Monday, May 18, 2009

The Supreme Court Nominee?

You know what bothers me about the process of the yet to be named Supreme Court nominee? It’s not the peoples right to disagree. It’s not different philosophies. It’s not the deep questioning of a nominees values, ethics, choices, and demeanor. It’s the gestalt opposition to anyone that President Obama chooses to nominate to the Justice Souter position on the Supreme Court.

I have been both conservative and liberal in the past in my choices and support for causes and people based upon the facts as I understood them and as I could ascertain them in my personal research into a specific issue or individual.

Frankly that’s what I expect from Congress, not only my Representatives and my Senators, but from Congress as a whole. The conservative opposition in Congress know that they have little chance of defeating Mr. Obama’s Supreme Court choice. The Democrats control the Senate, but GOP Senators seemingly are willing to be obstructionist rather than take the opportunity to find a way to work together with the majority for the good of all.

What the opposition has already done is to construct a “fill in the blank” obstruction to any choice Mr. Obama chooses. To me, this is not the way it ought to work. We, all of us, together in consensus ought to seek and solicit the finest mind, the greatest thinker, the noblest American to serve in the lifetime appointment on the highest court in our Democracy.

Having said all of that, all of us must realize that whomever gets the nomination and whomever gets confirmed must have free will reign to follow their conscience, their heart, their intellect as they assess issues for the greater good of American justice.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said there might be a filibuster. It’s interesting that during the confirmation hearings for Justices Alito and Roberts, McConnell opposed using that Senate procedural move. Now it’s OK. All hail partisanship.

When President Obama was a Senator he said that Supreme Court nominees Alito and Roberts were highly qualified to serve on the court, but he voted against them anyway. He said a Senator has the right to oppose a nominee on philosophical and political grounds.

What goes around comes around. All hail again partisanship. I wonder when all this will stop and we can get down to working together as Americans not Democrats or Republicans?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It probably will never stop.

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