Concerning the Supreme Court nomination: It has been over a month since President Obama nominated appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Judges of the Supreme Court.” The President has done his job. We are all waiting for the Senate to do theirs. 

On Nov. 4, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” This overt obstructionism failed because Obama won reelection with a landslide victory. 

The people have spoken! However, our nation continues to suffer the damage willfully inflicted by the sedition of the Senate Republicans. They will be ousted in November, but in the meanwhile, we need to override their baseless un-Constitutional refusal to offer Advise and Consent. 

If they do not hold hearings within, say, 60 days of the nomination, then Judge Garland should automatically become a Supreme Court Justice. If the Senate declines to offer any advice, then they have waived their right to consent.

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park

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