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Dublin, Jan. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Global Market for Natural Fibers 2020-2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. There are global concerns regarding the use of non-renewable materials in manufacturing and increasing environmental legislation. There is pressure, both consumer and regulatory, for products that are more environmentally friendly and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. As a result, the use of natural fibers in products and composites will continue to grow as major contributors towards a biobased economy. Natural fibers are either plant-based (ligno) cellulosics, animal-based protein fibers or inorganic polymers. They possess advantages over synthetic fibres including widespread availability, low cost, low density, acceptable modulus-weight ratio, high acoustic damping, low manufacturing energy consumption, low carbon footprint and biodegradability. Report contents include: Market drivers for natural fibers.Market trends.Global revenues for natural fibers 2020-2030, by fiber types, market and region.Technology challenges.Covid-19 market impact.Analysis of types of natural fibers.Markets for natural fibers, including composites, aerospace, automotive, construction & building, sports & leisure, textiles, consumer products and packaging.Profiles of 67 natural fiber companies. Companies profiled include Ananas Anam, BASF, Bast Fiber Technologies Inc., BComp, Circular Systems, Evrnu, Natural Fiber Welding, Icytos and many more. Key Topics Covered: 1 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3.1 Market drivers for natural fibers 3.2 Global revenues for natural fibers 2020-2030 3.2.1 By fiber type 3.2.2 By market 3.2.3 By region 3.3 Technology challenges 3.4 Future trends 3.5 Covid-19 impact 4 NATURAL FIBER TYPES 4.1 Application, manufacturing method, and matrix materials of natural fibers 4.2 Advantages of natural fibers 4.3 Disadvantages 4.4 Plants (cellulose, lignocellulose) 4.4.1 Seed fibers 22.214.171.124 Cotton 126.96.36.199 Luffa 4.4.2 Bast fibers 188.8.131.52 Jute 184.108.40.206 Hemp 220.127.116.11 Flax 18.104.22.168 Ramie 22.214.171.124 Kenaf 4.4.3 Leaf fibers 126.96.36.199 Sisal 188.8.131.52 Abaca 4.4.4 Fruit fibers 184.108.40.206 Banana 220.127.116.11 Pineapple 4.4.5 Stalk fibers from agricultural residues 18.104.22.168 Wheat and rice 22.214.171.124 Corn 4.4.6 Soft and hardwoods 4.4.7 Cane, grasses and reed 126.96.36.199 Switch grass 188.8.131.52 Sugarcane (agricultural residues) 184.108.40.206 Bamboo 220.127.116.11 Fresh grass (green biorefinery) 4.4.8 Modified natural polymers 18.104.22.168 Chitosan 22.214.171.124 Alginate 4.5 Animal (fibrous protein) 4.5.1 Wool 4.5.2 Silk 4.5.3 Leather 126.96.36.199 Alternative leather materials 4.6 Other natural fibers 5 MARKETS FOR NATURAL FIBERS 5.1 Composites 5.1.1 Natural fiber injection moulding compounds 5.1.2 Non-woven natural fiber mat composites 5.1.3 Aligned natural fiber-reinforced composites 5.1.4 Natural fiber biobased polymer compounds 5.1.5 Natural fiber biobased polymer non-woven mats 5.1.6 Natural fiber biobased polymer composites 5.1.7 Natural fiber thermoset bioresin composites 5.2 Aerospace 5.3 Automotive 5.4 Construction and building 5.4.1 Wood plastic composites and building materials 5.4.2 Insulation 5.5 Sports and leisure 5.5.1 Composites 5.5.2 Sportswear 5.6 Textiles 5.6.1 Consumer apparel 5.6.2 Geotextiles 5.7 Consumer products 5.8 Packaging 5.8.1 Food packaging 5.8.2 Beverage packaging 6 GLOBAL NATURAL FIBERS MARKET 6.1 Overall global fibers market 6.2 Plant-based fiber production 6.3 Animal-based natural fiber production 7 NATURAL FIBER PRODUCERS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPER PROFILES 8 REFERENCES Companies Mentioned Ananas AnamBASFBast Fiber Technologies Inc.BCompCircular SystemsEvrnuIcytosNatural Fiber Welding For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/o2ur7 Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research. CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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Key Prominent Players Covered in the Spinal Cord Stimulation Market Research Report Are Boston Scientific Corporation, Medtronic, Abbott, Nevro Corp, Nuvectra, Stimwave LLC and other key market players.Pune, India, Jan. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global spinal cord stimulation market is expected to reach USD 4.12 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period. The increasing acceptance of minimally invasive therapies can have a tremendous impact on the global market, states Fortune Business Insights, in a report. The market size stood at USD 2.88 billion in 2019. Favorable Government Guidelines to Intensify Market The favorable policies pertaining to spinal cord stimulation therapy is expected to bolster the healthy growth of the market. Numerous government associations are introducing guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain and other disease indications, which, in turn, will aid the expansion of the market. Request a Sample Copy of the Research Report: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/enquiry/request-sample-pdf/spinal-cord-stimulation-market-100313 For instance, in January 2019, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidelines and recommendations for the Senza SCS system, which delivers HF10 therapy to treat patients having neuropathic pain. Moreover, the rising shift towards non-opioid alternative therapies coupled with high demand for spinal