The judicial branch is the most often overlooked branch of the government. With a quiet dignity, the Court does not need to worry about reelection and works with far less pizzazz than the legislative and executive branches.
They are, however, in many instances, more important than any other branch of government. They are the ultimate deciders of what is constitutional and what is not and as we have seen, from Dred Scott to Obergefell, the Supreme Court can and does make awful mistakes that can have far-reaching and long-lasting implications for Americans and their liberties.
On Wednesday, the Obama Administration revealed their first pick for nominee for the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s passing. Republicans have promised to do as Democrats have done in the past and ride-out the remaining 10 or so months until President Obama rides off into the sunset to serve as a nothing more than a shameful chapter in American history.
The White House is pitching Judge Merrick Garland, an anti-Second Amendment and big-government radical that the Obama Administration has attempted to rebrand as a moderate.
That hasn’t stopped RINO senators like Orrin Hatch from endorsing Garland with the reasoning that the Senate should feel grateful that the president did not pitch the senate the most radical jurist he could find.
Already, Republicans are seeking their first opportunity to cave on the important issue that could condemn the Supreme Court to a 5-4 liberal split for decades.
Garland, however, is no moderate. Maintaining his anti-Second Amendment credentials, Garland voted in 2007 to overrule a D.C. Circuit Court decision that would undo one of the most restrictive anti-Second Amendment statutes in the country- a complete, outright ban on the ownership of handguns for residents of D.C.
Further, not only is his stance on the right that “shall not be infringed” alarming, but this “moderate” judge voted on a three judge panel to enable the Clinton Administration to maintain an federal gun registry in clear violation of existing federal law.
In 1968, Congress approved a prohibition on any federal registry of gun ownership. In 1994, the federal government created the NICS background check system which further stipulated that though citizens would have to undergo the unconscionable background checks to exercise their Second Amendment rights, the federal government was prohibited from retaining the information on the purchases.
Still, because Bill Clinton holds as low a regard for the Constitution as his wife and, seemingly, Garland, the Clinton Administration held-onto such records for months in clear violation of these previous statutes.
Even for those who care nothing about the Second Amendment (shame on you, by the way), Garland’s position should startle all Americans as it not only signals a hostility towards Second Amendment rights, but also telegraphs a willingness to play incredibly fast-and-loose with the Constitution in order to further a political agenda.
What this most-definitely illustrates is not only will Garland, if given the opportunity, vote to undo the progress made by Second Amendment supporters in the past decade, but that Garland may be at the forefront of decisions being made at a time when the Court will be asked to decide whether we will retain our Constitution by prohibiting the executive from issuing orders to circumvent Congress.
With his past history as a judicial activist, it is amazing that President Obama would have the gall to push this far-left radical as a nominee, amazing that any reputable media outlet would further the fiction that Garland is a “moderate,” and even more amazing that there are any so-called Republicans who would buy this garbage.
For Orrin Hatch and any other senator considering caving, be forewarned: this nation is home to millions of NRA members and even more gun owners. We contribute, we vote and we don’t forget.