I’ve always doubted the way Republicans cling to the Constitution to justify their policy positions and how they brand everyone else unpatriotic. My suspicions have now been justified in spades.
With the balance of the Supreme Court on the line, Republicans have conveniently forgotten the responsibilities according to the document they claim to hold so dear. Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency for four years, not three, and the Senate’s refusal to even give the President’s nomination to the Supreme Court a hearing represents a betrayal of the Constitution and could even be categorized as treason.
What gives Mitch McConnell the right to refuse his sworn duty, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States? What gives the Republican Party the right to “bend” the overarching mandates of our most sacred document?
The answer can be described in two words: political expediency.
You can always tell a person’s true intentions when they are faced with a conflict between the rules and their self-interest. The Republicans as a whole have chosen their self-interest almost unanimously. They would leave the Supreme Court without a tie-breaking vote for more than a year, and the Supreme Court has never been vacant for so long.
The American people should respond as one to their act of overwhelming hypocrisy and refusal to obey the document they claim to champion: the Constitution of the United States. They should vote to overthrow the Republicans in the same way the Republicans have decided to overthrow the Constitution.
It remains to be seen how these events will resolve themselves. Each generation of Americans must renew their commitment to the Constitution and our government. If the Republicans persist in their act of constitutional hypocrisy, they should be thrown out as bums by the voters.
The denouement of this matter proves there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. A Democratic Senate approved Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court in Reagan’s last year, and seven Justices have been approved by the Senate in election years. To do otherwise is a dangerous political act.