The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg presents the opportunity of a lifetime to shift the balance of the Supreme Court. Despite what the media will almost always insist, there are not five conservatives on the Supreme Court. In fact, I would only count Alito and Thomas as conservatives. Gorsuch has proven not to be a conservative on the bench in his first three years, and Kavanaugh is perhaps an improvement from Kennedy but nowhere near Alito. And if John Roberts betrays us on every issue of significance, how can it be said he is one of us. Previously, the court was four Leftists, three swing votes, and two solid conservatives. Now the communists on the Supreme Court are reduced to three with their intellectual heavyweight gone. President Trump is left with a predicament. He must choose between political expedience or political decorum. And with the nation in the midst of a cold civil war, the choice could not be clearer. Fill the seat. And do so before the election. This election could go down a number of ways and shenanigans and Tomfoolery are to be expected with the chaos of mail-in ballots. This election, like 2000, could be decided by the Supreme Court and a gridlocked decision would leave the appellate ruling in place. The next president is not something to gamble on an appellate court ruling should it come to that. But, as I stated before, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shift the balance of the Supreme Court, one we have not had in several decades. Not only is it imperative to replace the intellectual heavyweight of our adversaries, but it is most necessary and beneficial to do so prior to the election. We are losing the fight for the soul of our country and fake conservatives like David “Vichy” French and Jonah Goldberg argue that we should take a knee on 1st and goal instead of driving the ball in for a touchdown. This idea of negotiating against yourself could be a generational blunder. In 2016, Republicans were stupid in claiming we should not confirm Merrick Garland in an election year, when the reality is that we should not be allowing Antonin Scalia be replaced with a Marxist. But Lindsay Graham, I suppose, needed to appeal to some nonsense to cover up the fact he would have voted to confirm Merrick Garland just as he had Obama’s other two Justices. But Republicans should confirm Trump’s nominee before the election precisely because of the election. The consultant class of Republicans will argue that we need to dangle the nominee like a carrot to drive turnout. But this is obvious manipulation. It’s clear Trump’s base wants the replacement confirmed ASAP. 2016, like 2012 and 2008 were base election. Trump turned out his base and Hillary Clinton did not. If Trump wants to turn out his base, score big by replacing their idol with a conservative. I should not have to remind anyone that Trump is an incumbent. He cannot simply run on promises. He must run on accomplishments. And to date, there have been too few for my liking. The wall is in progress, but Obamacare remains. The swamp needs massive draining, which includes handcuffs. And I am not enamored with Trump’s two SCOTUS appointees; neutering John Robert’s ability to be the swing vote on the highest court in the land will solidify Trump’s legacy and service to our cause. Many conservatives reluctantly voted for Trump to ensure Scalia and any other justice would be replaced with someone who revered the Constitution. We knew the possibility of Trump being able to appoint three or four to the Supreme Court in his first term. Now, we finally have an open slot to shift the balance of the court in our favor. This is more imperative than the election. The Prime Directive of our cause is to save our country. And so with Vulcan shrewdness we must fill this vacancy. 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Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Like crazed mathematicians, people and pundits have been puzzling over whether the Republican-led Senate can get a potential associate justice voted in before the political winds change. With a 53-seat majority, the GOP has been sweating bullets that certain members may not fully back the swift nomination process. One such worry has been over former presidential candidate and Utah Senator Mitt Romney. But no more. In a statement that must have quelled the fast-beating hearts of the Republican leadership, Romney wrote: “I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.” This by no means signals that he will cast his vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-announced pick, but it signifies that, absent any great scandals or issues with jurisprudence, a smart choice by the president will be confirmed by the Senate. Romney continued: “[The] historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.” Perhaps waxing a little more eloquently than we are used to, Romney said that his decision was “not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent.” The Hold-Outs The senators who have so far refused to accept the possibility of voting are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Both