Monday, February 15, 2016

RIP Antonin Scalia, and some thoughts

The Supreme Court lost one of its wisest and best-qualified jurists recently, and I doubt that we will ever see his equal on the court again.

There's too much partisanship and cronyism, on both sides of the aisle, for a man or woman of the calibre of Antonin Scalia to be nominated, much less confirmed.

That being said, I have a few thoughts...
  • Some folks say that Obozoid should get to nominate his replacement, because the country had its head up its collective arse for two nonconsecutive days in 2008 and 2012.  Wrong theory and wrong universe.  The country got its head out of its arse since then and voted a Senate into power that demonstrates that this President is now deemed unworthy of that responsibility.  The People have spoken, and they don't want President Narcissism naming any more jurists.
  • The Senate's Constitutional role is "advise and consent" for judicial appointments.  While I think the recent statements by the leaders of the Senate were premature and poorly thought out, they were not in any way unconstitutional, and anyone saying so needs to go back to High School Government class.  The Senate leadership was advising the President that they considered it highly unlikely (based on his past performance) that he would select someone qualified to replace Antonin Scalia, so maybe he should go back to writing love notes to his reflection in the mirror instead of wasting his time.  Politically, I believe a wiser move would have been to simply laud the late Justice for his wisdom, intellect, and devotion to the Constitution, and make very clear that replacing him would be a tall order that would take much deliberation, and leave it at that.  Then, if a nomination materialized, the appropriate response could be taken based on whether or not the President had managed to find a Thinking Cap, if he ever had one.  By acting prematurely, things got unnecessarily confrontational unnecessarily quickly.  Celebrate Justice Scalia's life and accomplishments now, as he deserves, and let that be sufficient warning as well.
  • As per usual, the Republicans are self-destructing by forgetting the most important thing - protecting the Nation from the political left.  They'll bloody each other and make unity against the lunatic fringe an impossibility, giving the forces of evil ammunition to use later on all the while.  It doesn't really matter who gets the nomination anyway, whoever is elected this November (from either party) will be an improvement - the reason being that whoever wins will be an American at heart who loves this country in their own way and wants, in their own way, what they believe to be best for the Nation.  We don't have that now, and having that will be an improvement that will overcome all other possible negatives.