Since coming back from teaching professionalism at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Justice Kennedy returned to the campaign trail like a whirlwind across the state. Touching voters in 14 counties, she blanketed the state. Visiting all regions of Ohio – from northwest to northeast, along the river from southeast to southwest and back to central – Sharon toured local businesses and a courthouse, attended a sportsman’s dinner, spoke to civic clubs, and engaged with students, educators, a faith based leader, and a cultural group.
Her week ended with two keynote speeches at Harrison and Carroll Counties’ Lincoln Day Dinners. While speaking about the life of President Lincoln, her message was one of hope and renewed sense of commitment to the principles that are uniquely Republican. Speaking about the American Dream that Lincoln chased and is promised to all of us, Lincoln’s deep abiding faith and the prominence of religious freedom in the Republican platform, and the importance of a strong, independent judiciary in our tripartite system of government.
“While some may view the judiciary as supporting the legislative branch, I categorically reject that notion,” Sharon said. “The judicial branch of our tripartite system of government is a separate, but co-equal branch of government. It is my duty and obligation to the people of Ohio, to interpret the law as it is written, not rewrite it or legislate from the bench. Equal to that commandment is my role to serve as the shield against the government stripping us of our God given rights, even if it is from a well meaning legislature. As a member of the judiciary, I am here to protect and defend your constitutional rights from government oppression. To protect the promise of America – your rights to free speech, to peaceably assemble, to practice your individual faith, to ensure your right to bear arms is not encroached upon and that you and your family live free and secure in your home against government intrusion.”
In concluding, she asked the voters of Harrison and Carroll counties for their vote on November 3rd.