Yesterday, I had the honor of visiting the Oval Office, where President Donald Trump presented Edwin Meese III with the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Meese, who served as U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan, has long been one of my greatest heroes in public life. And it was an incredible experience to join him, the President, and so many giants of American conservatism yesterday for this historic day.
|Debra Saunders has a great write-up of the ceremony in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which I encourage you to read here. Saunders quotes President Trump, who said of Meese:|
“Perhaps Ed’s greatest contribution to American law has been his unwavering advocacy for the legal principle that judges must adhere to the original meaning of the Constitution, setting aside their own personal and political views.”
Saunders also includes some wonderful anecdotes from my fond encounters with Meese:
“Laxalt told the Review-Journal that Meese once told him that Reagan wanted to appoint his grandfather, the late Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nevada, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Laxalt demurred, but he agreed to tour the Supreme Court with Meese.”
I’ve always had so much admiration for Ed Meese, who truly belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the conservative legal pantheon.
He helped start the great debate in the mid-1980’s. This debate he courageously led was about returning to the original understanding of how to interpret our Constitution. He also pushed for Judges that would not make law or rewrite the Constitution from the bench.
|This along with a conscientious approach to nominating federal judges is often seen as one of President Reagan’s enduring legacies. Meese was often the architect and implementer of Reagan’s vision, and judicial nominations were certainly no exception.|
Meese was often said to be Reagan’s most trusted advisor and the person Reagan said he would always turn to first in a crisis. Meese was certainly the kind of man with whom you wanted to be alongside in a foxhole. Thank God Reagan found him in 1967. And indeed Meese praised God at his award ceremony for the chance to have a role in the Reagan revolution and in defending our fundamental principles for over five decades since that chance meeting.
Thank you to President Trump for recognizing this incredible public servant and defender of freedom. His lifetime commitment to the principles that maximize freedom in our great country are more than worthy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It was an honor to join him yesterday, and an experience I’ll never forget.
Morning in Nevada PAC
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