Antonin Scalia – Where has decency gone?
It barely took two hours for the news of Antonin Scalia’s death to break, and the political machine was already grinding out posturing tweets and soundbites. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) started off with a ridiculous suggestion that, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” I guess he forgot to check the Constitution, because the President is fully capable of executing his duties until his last day in office. Not to be outdone, Senator Elizabeth Warren fired back.
If she would have left it at that, it would have been a dignified and proper rebuke. But she had to turn it into a partisan jab. “The Senate GOP took an oath just like Dems did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold threatens the Constitution & our democracy.” She is already setting the stage that if the Republicans don’t rubber stamp the nomination they are somehow not following the Constitution. Thing is, Chuck Schumer tried to do the same thing in 2007 by calling for not approving any of President George W. Bush’s choices then.
Not to be left out of the foolishness, President Barak Obama jumped into the fray, also hinting that if the Republicans didn’t approve his pick quickly, they would be shirking their duty. “I plan to fulfill my Constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” said Obama. He continued: “There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill it’s responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote…”
I get that it really wouldn’t be Washington, D.C. without a lot of political barbs being thrown back and forth, but they could have at least waited until after the funeral. However you feel about Antonin Scalia, he has family who loved him and they should at least be able to say their goodbyes and have a good cry before all this garbage is spewed down the Beltway. If the surge in popularity of “outsiders” like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders indicates anything, it is that America is tired of politics as usual. Not only that, but the politicians who are perpetuating it. Perhaps I am asking too much, in this day and age of cyberbullying and heaping verbal abuse on people we don’t know behind the anonymity of a screen name, but it seems that at the very least they could have let the body have 24 hours to get cold.
I am sure that the government will get down to business and a new Supreme Court Justice will be picked in a few months. I just have to wonder why our government can’t seem to get anything done without being hateful to each other first. If they did, maybe people would start having a little more faith in their government.