cord stimulation will uplift the market in the near future. For instance, in 2018, the FDA received over 200 submissions from companies seeking a speedy approval process for devices that can be used in place of opioids for pain management. We are making endless efforts to uplift businesses in this crucial need of the hour. Our expertise and experience can offer enormous benefits to help regain this global pandemic. Rescheduling of Effective Surgeries to Restrict Market Amid COVID-19 The postponement of selective and non-urgent surgeries by the government to administer COVID-19 patients has subsequently affected the growth of the market. According to COVIDSurg, around 28.4 million surgeries were canceled or postponed during the peak of 12 weeks of disruption due to COVID‐19. Many companies operating in the market reported a major drop in revenue during the pandemic. Click here to get the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on this Market. Please visit: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/industry-reports/spinal-cord-stimulation-market-100313 For instance, Abbott’s neuromodulation segment reported a 30.1% decline in the global revenues during the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019. Similarly, the neuromodulation segment of Boston Scientific Corporation witnessed a 24.6% decline in sales globally during the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019. Prevalence of Disc Diseases to Augment Growth in Europe North America accounted for the maximum share of the market primary due to the rapid adoption of neuromodulation therapies. The market in Europe is expected to grow owing to the rising cases of degenerative disc diseases and chronic pain. The introduction of innovative systems by companies will enable speedy expansion of the market in the region. For instance, in January 2019, the launch of Spectra WaveWriter spinal cord stimulator system by Boston Scientific in Europe. Asia Pacific is likely to account for a considerable in the global market during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the rapid adoption of neuromodulation therapies. The surging geriatric population is expected to bode well for the market in Asia Pacific. The growing demand for minimally invasive therapies will further incite the development of the market in the region. Quick Buy - Spinal Cord Stimulation Market Research Report: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/checkout-page/100313 Key Development: September 2018: Nevro, a medical device company announced that it has received TGA approval for Senza II, the company’s second-generation spinal cord stimulation system. The Report Lists the Key Companies in the Global Spinal Cord Stimulation Market: Boston Scientific Corporation (Massachusetts, U.S.)Medtronic (Dublin, Ireland)Abbott (Illinois, U.S.)Nevro Corp (California, U.S.)Nuvectra (Texas, U.S.)Stimwave LLC (Florida, U.S.)Other prominent players Have Any Query? 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There are negative reasons to be a Zionist, and there are affirmative reasons. The negative ones, which relate to historical anti-Jewish hatred and abuse, make the humanitarian case for Zionism — that the Jews need a state because they need a refuge. That argument launched the Zionist movement in the 19th century, and it remains valid to this day. The affirmative reasons relate to Jewish civilization. They boil down to the conviction that Jewish culture is an invaluable inheritance that only in the Land of Israel, in a state with a Jewish majority, can be developed fully and perpetuated reliably. My father was a Holocaust survivor. His family lived in the Austrian part of Poland. The Nazis killed his parents and seven of his eight siblings. If Israel had existed at the time, my grandparents and aunts and uncles would have had a place to escape to. Naturally, as a child, the humanitarian reasons to be a Zionist predominated with me. My father was not much for books, but one that impressed him since he was a boy was Auto-Emancipation, a Zionist manifesto written in 1882 by a Russian Jew named Leo Pinsker. At my dad’s urging, I read it when I was young. I remember being struck by Pinsker’s observation that no people bleeds for foreigners and so the stateless Jew seeking hospitality is like a beggar and a refugee. “And what beggar is welcome?” Pinsker asks, and “Where is the refugee to whom a refuge may not be refused?” As an adult, I came to appreciate the positive reasons to be a Zionist. Israel is not just a refuge and bastion. For the Jews as a people, it is the “organic center.” I use that term because George Eliot used it in her novel Daniel Deronda, published in 1876. A Jewish character in the novel named Mordecai calls on his people to found “a new Jewish polity,” which would recreate their “organic centre,” revitalizing their civilization. Mordecai declares, “Let there be another great migration, another choosing of Israel to be a nationality.” Mordecai argues: “Who says that the history and literature of our race are dead? Are they not as living as the history and literature of Greece and Rome, which have inspired revolutions? . . . These were an inheritance dug from the tomb. Ours is an inheritance that has never ceased to quiver in millions of human frames.” These words often come to my mind. George Eliot, a non-Jew whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, penned them 20 years before Theodor Herzl wrote The Jewish State. Her proto-Zionism does not lie in a tomb. It remains alive. I feel, as it