COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 4, 2017—Following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11-9 vote along party lines to endorse Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, Dr. James Dobson issues the following statement:
“There are certain traditions in this country that used to be sacrosanct, one of those being that the President of the United States—and he alone—was afforded the courtesy of nominating judges to sit on the Supreme Court. As long as that nominee was considered credible, a newly elected president’s choice was given deference by members of the Senate. Now, even after an endorsement by the left-leaning American Bar Association, it seems that this tradition too will be tossed aside in the interest of partisan obstructionism.
“This is yet another example of how Congress is failing the American people within the context of history and tradition. Judge Gorsuch is a uniquely qualified and brilliant nominee. By promising a filibuster—even as Republicans promise to confirm him one way or the other—Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is positioning himself as President Trump’s equal in the nomination process. This flies in the face of our Constitution and the very institutions that serve as the backbone of our democracy.
“We simply cannot allow this reckless assault on our traditions, or on the institution of the Supreme Court itself, to go unchecked. It is up to “We the People” to let our Senators know that there will be consequences at the voting booth for all those who stand in the way of Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. To everyone with a voice, now is the time to use it. Call, write, email, and protest so that our Senators get the message loud and clear and swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch.”
Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised four U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. He is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.