How Important Is the Appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?

How Important Is the Appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?

In the September 5, 2016 issue of the Nation, an article titled "Voting-Rights Victories" noted that the Supreme Court "struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, ruling that states with the longest histories of  voter discrimination no longer had to seek approval from the federal government for changes to their election procedures. A month after that decision, North Carolina — where 40 counties had previously been subject to that requirement — passed the country's most sweeping voting restrictions."

Elections have consequences — and so do rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States. The selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the ninth member of the court, which basically gives the conservative members a 5 to 4 majority, may well give that court a conservative slant for the next 30 years or more.

With Senator Jeff Sessions as the nation's new attorney general and a conservative Supreme Court, the country may well be faced with a reversal of all of the hard-fought victories that gave equal voice (and the right to vote) to those who had been denied those rights as citizens for too many years.

Welcome to the Age of Trump.

Beau Weisman, Editor