were, that it quivers within me. I don’t think anyone in the last century and a half has crystalized with greater force or elegance the affirmative reasons to be a Zionist. *** To be a Zionist is to revel in the ways Israel has integrated Jewish principles and traditions into the daily life of a large modern democratic society. Though liberal and secular, Israel is a Jewish state. What does that mean? It means that the Jews are in the majority. Their collective interests prevail, so they enjoy the dignity of self-reliance and self-defense. Hebrew is the main language. Jewish history inspires the geographical names. Jewish subjects have a special place in the schools. The Jewish religious calendar influences the rhythm of life. Every Friday afternoon, even in nonreligious neighborhoods, one can hear the hush of Sabbath descend. Britain, Sweden, and other democracies have crosses on their flags, while Israel has a Star of David. And the interests of Jewry as such are a primary concern of the national government. None of this is so in any other country in the world. On the way in which democracy and ethnicity relate to each other, a brief comment: America’s Founders did not create our republic for the purpose of protecting a particular people’s existence and culture. In general, though Christmas is a national holiday, the American political tradition is averse to official privileges for particular ethnicities or faiths. So, it’s understandable that an American may question how Israel can be both democratic and Jewish. The short answer is that the way Americans practice democracy is not the only way. It helps to consider that most liberal, democratic countries were founded on an ethnic basis. Most give special consideration to the majority population’s cultural interests. Many favor a particular language. Some have a state church. A number, including Ireland and Japan, have laws of return that favor expatriates of the majority people. As democracies go, Israel, being ethnically based, is ordinary. It is the United States that is exceptional. The compatibility of Zionism and democracy relates to the issue of dual loyalty, which poses the question of whether those American Jews who are Zionists should be viewed as having divided loyalties. The question has been of personal interest to me, of course, because of my government work. Some of my more rabid critics have accused me of divided loyalties. First of all, the frame of mind that produces such accusations is the same that argued for opposing John Kennedy’s presidential campaign on the grounds that, as a Roman Catholic, Kennedy would subordinate his oath of office to his loyalty to the pope. It’s simplistic and erroneous — and it violates the American democratic principles that it claims to uphold. This matter was addressed nicely by Louis Brandeis. “Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with patriotism,” Brandies said in a speech in 1915, soon before he joined the Supreme Court. “Multiple loyalties are objectionable only if they are inconsistent. A man is a better citizen of the United States for being also a loyal citizen of his state, and of his city; for being loyal to his family, and to his profession or trade. . . . Every Irish American who contributed towards advancing home rule was a better man and a better American for the sacrifice he made. Every American Jew who aids in advancing the Jewish settlement in Palestine, though he feels that neither he nor his descendants will ever live there, will likewise be a better man and a better American for doing so.” I say “Amen” to Justice Brandeis. Americans, Jewish or not, can easily square their support for Zionism with their sacred duties, in and out of the government, as American citizens. My final comment is that there’s something miraculous about the Jews’ attachment to the Land of Israel. Benjamin Disraeli captured the magic in his 1847 novel Tancred. “The vineyards of Israel have ceased to exist, but the eternal law enjoins the children of Israel still to celebrate the vintage,” he wrote, referring to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. “A race that persist in celebrating their vintage, although they have no fruits to gather, will regain their vineyards. What sublime inexorability in the law! But what indomitable spirit in the people!” So that’s why I’m a Zionist. Editor’s note: This essay was adapted from remarks at a recent panel discussion, “Why Am I a Zionist?,” at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., on January 11, 2021.
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Editor’s Note: The below is an expanded version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review. There could hardly be a stronger person, says her brother Walid. Yet “she cried when the verdict was read, because she was innocent, and she was being labeled a terrorist.” This was on December 28. Immediately, “she wanted to appeal the verdict, even though we don’t have much hope in the Saudi judicial system.” We are speaking of Loujain al-Hathloul, one of the most prominent political prisoners in Saudi Arabia. She was judged guilty in a notorious “special court,” ostensibly reserved for terrorists and other dangerous characters. She was sentenced to five years and eight months. What did she do? She campaigned for human rights, and, specifically, women’s rights: the right to live independently; the right to have legal recourse in the case of domestic abuse; the right to drive a car. She knew the risks she was taking in campaigning for these simple rights. She had no “need” to do it, because she was living a perfectly fine life as it was. But she felt compelled to do it. According to her family, and others who know her, she has a strong sense of right and wrong, and a strong sense of patriotism. In short, she wanted her country to be freer and more just. Many other Saudis feel just as she does. Some of them are in prison, as she is. One of these is Raif Badawi, who was imprisoned in 2012. He was also lashed. Badawi’s crime was to blog for the basics — meaning, freedom, democracy, human rights. These “basics” seem like faraway dreams to a great many around the world. Since June 2017, the boss in Saudi Arabia has been the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. He is known as a liberal reformer, with some justification. Yet the world can be forgiven if it does not quite see him that way. In October 2018, Saudi agents murdered Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident and journalist. They did it in Istanbul. They did it in spectacular fashion. Then there are the political prisoners, such as the two we have named. The cruelty — indeed, sadism — of the Saudi regime is plain. Possibly, Loujain al-Hathloul will be released in a matter of months. The judge suspended two years and ten months of her sentence, and gave her credit for the time she has already spent in prison. Her family is hoping for the best, although dictatorships are good at dashing hopes. Loujain is 31 years old, born in July 1989. Her name means “pearl,” and her brother Walid says, “That’s what she is to our family.” Their father is an engineer, educated at the University of Michigan; their mother is a retired schoolteacher. There are six siblings altogether: two brothers, four sisters. Loujain is the fourth child in that lineup. Three of the siblings live abroad, and have campaigned mightily for Loujain. The rest of the family is in Saudi Arabia, and barred from leaving the country. There is little they can do of a public nature. Freedom of speech is not recognized by the Saudi government. “It does not surprise me that Loujain became an activist,” says Walid. As a girl, she cared a lot about people and questioned injustices around her: in particular, inequality between boys and girls, and men and women. She was always asking questions that weren’t quite safe to ask. Walid provides an example of her kindness and selflessness. He managed to talk to her, by phone, in June 2018. Later, the family learned that this was a dark, dark time for her in prison. “The moment I get out,” she said to Walid, “I’m going to find you a woman to marry.” Walid answered, “Loujain, this is no time to talk about romance. Let’s focus on getting you out.” No, said Loujain, “we have to talk about getting you settled down.” “This touched my heart,” says Walid. He and Loujain went to “a typical high school in Riyadh,” he says. Eventually, Loujain went to a university far away: the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. She studied French literature. An exceptional young Saudi herself, she married another such person in 2014. He is Fahad al-Butairi, an actor, screenwriter, and stand-up comedian. Indeed, he was one of the very first stand-up comedians in Saudi Arabia. He got his start in this line of work while a student at the University of Texas in Austin. Fahad and Loujain became widely known in Saudi Arabia, especially inspiring the young. In December 2014, Loujain did something daring. She had obtained a driver’s license from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as is Saudi Arabia. One of the rules of the GCC says, if you have a driver’s license from one country, it is valid in another country. Testing this, Loujain tried to drive from the UAE into Saudi Arabia. She was arrested by Saudi agents at the border — and imprisoned for 73 days. During this imprisonment, no harm came to her. To put it bluntly: She was not tortured. Jump to 2018. Loujain was a graduate student in the UAE, studying for a master’s in sociology on the Abu Dhabi campus of the Sorbonne. On March 13, she was driving on a highway when she was pulled over and, essentially, kidnapped. Saudi agents put her on a private jet and transported her back to her home country. She was detained for two nights, released on the 15th. When they released her, they put her on a travel ban and gave her a warning: Stay absolutely quiet. In this same period, Fahad, too, was kidnapped. He had been in Jordan, shooting a film. According to the best reports obtainable, Saudi agents handcuffed and blindfolded him, and put him on a plane back home. On the 15th of May — two months after Loujain’s (most recent) release — something shocking happened: They arrested her again, coming to her home to seize her. The same day, they arrested other women’s-rights activists, including Eman al-Nafjan, Aisha al-Mana, and Aziza al-Yousef. Each one of them has a story to tell, each one of them merits an article — or a book — of her own. The timing of these arrests was curious. The next month, Saudi women were scheduled to get the right to drive. Why crack down on the activists at this juncture? Because, goes the consensus, the government wanted to show who was in charge. Driving was a favor to be granted by the king and his crown prince to their subjects. It was not a right to be demanded by those subjects, as if they were citizens. Moreover, activists, or would-be activists, should think twice before asking for any more rights. Loujain’s parents were not allowed to visit her until August, three months after her arrest. In January 2019, Loujain’s