IMPEACHED Presidents Should Not Be Able To Nominate Supreme Court Justices

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The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is firstly a personal tragedy for her family, friends, colleagues, and the millions of people throughout the world who admired and were inspired by her intellect, her heart, and her fighting spirit. She is a historical figure whose impact has yet to be fully appreciated.

However, it would be naive to pretend that this grievous loss isn’t also a blow to the hopes and dreams of those Americans who value gender and racial equality and the Constitution’s protection for the rights of people over corporations and against the authoritarian aspirations of rogue “leaders.”

Justice Ginsburg was a guardian of the principles that ensure freedom for all Americans. Her loss would be staggering under any circumstance. But to lose her while an ignorant, sociopathic, narcissist is salivating over the prospect of replacing her with an unqualified, neanderthal wingnut is especially painful. The thought of Donald Trump selecting one of his pre-chewed right-wing Stepford judges to take the place of a bona fide superhero of constitutional jurisprudence is excruciating. And Trump’s undisguised glee at having this opportunity is salt in our wounds:

What’s missing from this statement is any hint of reality. Trump was not “put in this position of power and importance” by the American people. They voted against him by a record margin. He was installed by an archaic Electoral College that is anathema to democracy. What’s more, Americans are not proud of Trump. Quite the opposite. He is regarded as a buffoon who is only interested in himself and his puerile pleasures of golfing, tweeting, watching Fox News, and exacting revenge on his perceived enemies.

What Trump is calling an “obligation” is actually just another attempt to steal a seat on the Supreme Court on behalf of his neo-fascist associates in Congress, tunnel-blind evangelicals, and corporate overlords. Trump is violating the precedent set by his GOP confederates who refused to even give a hearing – much less a vote – to an Obama Court nominee during an election year.

Were there any justice in this world, a president who has been impeached ought not to be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. Furthermore, impeached presidents with close ties to numerous felons (and pending indictments of his own) should be prohibited from nominating any judges or agency heads or bull manure shovelers. Although, if you’ve ever seen Trump speaking at one of his cult rallies you’d know that shoveling bull manure is something that he is actually pretty good at.

Unfortunately, the last thing we can expect from Trump, or any Republican, is integrity or consistency. They will shamelessly march forward to breach their own precedents without regard to the brazen hypocrisy of their actions.

Consequently, Democrats need to up their game. First of all, they need to win back the White House and the Senate. Then they must abolish the filibuster. Then they need to expand the Supreme Court to fifteen seats. And finally, they need to advance to statehood Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. And it wouldn’t hurt to collapse North and South Dakota into a single state. Seriously, do we really need two sparsely populated Dakotas?

After completing these steps we can begin to restore the nation’s honor and respect for the constitutional principles that empower our democracy and enable our freedoms. We can bring justice to bear on those who betrayed the country in pursuit of greed and power. And we can heal the divisions that Trump deliberately created and exploited in order to advance his self-serving agenda.

It won’t be easy, but it wasn’t easy for Justice Ginsburg to wage a lonely fight for decades either. She should be our inspiration today. And we should be the custodians of her legacy and her last request: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

 

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5 Comments on "IMPEACHED Presidents Should Not Be Able To Nominate Supreme Court Justices"

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SteveP
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SteveP

The position of SCOTUS should be for a 5 year term, not be a lifetime appointment appointed by Congress.

Surya-Patricia Lane Hood
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Surya-Patricia Lane Hood

I agree that there should be a time limit on the appointment and there should be an performance evaluation for them just as there are for judges. SCOTUS is far too partisan and unjust.

Jon Ripley
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Jon Ripley

I’d go with a 12 year term. And term limits on Congress of 12 years also.

Surya-Patricia Lane Hood
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Surya-Patricia Lane Hood
There are egregious holes in our laws that I would like to see changed. I’m not sure our Constitutional forefathers where without bias and left us with a intentional possible misuse and abuse of powers on purpose. I think it is particularly egregious that a person who has been impeached, has full powers as if nothing had been done and thereby, thumbs ones nose at the action the House has taken. I would like to see the President’s ability to pardon people tightened so that we don’t give pardons to people who have not earned it is some good way… Read more »
Lou
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IMPEACHED TRUMP, FAKE PRESIDENT, FROM INVALID 2016LECTION, MASS MURDERER, LIAR, THE LIST CAN GO ON AND ON, BUT THEY ARE FACTS TRUR FACTS NOT HEARSAY AS TRUMP PREACHES WORDS WITH NO BACK GROUND OF TRUE FACTS TO LOOK UP. HIS QUALIFICATIONS ARE NOT TO SPEAK OR NOMINATE A JUDGE WITH HIS DISFUNCTIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF ANYTHING AMERICA NEEDS JUST HIS PERSONAL FAME SICKING AND DISGUSTING.