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How Justice Kavanaugh Will Change the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday and he will begin hearing oral arguments on Tuesday, Oct. 7, when the court comes back from its Columbus Day holiday.

Those who expect rapid, radical changes in the jurisprudence of the court are likely to be disappointed. But in the long run, there seems little doubt that Kavanaugh’s addition will lead to stronger enforcement of constitutional rights such as religious liberty, the right to bear arms, greater adherence to limits on congressional and executive power, and, perhaps most importantly, a lesser likelihood that the court will create new rights not explicitly recognized in the Constitution.

Much has been said about the unfair and downright nasty tactics used by some Democratic senators and their allies during Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle. But the reason they resorted to these tactics is because the federal courts have become so important in their quest to change America into their version of a progressive utopia.

For many decades, liberals have been using the federal courts to implement the changes they have been unable to achieve through Congress and state legislatures. When they cannot convince voters and legislators, they have resorted to federal judges to ignore the law and ignore the Constitution and implement their social policies by judicial fiat.

Democrats still have four solid liberal justices on the court who are likely to vote the way liberals want them to on most issues, particularly “social justice” issues like abortion, racial preferences, gay marriage, and campaign finance. From their perspective, there is only one politically acceptable view on those issues

Kavanaugh is replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh clerked. On many issues, Kennedy was a staunch supporter of the Constitution. He certainly voted to protect the First Amendment in numerous cases coming before the court, particularly in the area of campaign finance law.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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