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Out-Pacing Trump, Biden Gets 40 Federal Judges Confirmed in First Year

Chipping away at the gains made during the Trump administration, President Biden is moving expeditiously to counter the influx of Constitutionalists and Conservatives in the federal judiciary, filing vacancies at twice the pace of his predecessor.

With the Senate confirming a significant cache of judicial nominees into the dark hours of Saturday morning, Biden’s 2021 total confirmed federal court appointments was brought to 40, 21 more than President Trump had in 2017.

The confirmations will be the last ones of the year, with two more – Gabriel Sanchez and Holly Thomas – slated for votes at the beginning of the 2022 session.

Ronald Reagan was the last president to have 40 or more judicial nominees confirmed in his first year. Reagan totaled 41.

Despite Mr. Biden’s quick lurch out of the gate, Mr. Trump’s total number of appointees to the bench sets a high mark for the embattled Biden. Trump had 234 federal judges appointed to lifetime tenures across four years, including 54 appellate judges and three Supreme Court judges.

If Biden’s pace continues, however, he would make significant headway in re-claiming a Progressive-Fascist tint to the federal bench.

Why This Is Important

In an Orwellian Era when sitting US Senate Democrats can seek to blatantly ignore rulings by the Senate Parliamentarian simply because they don’t like a binding ruling, Conservatives, Constitutionalists, and Libertarians must come together to serve as the vanguard against totalitarianism.

It is sad but true that our federally elected officials (and in some cases our statewide elected officials) no longer represent their constituencies with fidelity. After all of their election cycle pandering to the voters, once the ballots are counted a constituent almost has to hire a K Street lobbyist to get an “audience” with their elected representatives.

Where crafting and voting on legislation is concerned, the positions held by voters seldom hold the same weight as the influence of lobbyists, special interest activists, and associated political parties and alliances.

Because of this, the people – in a growing number of instances – have to turn to litigation to sue the government into actually doing its job; into representing them with fidelity and per the US and State Constitutions.

This is why appointments to the federal judiciary are so critical in today’s political climate.

In eras gone by, the majority of federal judges held themselves to a higher level of ethics and bonded their decisions to constitutionality of any given matter. During these times the people – and even the States – were well served, as was the very idea of justice…blind justice.

But with the explosion of Progressivism during the Wilson administration (which in all honesty was a potent Fascism acknowledged by foreign leaders like Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in letters to President Wilson) the courts were subjected to politicization. From that point on the pure form – or the purer form – of the American judicial system began its decay.

Fast-forwarding to today, the federal judiciary and its political bent, have all but become an ideological ping-pong game between the two national political parties, neither of which necessarily holds constitutionality as the hallmark of qualifications to the bench. This is especially true when it comes to appointees submitted by Democrat presidents and especially those appointed by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents, and even Democrats who understand the Constitution must trump politics need to both critically vet each and every nominee outside the cancer of political bias and also raise the bar for nominees altogether.

The federal judiciary must be returned to the US Constitution; wrestled away from the opportunists of both political parties and all special interest groups. To do that, We the People must join in the vanguard…the American Vanguard.

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Frank Salvato

You can read all of Mr. Salvato's news analysis at Frank Salvato is the executive partner at The CompassPoint Group, LLC. He is the host of The Underground and RightMinded podcasts as heard on iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts, and anywhere podcasts are heard. He is a national political writer for National File. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is nationally syndicated. Mr. Salvato appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and Genesis Communications affiliate stations.

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