It is quite possible that the greatest legacy of President Trump may be his tremendous success in changing the face of the American judiciary, as his record-setting performance in getting conservative jurists into the judiciary has been nothing less than stellar.
To understand how vital Trump’s actions have been, consider this: the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently refused to reconsider a 2-1 ruling of a 4th Circuit panel last fall that ruled the World War I memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, was “unconstitutional.”
Never mind, as The Daily Signal pointed out, that the 40-foot cross had stood there since 1925, funded by the American Legion and local families in 1925; never mind that the cross features a plaque listing the names of 49 Prince George’s County men who were killed in World War I; the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the cross.
And here’s the key point: six of the eight judges that ruled against the cross were appointed by Barack Obama. The ruling was ultimately 8 to 6 against reconsidering the original court’s ruling. In addition, the two judges, Stephanie D. Thacker and James A. Wynn, who comprised the 2-1 majority in the October ruling, were put on the bench by Obama.
Now you can see the ripple effect of the judiciary, and the importance of President Trump’s determination to see conservatives on the court.
The court ruling against the cross found that because the upkeep and repairs of the monument are the responsibility of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, that “has the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion.”
The Daily Signal adds, “That plaque at the base of the memorial also includes the words ‘valor, endurance, courage, devotion.’ But the only thing the secularists at the American Humanist Association (which filed the suit) is ‘devoted’ to is anti-Christian intolerance.”
Hiram Sasser, deputy chief counsel for First Liberty Institute, was determined the fight is not over yet, asserting, “We cannot allow it to be the final word. If this decision stands, other memorials—including those in nearby Arlington Cemetery—will be targeted as well.”