I Agree with President Obama, and I’m Scared

This doesn’t feel right. It’s wrong. Wrong and frightening, with latent horror oozing from the mental pictures my brain is conjuring. I refer, of course, to the fact that I agree with President Obama on an issue of great importance: the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court, circa 2010

Supreme Court, circa 2010

I’ve mentioned before that I am a Court watcher and Justice Scalia’s death is a huge loss.

I totally understand why the Republicans don’t want Obama to select another activist justice. Apart from the threat to our civil liberties, this is a huge pick because it shifts the balance of the court leftward. It’s fair to say that the president and I have opposing views on nearly every topic of importance. The idea of another Obama appointee like Sotomayor on the Supreme Court for decades to come is frightening indeed.

But you know what?

Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

Do it anyway. The Constitution says that appointing a justice is a role the president plays. The GOP’s argument is that Obama is in his last year and it should be “up to the voters” to decide on the next justice.

That’s such a putrid pile of garbage it’s barely worth responding to.

There’s no fine print in the constitution, nor anything about letting the voters “have a say”. That’s a particularly annoying argument since anyone who happens to be conscious is aware that the Republicans care not a bit what the people want, unless it happens to align with what they want. No, the wishes of the Republican establishment don’t Trump the Constitution (ha! I bet you’ll be hearing a lot of those in the future!)

Also, if the GOP had run a viable campaign in 2012, with a candidate the people supported, they would be the ones choosing Scalia’s replacement.

Back to dear self. To add insult to injury, Obama made a point I had been considering too: a president’s term is 4 years, so if letting the people have a say means what kind of president they choose, then Obama and his nominee are the people’s choice. (Just a choice they deeply regretted less than a month after the election.) Once again, the president makes an inarguable point

And yet, we have had a string of presidents (bush I, clinton, bush II, obama) who act with such contempt toward the Constitution, that we can only be sure that whatever motivates the president and Congress with respect to the judicial brench, it is NOT patriotism.

The Republicans are now attempting to justify their refusal to have a vote on Judge Merrick Garland by pointing out that the Democrats made an identical argument about waiting until the election several years ago.

You know what that means? It means nothing!

If the Democrats disregarded the Constitution, call them on it. Protest. (Does anyone ever counter-protest?) Fine them. But don’t try to outdo them by disregarding it even more than they do.

You don’t have to approve him, Republicans. But don’t be jerks, either. Give the guy an up-or-down vote and move on.


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