sister Alia wrote the following, in an article published in the New York Times: My parents saw that she was shaking uncontrollably, unable to hold her grip, to walk or sit normally. My strong, resilient sister blamed it on the air-conditioning and tried to assure my parents that she would be fine. In the autumn of 2018, human-rights organizations started to report that prisoners were being tortured, with unusual ferocity, in Saudi Arabia. These included women prisoners — something relatively new, and considered at odds with Saudi ethics. Visiting her in December, Loujain’s parents confronted her on the question of torture. Tearfully, she confessed. She had been trying to spare them the information. Writes Alia al-Hathloul, She said she had been held in solitary confinement, beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed, and threatened with rape and murder. My parents then saw that her thighs were blackened by bruises. Perhaps we can have another paragraph on this horrible subject: Saud al-Qahtani, a top royal adviser, was present several times when Loujain was tortured, she said. Sometimes Mr. Qahtani laughed at her, sometimes he threatened to rape and kill her and throw her body into the sewage system. Along with six of his men, she said, Mr. Qahtani tortured her all night during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. He forced Loujain to eat with them, even after sunrise. She asked them if they would keep eating all day during Ramadan. One of his men answered, “No one is above us, not even God.” In March 2019, ten months after her arrest, Loujain al-Hathloul was granted a trial — though the procedure was not worthy of the name. At this point, the case was in a regular criminal court, not the “special court” that would come later. The charges against Loujain were along these lines: contacting human-rights organizations; contacting foreign journalists; contacting foreign diplomats; contacting Saudi activists abroad; and applying for a job at the United Nations. Especially galling to the authorities, apparently, was the fact that Loujain had freely discussed her (initial) prison experience. This put the kingdom in an unflattering light. Loujain’s trial was postponed after about a month, with no reason given. At some point in 2018, there was a divorce between Loujain and Fahad. This is the one subject that her family is reluctant to discuss now, for it is both very painful and very personal. The assumption of observers is this: Saudi authorities pressured Fahad to divorce Loujain, whom they wanted to make a national pariah and hate figure. During her imprisonment, Loujain has received significant international recognition. There is nothing a political prisoner wants more than to be remembered; there is nothing a dictatorship wants more than that the prisoner be forgotten. PEN America gave Loujain and two other female prisoners in Saudi Arabia — Eman al-Nafjan and Nouf Abdulaziz — a free-expression award. At the relevant gala, the actor Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, posed for pictures. They held up signs with the prisoners’ names on them. This may seem silly — a crumb — but such gestures mean a lot to political prisoners and their families. Time magazine named Loujain one of the 100 most influential people of 2019. At the U.N. Human Rights Council, 36 countries called on the Saudi government — which then belonged to that council — to release prisoners such as Loujain. Among the countries doing so were France, Germany, and Britain. The European Parliament has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to let the prisoners go. From the executive branch of the U.S. government, there has been little. From the U.S. Congress, there have been resolutions, in favor of the prisoners: one offered in the House by Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat; one offered in the Senate by Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican. Some high-placed Americans are puzzled by the Saudi government’s insistence on keeping the activists jailed. It is hurting the government’s reputation around the world. What harm would it have done to let the prisoners go when COVID-19 struck? The pandemic would have been a nice, face-saving excuse for the regime. But the regime has not budged. Quite possibly — to say it again — they want to keep the prisoners as object lessons, warning off others from dissent. For four months in 2020 — April to August — Loujain al-Hathloul was denied visits and phone calls from her family. In response to this, she did what political prisoners have long done, have long resorted to: She went on hunger strike, for six days. She got a visit. Later, she was again denied regular contact. This time, she went on hunger strike for two weeks. The authorities harassed her unbearably — waking her up every two hours, for example — and she broke off her strike. Saudi Arabia was scheduled to host the G-20 summit on November 21 and 22. Maybe the government would spring Loujain beforehand, as a goodwill gesture? Maybe the summit would be an opportunity for the prisoners’ supporters to showcase their plights? In the end, the summit was merely virtual — an online event — attracting little attention. November 25 was an important day in the Loujain al-Hathloul case. It was transferred from the criminal court to that “special court,” for terrorists et al. The government was keen to portray Loujain as a threat to national security. This is how Mohammed bin Salman has tried to paint his female prisoners, the rights activists. Interviewed