President Donald Trump has named Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, his third appointment to the nation’s highest tribunal. The new justice filled the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died Sept. 28, the longest serving member of the court, having been appointed in 1998 by President Bill Clinton.

The new jurist at age 48 is one of the youngest justices to be named to the high court. Her appointment climaxed a bitter fight against by Democrats in the Senate confirmation hearing. This came despite her strong credentials, having served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 2017 to 2020. She also was a professor of law at Notre Dame, her alma mater.

Democrats questioned her impartiality because of her Catholic faith and whether she would follow judicial precedents in favor of Roe v. Wade, the litmus test of Democrats and other liberal groups. She testified at confirmation hearings that she would follow established precedents but said it was not appropriate to indicate how she would vote on any issue. Democrats angrily protested her appointment and boycotted her Senate confirmation hearings. Senate minority leader Democrat Chuck Schumer called Barrett’s confirmation “a sordid chapter in America’s history, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “This is a very sad day for our country.”

Georgia’s two U.S. senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, predictably praised the president’s appointing Barrett to the Supreme Court, as did most of the congressional delegation. Republicans consider the new justice highly qualified and applaud her conservative views. They expect she will be a strong conservative voice on the high court for years to come while Democrats hope to “pack the court” with liberals if they win a Senate majority in the Nov. 3 elections. It’s all-out political war between the parties in what is one of the most divided times in our country’s history.

It’s clear that what’s needed is a return to the political and social comity that was the rule years ago as exemplified by the friendship between members of opposing parties. It’s not clear that the average citizen shares the enmity of their political leaders and perhaps that holds the key to better relationships in the future. For the sake of our country’s political future, we fervently hope so.

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George Don Spruill

"Georgia’s two U.S. senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, predictably praised the president’s appointing Barrett to the Supreme Court, as did most of the congressional delegation. Republicans consider the new justice highly qualified and applaud her conservative views." Predictably praised? If the Leftists Senators in the Democrat Party were as honest and truthful as they are political and biased, every one of them would complement Justice Barrett for her credentials and her experience both as an educator and on the bench. This country may be divided, but we are not equal in our opinions. Which party is the party of abortion? Which party is talking about packing the Supreme Court? Which party is talking about adding states? Which party is talking about abolishing the filibuster? Please don't make it sound like the two political parties are simply divided over items of small import. This is not like the Democrat and Republican parties of my youth, of which George Wallace (a Democrat you will remember) said, "They ain't a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties." The issues of division between the parties include the life and death of human beings and the life and death of our Constitution. Don't let business reasons (trying not to lose Leftist subscribers) overrule your ability to see and speak the truth.

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