Supreme Court picks

KEITH McANDREW

Williamsport

After listening to the Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer voice his objection to any possible candidate that President Trump would pick for the Supreme Court, I am reminded of a quote by Mark Twain who said, “Using the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.”

Schumer is trying to draw a comparison of the candidate President Obama picked and who was rejected by the Republicans because it was close to an election and at the end of Obama’s term with a mid-term election that is less than half way through the first term of President Trump as being on the same level!

Schumer called the Republicans hypocrites.

This is in no way comparable, nor is it hypocritical.

What the Democrats fail to realize when they did reject Merrick Garland as a candidate for the court is that they ran the risk that Hillary Clinton could very well have won the presidency and she would have picked a much more liberal justice, just as Obama had picked two liberal justices during his two, four-year terms.

The big objection to President Trump’s picks are that they are ones who are “Constitutionalists,” meaning their approach to deciding cases will be made based on what the Constitution says, and what the Founders intended when it was written.

There are three separate but equal branches of government. The judicial branch is supposed to be restricted to only interpreting the laws based on what the Constitution says about what the Legislative branch enacts.

However, my opinion is that there have been several recent rulings by the Supreme Court in which the court has overstepped its boundaries and made law.

In my book, Obamacare is one such ruling.

The Democrats are trying to instill fear that Trump’s Supreme Court pick would make abortion illegal. This is a tired argument, since they have said the same thing over every Republican pick for years! The fact is that, even if in the wildest of imaginations the Supreme Court ruled on Roe vs. Wade (which I say is unconstitutional o begin with), all they would do is turn it back to the states to decide. That is where it should have stayed from the beginning.

So, in my book, the Democrats have no reasonable objection left to play and they will fail at trying to make lightning out of a lightning bug.

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