zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Mar 20, 2017 10:53 AM
Watch live as Neil Gorsuch takes the stand ahead of what will undoubtedly be a fun day full of protests and political grandstanding. Updates posted below:
Update 1: Key notes from Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley‘s Opening Statement:
On the role of Judges:
But to endure, our system of self-government requires judges to apply the text of our laws as the people’s representatives enacted them. So our judges, by design, play a critical–but limited—role. They decide cases or controversies. But in resolving those cases, they may look only to the laws the People wrote.
Judges aren’t free to re-write statutes to get results they believe are more just. Judges aren’t free to reorder regulations to make them more fair. And no, Judges aren’t free to “update” the Constitution. That’s not their job.
That power is retained by the People, acting through their elected representatives. When our Judges don’t respect this limited role, when they substitute their own policy preferences for those in the legislative branch, they rob from the American people the right to govern themselves.
As that happens, inch by inch and step by step, democracy is undermined, the carefully constructed balance of power is upset, and individual liberty is lost.