Alexander Hamilton rules on Supreme Court Justice picks; the Senate is correct and Obama is wrong. Simple!
I always thought it was simple.
The POTUS nominates, and the Senate decides whether they even want to hold an to hold an up-or-down-vote!
The Founding Fathers were revolutionary men who were taking down a monarchy. They didn’t want to give the POTUS kingly powers. They definitely didn’t require the Senate to hold an up-or-down-vote.
Somewhere Alexander Hamilton is smiling. For the battle that’s beginning over President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court vindicates the famous Founder’s assurances on judicial appointments.
Hamilton knew that Americans would find their protection from would-be kings in the wisdom of the Senate. He marked this point in 69 Federalist, one of the columns he wrote back in 1788 under the pen name Publius.
The topic of Federalist 69 is the “real character of the executive.” It makes it clear that in filling the seat once held by Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama is at the complete mercy of the Senate — and should be.
EXCELLENT ARTICLE! Read the rest here!
I agree! Alexander Hamilton is smiling somewhere!
“President Obama is at the complete mercy of the Senate!”
Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers had led the American Revolution against the authority of the British Crown!
They were all there in the first place because the “Pilgrims and Strangers” had fled tyranny and religious persecution!
A ragtag team of Patriots got on that rickety wooden boat, crossed the Atlantic for 6 weeks with not much more than 150 extra pairs of shoes, and set off to establish Freedom!
They knew that ANY government would ALWAYS find it’s way back to tyranny and oppression.
The Founding Fathers worked hard in those early days to set up some roadblocks from that happening.
They spent weeks in that closed hot room in Philadelphia in the Summer of 1787 writing our Constitution!
They set up the Separation of Powers.
They set up the 10th Amendment, handing almost all power to the states.
They set up the 2nd Amendment, that protects the Constitution as well as all the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights.
They set up the very specific protocol for appointing a Supreme Court Justice…
…So that the power of the POTUS or SCOTUS could not be used to forward tyranny!
You did your job Obama…now let the Senate do their job! It is THEIR job to decide whether they even want to hold an to hold an up-or-down-vote!
Pro-Choice anyone? The Senate has the Constitutional Right to Choose…whether they even want to hold an to hold an up-or-down-vote!
In case you missed my last article on the SCOTUS nomination:
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