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June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 28, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring.  We have a variety of guests lined up to look at his legacy and impact on the Court and at who may replace him.

4:00 – Who will replace Kennedy?

In the first two years of his term, President Trump is set to nominate as many Justices as Clinton, Bush and Obama did in their entire respective presidencies. The future of the Court was an issue that was a major influence on those who were not ardent supporters of Trump, but voted for him in the end. Ed Whelan joins us.  

4:20 – Does the Free Economy Stifle a Culture of Beauty?

What forms culture? Do capitalism, mass production and industrialization inevitably result in blandness and ugliness? David Clayton doesn’t think so. He joins us with a look at how personal freedom and faith allow us to flourish in society and create a culture of beauty.

4:40 – Anthony Kennedy: Reagan’s Worst Mistake

On November 11, 1987 President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court, a move that was supposed to calm the waters generated by the disastrous nominations of Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg. Kennedy’s subsequent decades on the court saw the redefinition of things as basic as life and marriage. Paul Kengor discusses what he sees as Reagan’s greatest mistake.  

5:00 – An Historic Opportunity to Reshape the Court  

If the next Supreme Court Justice comes from the list then-candidate Trump released two years ago, the Court will be dominated by a core of five largely Originalist judges – and the next two oldest judges are both progressive. This is an opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court for decades to come. What does this mean for the future of issues like abortion and religious liberty? We talk with Daniel Mark.

5:20 – Kresta Comments: The Constitution and Originalism  

During Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court hearings last year, he was pressed on his Originalist view of the Constitution. Many of the questions reflected a gross misrepresentation of what it means to be an Originalist – Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota went as far as to ask if a woman could be president, since the Constitution refers to the presidency with male pronouns. Al explains what the Originalist view actually means.

5:40 – An Appraisal of Kennedy’s Record

For thirty years, Anthony Kennedy has been a powerful member of the Supreme Court – a consistent swing voter who has cast the deciding vote in many consequential cases. We’ll get a summary with Matthew Frank.