Column: Conservative principles still matter
Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the United States Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. This was a monumental achievement for President Donald Trump and limited government conservatives everywhere who believe that the role of judges is to respect and interpret the Constitution as it is written, not to make laws from the bench. Justice Gorsuch is an exceptional jurist with a sharp intellect, a strong moral compass and an unwavering commitment to uphold the rule of law.
I had the great honor of serving as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals for six years. I know first-hand how important it is to have conservatives in our courts who adhere to the limited government principles enshrined in our Constitution. When I served in Michigan’s judicial branch, I was always guided by the Constitution, not by the prevailing political winds of the time.
Judicial selections are one of the most important decisions a president makes, but also one of the most important decisions a governor makes. With liberals increasingly trying to enact their radical agenda through the courts, we need strong conservative judges who are committed to protecting our Second Amendment rights, our religious liberties and the rights of the unborn.
If elected Michigan’s next governor, I believe my experience on the bench would put me in the best position to select excellent judges who serve as strict constructionists in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, adding honor and integrity to Michigan’s courts.
While some may ask why we would take note of this anniversary, it is important to remember that some Republicans dropped their support of Trump before the 2016 election. Stop for a minute to imagine a world in which the scales in Michigan tipped the presidency to Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. Would we be talking about Justice Gorsuch? No. We would be talking about the liberal appointments a President Hillary Clinton is making, fundamentally altering the structure of the court and the future of our country.
I am a lifelong conservative who has fought for our principles and values while defending our state and federal constitutions. I’ve defended innocent life, the requirement of equal treatment in admission to Michigan universities, and the Second Amendment. And I have served as a rule-of-law judge.
Thanks to steadfast conservatives who held firm to their principals, today we can celebrate the anniversary of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Without them, the court, and our future, would have a much different look.
Bill Schuette is attorney general of Michigan.