It’s hardly surprising that virtually every candidate on the right and left during this year’s presidential election is running on a platform of reform. Our nation is truly broken and only a message of reform can resonate.
Democrats maintain that our country is broken and the only thing that will fix it is more socialism and more social division, the very things which devastated our nation to begin with.
Republicans, in contrast, often say the right things and assert that we need free market principles and a protection of cultural values.
However, when it comes time to fight for these principles, the majority of Republicans appear utterly unwilling to even begin the fight, much less continue the fight.
Time and time again, we have seen cowardly politicians like Mitch McConnell , John Boehner and Paul Ryan bluster for a brief moment and stand tall for an moment before almost-instantly caving to liberal demands.
It is hardly surprising to see that tough-talkers like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have deeply resonated with the base of the GOP; they are, after all, speaking the language of those willing to stand and fight for their country.
The next showdown between Republicans and Democrats is expected to be the nomination and confirmation of the Supreme Court justice to replace conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia. With our nation’s government continually clamoring for more power and less civil liberties for citizens, the judicial branch has become ground zero for some of the most-important issues facing our nation today.
Sadly, though the court has routinely been declared a 5-4 split conservative/liberal, the truth is that with turncoats like Chief Justice Roberts on the bench, it really is dead-even.
The next Supreme Court justice to replace Scalia is, perhaps, the most-important event that will happen in the next ten years as it is destined to have far-reaching implications for decades to come. Will Obama’s amnesty stick? Will the president be allowed to make laws? Will Obamacare continue to be allowed to demolish religious liberties? Will the government be allowed to spy on hundreds-of-millions of Americans?
These are all issues that the Supreme Court will face. Sadly, the Republican “leadership” has shown that they intend to stick to their cowardly playbook when confronted with such tense conflicts.
Obama has blasted Republicans for claiming that they intend to wait until he is out of office before confirming any nominee. “I expect them to hold hearings. I expect them to hold a vote,” Obama said at a press conference on Tuesday. “There’s no unwritten law that says it can only be done on off years.”
He’s correct; but there is also no law that says that the Senate must confirm anyone within a timely manner or even hold a vote. Obama’s job is to propose nominees, the Senate’s job is to confirm them- there is no shot clock on how long they have to do it. One would think that the former lawyer would know that.
“This is the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land,” the president said, pretending that he is not guilty of encouraging deep hyper-partisanship on every issue during his tyrannous reign. “It’s the one court where we would expect elected officials to rise above day-to-day politics. I understand the stakes. I understand the pressure that Republican senators are undoubtedly under. This would be a deciding vote. But that’s not how the system is supposed to work.”
Luckily for Obama, Senate Republican leadership is 1/20th as tough as Vladimir Putin and have already shown signs that they intend to knuckle-under at the slightest pressure.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley didn’t rule out performing confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama nominee.
“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision,” Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”
For those who don’t speak cowardly politician, I’ll translate: “I’ll hold strong… unless the Huffington Post calls me an ‘obstructionist.’ Then we will have no choice to do the president’s bidding.”
The soft language is a stiff departure from Grassley’s comments shortly after Scalia’s passing where he claimed that it was “standard practice” to not confirm a justice in an election year.
“It only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice,” Grassley maintained just days ago.
Senator Thom Tillis has also tipped his hand and claimed that Republicans fall into a “trap” if they don’t at least consider whatever judicial radical Obama throws to the Senate.
“I think we fall into the trap if [we] just simply say, sight unseen, we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Tillis claimed.
Because, evidently, being called an “obstructionist” is worse than condemning this and future generations to judicial tyranny. Establishment Republicans seem to harbor this mistaken belief that a little bad press is the worst thing that can happen to a politician. Meanwhile, the mainstream liberal media grows stronger as they realize that their criticisms are guiding policies at the highest levels of politics.
Adam Jentleson, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s deputy chief of staff, has even predicted that McConnell will cave on the issue, saying,
“Sen. McConnell’s rash and unprecedented decision to deny a Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing and floor vote has put Republicans in an untenable position, so it is not surprising to see cracks appear so quickly. The next step in this process will be for Sen. McConnell to back down and give President Obama’s nominee a hearing and a floor vote. That’s a simple reality.”
Senator Chuck Schumer has even threatened that Republican need to back-down or otherwise suffer through a “huge public outcry.”
In reality, President Obama has a wonderful opportunity to advance his radical agenda. He can propose the most far-left radical he can dig-up and if Republicans don’t confirm him, they will be painted as “obstructionists.” He can continue to pitch these left-of-Stalin candidates, each time asserting that the Republican-held Senate is being “unreasonable” and soon, if history is any indication, the GOP leadership will fold like hot laundry.
This is the state of modern politics and it’s absolutely sickening.