by reporters from Bloomberg in October 2018, he said that the arrests of the activists had nothing to do with their activism or advocacy. Instead, they were spies, in cahoots with foreign intelligence services. “We have some of them with videos,” he said. “We can show it to you. Tomorrow we will show you the videos.” The videos never materialized — even manufactured. It’s all a lie, of course. Foreign diplomats were not allowed to attend Loujain’s trial. Neither were foreign journalists. From local media, Walid al-Hathloul, abroad, found out about the verdict before Loujain did. Their sister Lina noted, with great disgust, that Loujain was being punished for advocating some of the very reforms that the Saudi government now boasts of: the right of women to drive; the loosening of “male guardianship.” So, why have they done this to Loujain and the others? Because they can. To show them who’s boss. What a cruel and depraved regime, the kind of regime that pocks the world.
The rule of law took a body blow from the president of the United States on January 6. What started with a rally outside the White House ended with an angry mob assaulting Congress. The scenes were some of the most shocking in American history, especially since the mob was apparently whipped up by the rhetoric of President Donald Trump. After four years of defending law, order, and constitutional government, he will leave a legacy that will now be marred by these riots. It’s a sad end to the Trump administration, whether or not you supported him. It also cuts against so much that Trump did — before the “stop the steal” gambit — to uphold the rule of law, namely through his judicial appointments. While the riots now overshadow everything else, it’s important to remember how the president has transformed the federal courts. As a lawyer who has watched the federal courts for decades, I believe that no modern president has made a greater impact on the judiciary. That impact can be traced to Trump’s promise at a presidential candidate in 2016. Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he vowed, if elected, to nominate a justice who would uphold the Constitution and the freedoms it protects. Once in office, he kept his word. Trump began his term by nominating Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia. Over the next four years, he put two more justices on the Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. He placed a further 54 judges on the federal circuit courts, which issue important rulings that affect huge sections of the country. And he appointed 175 federal district-court judges. All told, Trump is responsible for about a quarter of the federal judiciary — an incredible feat in just four years. More important than the quantity of Trump’s appointees is their quality. By and large, they are “originalists,” which means they interpret the Constitution according to the meaning of its words at the time it was written. For the originalist, the Constitution’s meaning is fixed, which provides a stable foundation for law and freedom. The alternative is for a judge to “update” the Constitution through his or her rulings, but such revisions inevitably do more harm than good. Judges can’t “update” the Constitution without imposing their will and value judgments on society. At that point, the rule of law is impossible, because the law is grounded in something that’s always shifting — the values and opinions of judges. Originalism is the only way to ensure the rule of law is the law of the land. That’s why Trump’s appointees are so important. They break with the long history of federal judges who reject originalism — and with it, the rule of law. Just witness how Trump’s own appointees pushed back on the president’s dubious post-election lawsuits, putting the rule of law ahead of political considerations. For decades, appointees of both Republicans and Democrats have forced their own cultural values onto society. From religious freedom to abortion to marriage to many other issues, judges have twisted the Constitution’s words to fit their own preconceived ideas and political goals. The result has been an ever-deepening cultural divide that now threatens to tear America apart. That divide is the natural result of abandoning originalism. When justices and judges start dictating policy from the bench, instead of letting lawmakers and elected leaders do so, Americans lose faith in the country’s republican form of government. Instead of fair fights that are won or lost by legislative votes and elections, there are unfair fights in which unelected judges set the country’s course. As originalists, Trump’s appointees can start to mend America’s cultural rift. While their judicial philosophy prohibits them from taking sides in cultural debates, the result of their rulings will be the return of power to America’s legislative and policy-making institutions, where those debates can be worked out in the way they were intended. That is what the rule of law demands. It is the rule of the people through our elected representatives, not the rule of unelected judges. President Trump’s record on judicial appointments is second to none. Time will tell if he will be most remembered, however, as the president who sparked a riot that overran Congress, in a terrible assault on the rule of law. Thankfully, the justices and judges he appointed to the federal courts will surely be remembered for their actions to defend the rule of law, and with it, the American experiment in self-government.
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