CHQ The Heller decision, confirming that the Second Amendment acknowledges an individual right to keep and bear arms, written by the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was in many respects the Roberts court’s finest hour.
In its acknowledgment that rights are inherent, not granted by government Heller is constitutional originalism at its finest and Scalia at his incisive and eloquent best.
But someone on his staff apparently forgot to tell Ohio Governor John Kasich about just how important Heller is to limited government constitutional conservatives because over the weekend he told CBS News that if he were elected President he would consider appointing to the Supreme Court the judge whose decision Heller overturned.
Here’s the quote just to give you a clear idea of how out-of-touch Kasich is with Second Amendment issues and limited government constitutional conservative principles.
“My feeling is, at the end of the day, whoever gets elected president should be in a position to be able to pick you know who they want and the American people will either decide by voting for a Republican or Democrat what the makeup of the court is,” Kasich said in the interview, which was taped Saturday.
The Ohio governor even suggested he’d consider naming Garland himself if he wins the presidency, noting the praise the nominee has received from conservatives in the past.
“As someone who’s talked about unity, would you take a look at Mr. Garland…if you were elected president?” host John Dickerson asked Kasich.
“Well, you know, he received you know overwhelming support, I think even from Senator Hatch, so of course we’d think about it,” Kasich replied. “The way we do it, John, is we look at a person’s record. I want a conservative who’s not going to make the law but who will interpret the law and somebody of high standing. I don’t care about their peccadilloes you know 30 years ago. But we have a process. I’ve appointed over 100 judges in Ohio, including a woman that, fortunately, I was able to appoint to the Ohio Supreme Court. And we’ve had good success with our selections.”
Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA had the complete case against Garland in The Washington Post last week, but Governor Kasich and his staff are apparently so disconnected from the day-to-day happenings in the Capital of the country he’d like to lead that they missed the free briefing on an issue that cuts right to the core of what’s at stake in this election – our individual liberty.