Today, RNLA hosted a powerful webinar on Judge Amy Coney Barrett featuring the Network of enlightened Women's Karin Lips and The Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro. The event came as Democrats are even using the President’s COVID-19 diagnosis as a reason to delay hearings on Judge Barrett’s confirmation. The reality is that the Democrats and their liberal allies will go to extreme lengths of any means to defeat or delay Judge Barrett’s nomination.
One of the worst tactics utilized by liberals is attacking Judge Barrett based on her gender. As Karin Lips explains: "Popular feminists today are quick to mock, delegitimize, and pressure conservative women into silence. To many, we are 'gender traitors' once we speak out or support conservatives in public life."
Similarly, journalists have emphasized the size of Barrett's "large family" and suggested it is odd while falsely smearing her religious organization as the supposed inspiration for "A Handmaid's Tale." Others have challenged whether the adoptions of two of her children were even legal.
Despite her sterling credentials, Barrett has been criticized as unqualified for the Supreme Court because she has only three years of experience on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Never mind that Justice Elena Kagan, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, did not have any experience as a sitting judge prior to her confirmation.
Modern feminists send the message that views held by conservative women aren’t welcome and that there will be social consequences for speaking out
The real reason for these delay tactics and attacks on issues that should be irrelevant to Barrett's fitness to be a Supreme Court justice is very simple: Amy Coney Barrett is a rock star.
In an article entitled "The brilliance lives loudly within her," Ilya Shapiro wrote about Barrett's acceptance of the Supreme Court nomination:
Here was a joyous, American-as-apple-pie judge next door.
“ I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution,” she said on that Saturday afternoon at the White House. “I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.” What a breath of fresh air amid the 2020 miasma, disarming critics and even dispelling some of the toxic clouds over Washington.
At the 2019 Federalist Society lawyers convention, Barrett stated that “one ought to be an originalist because the Constitution, no less than a statute, is law.” She went on to say that “the original Constitution, along with each of its amendments, was adopted in an exercise of popular sovereignty. ... If a constitutional provision became authoritative because the people consented to it, then we need to know what they consented to. To discern that, we look at the meaning the text had at the time it was drafted and ratified.”
RNLA Members can hear today's webinar in its entirety by going to the Members Only Section of RNLA.org.