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09/09/2019

Justice Gorsuch is Everywhere
Michael Ramsey

So it seems.  Does he have a book coming out?  

Here are few of his appearances:

Time Magazine: Justice Neil Gorsuch: Why Originalism Is the Best Approach to the Constitution (book excerpt).  From the introduction:

Originalism teaches only that the Constitution’s original meaning is fixed; meanwhile, of course, new applications of that meaning will arise with new developments and new technologies. Consider a few examples. As originally understood, the term “cruel” in the Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause referred (at least) to methods of execution deliberately designed to inflict pain. That never changes. But that meaning doesn’t just encompass those particular forms of torture known at the founding. It also applies to deliberate efforts to inflict a slow and painful death by laser. Take another example. As originally understood, the First Amendment protected speech. That guarantee doesn’t just apply to speech on street corners or in newspapers; it applies equally to speech on the Internet. Or consider the Fourth Amendment. As originally understood, it usually required the government to get a warrant to search a home. And that meaning applies equally whether the government seeks to conduct a search the old-fashioned way by rummaging through the place or in a more modern way by using a thermal imaging device to see inside. Whether it’s the Constitution’s prohibition on torture, its protection of speech, or its restrictions on searches, the meaning remains constant even as new applications arise.

Wall Street Journal, Weekend Interview: The High Court’s Rocky Mountain Originalist -- Justice Neil Gorsuch discusses his new book, the dangers of the administrative state, and why the Constitution’s meaning never changes. From the beginning:

Justice Neil Gorsuch has two rules for his law clerks. “Rule No. 1: Don’t make stuff up,” he tells them. “Rule No. 2: When people beg, and say, ‘Oh, the consequences are so important,’ and when they say, ‘You’re a terrible, terrible, terrible person if you don’t,’ just refer back to Rule No. 1. And we’ll be fine.”

He is sitting in a wood-and-leather chair in his Supreme Court chambers. He’s discussing originalism, the idea that the Constitution’s meaning is the same in 2019 as in 1788. “Our Founders deliberately chose a written constitution,” he says. “Its writtenness was important to them. They rejected the English tradition of an unwritten constitution, because they wanted to fix certain things.”

To treat the Constitution as a “living” document, he says, is to regard it “more or less as a relic,” something kept “in the back of the church behind a screen, and you look at it as you walk by, and you move on.” But that’s “not what ‘We the People’ agreed to,” he adds. “We didn’t say five judges—or nine, or whatever—sitting in Washington get to govern 330 million people. Who would write such a thing down? Who would agree to that? That’s not a republic. I don’t know what that is, but it’s not a republic. Not a democracy.”

In his new book, “A Republic, if You Can Keep It”—a mix of speeches, reflections and excerpts from his judicial opinions, to be published Sept. 10—Justice Gorsuch makes the case, he says, that “we should all be originalists.” Consider the alternative: “What happens when judges make it up?” he asks. “Strange things happen. You start losing rights, first of all, that are in the Constitution.”

Also on Fox News: Neil Gorsuch opens up on journey to Supreme Court in Fox News special.

And here is the book: Neil Gorsuch, A Republic, If You Can Keep It (Crown Forum, Sept. 10, 2019).

Justice Neil Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court, the role of the judge under our Constitution, and the vital responsibility of each American to keep our republic strong.
 
As Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was reportedly asked what kind of government the founders would propose. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” In this book, Justice Neil Gorsuch shares personal reflections, speeches, and essays that focus on the remarkable gift the framers left us in the Constitution.
 
Justice Gorsuch draws on his thirty-year career as a lawyer, teacher, judge, and justice to explore essential aspects our Constitution, its separation of powers, and the liberties it is designed to protect. He discusses the role of the judge in our constitutional order, and why he believes that originalism and textualism are the surest guides to interpreting our nation’s founding documents and protecting our freedoms. He explains, too, the importance of affordable access to the courts in realizing the promise of equal justice under law—while highlighting some of the challenges we face on this front today.
 
Along the way, Justice Gorsuch reveals some of the events that have shaped his life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his Supreme Court confirmation process. And he emphasizes the pivotal roles of civic education, civil discourse, and mutual respect in maintaining a healthy republic.
 
A Republic, If You Can Keep It offers compelling insights into Justice Gorsuch’s faith in America and its founding documents, his thoughts on our Constitution’s design and the judge’s place within it, and his beliefs about the responsibility each of us shares to sustain our distinctive republic of, by, and for “We the People.”