have indicated that they don’t believe a vacancy this close to an election should be acted upon. Whether they will be won over by the eventual candidate and change their tune remains to be seen. Other notables in the “undecided” camp, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Colorado’s Cory Gardner, are now off the fence and willing to support a vote. Monday night (Sept. 21), Gardner said: “When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent. I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.” And Miracles? Even if Murkowski and Collins decide to not vote or vote against the candidate, that still leaves a majority for the GOP. Should the party lose one more senator, it would fall to Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding ballot. But what of Democrat support? If it seems likely that the nomination will go though, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a Democrat or two might jump ship and cast a positive vote. The fact that Trump’s shortlist is heavily stacked with females, and females of color no less, could provide good optics for a senator looking to boost credentials. It seems that this has moved beyond the stage of “could it happen” to a question of what date and how many votes. ~ Read more from Mark Angelides.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Editor’s note: Miss some of this week’s news, public policy, and politics? Stay current, keep up, and get out ahead of the pack with Liberty Nation’s Sunday News Round-up. Yeehaw! Just Another Reason to Riot Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away; RIP, RBG. How does the left celebrate her life and mourn her loss? With threats of violence, of course. Should President Trump dare to do his job and at least try to fill the vacancy, many on the left plan to – as former CNN contributor Reza Aslan put it – “burn the entire f*cking thing down.” Are these threats serious, or can we expect about as many to act as we saw move to Canada when Trump was elected? Liberty Nation’s Jeff Charles has the most likely answer: “While it seems clear that some of the individuals predicting riots in response to a potential confirmation of a new justice are engaging in hyperbole, the widespread unrest that has swept American cities over the past few months indicate that these remarks should be taken seriously. At this point, the anarchy being perpetrated by the far-left has ceased being about the death of George Floyd. In fact, it was likely never about him in the first place. … More violence may break out if the president and Senate manage to push through another confirmation. But in reality, these threats do not have teeth, as every thinking person understands that the buffoons engaging in the rioting and looting aren’t going to stop if Republicans acquiesce to their demands. Put simply, if they’re going to act like childish thugs either way, why should anyone listen to them at all?” What to Watch for There’s no reason to suspect Trump won’t move to fill this vacancy. The real question is how many of these people will make good on their threats and how that violence will be met. Supreme Court Showdown We can be reasonably sure that the president will make an appointment – he apparently plans on announcing the nominee next week. Another thing we can be sure of is that the coming confirmation battle will, as Liberty Nation’s Tim Donner put it, “make the shameful Brett Kavanaugh episode look tame.” As Tim explains: “The left will almost certainly employ whatever weapons remain in their well-worn anti-Trump arsenal to obliterate Trump’s nominee. You can bet they are already preparing the harshest of personal attacks on the most prominent names on Trump’s extensive and publicly-released list of potential justices.” They don’t really have much of a choice. The anti-Trumpers went all-out in their attempts to destroy Kavanaugh, and he wasn’t replacing an actual liberal judge. If the left fails now, they’ll give firm control of the Supreme Court to conservatives. What to Watch for There’s a potential solution for Democrats, should Trump manage to replace RBG, though it failed the last time they tried it. As Liberty Nation’s Graham J. Noble pointed out, while FDR failed in his court packing scheme, that’s the most likely route for Democrats to take once they regain power. Washington Whispers & Other Juicy Tidbits Be on the lookout for: Trump hasn’t announced his RBG replacement yet, and the court packing schemes are already being hatched. Writing for theweek.com, one author suggests that Democrats shouldn’t panic; another Trump term means at least RBG was getting replaced. Instead, he says they should recognize this for the trap it is, as the next time Dems are in power, they’ll just add justices to the court. Stay dialed into all the latest news, public policy, and politics affecting your liberty and freedom with Liberty Nation, where we like to say that Truth is Making a Comeback because Facts Matter. Bookmark our page, download our LN News & Commentary App, or sign up to our Daily Briefing. Check Out Our Gunslingers For Liberty [embedded content] ~ Read more at LibertyNation.com