Oh, this is rich! In a Washington Post op-ed Thursday, “Democrats shouldn’t rob voters of chance to replace Scalia” (18 February 2016), Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley were so solicitous of the voting rights of the American people as it regards the replacement for the late Antonin Scalia. “Given that we are in the midst of the presidential election process, we believe that the American people should seize the opportunity to weigh in on whom they trust to nominate the next person for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”
Okay, I’m not a senator, let alone the majority leader or the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, but I’ve known for years that my vote for a president included, among many other things, my choice of who would nominate a new Supreme Court justice if a vacancy arose, and that, barring his own death, resignation, or conviction following impeachment, that the president I was helping elect that day would serve a term starting at noon on the 20th day of January of the following year, and would continue for four years.
If I Were King, I think I’d see what could be done about teaching the basics of our governmental system in the schools. All of them. Just to make sure that future political leaders would have a basic understanding of how things worked, instead of understanding nothing while developing rare expertise in defeating or sidestepping the laws. It’s worth a shot, even if too late for those that are already in office.
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