Veterans Support Hearings and a Vote on Garland Nomination
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4/13/2016 Why Veterans Support Hearings and a Vote on Garland Nomination
The Constitution - the very one that we, along with millions of other veterans swore to uphold when we joined the military - is clear on this issue. That's why we, as veterans, have to be clear on this issue, as well.

OK. As a veteran I will be clear. I do not support hearings and a vote on Chief Judge Garland's nomination. At best the man is a centrist. At worst, a closet liberal. Neither of which I want on the Supreme Court. I want a Justice in the mold of the late Anthony Scalia.

True, the constitution is clear:

Article II Section II: 'He (the President) shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided twothirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court ....'

It is also true the Constitution does not specify when, or within what time frame, the 'Advice and Consent' of the Senate is required. For that let's turn to President Obama and Vice President Biden for guidence.

In a 1992 Senate floor speech then-Senator Joe Biden felt a sitting President should not nominate a Supreme Court Justice during a presidential election year: "... President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not - and not - name a nominee until after the November election is completed."

In 2006 then-Senator Barack Obama supported a filibuster to deny Justice Alito an up or down vote. At the time, Obama told ABC News that he supported the filibuster "because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values."

For President Obama or Vice President Biden to demand hearings and an up or down vote on Chief Judge Garland for the Supreme Court is the height of hypocrisy.

For the authors of 'Why Veterans Support Hearings and a Vote on Garland Nomination' to presume to speak for veterans is yet another example of the pretentious trolls who dominate liberal media websites.

Republicians need to hold the line. No hearings or vote on Chief Judge Garland. Roll the dice in the hope that on January 20, 2017 a Republician President will be sworn into office and that Republicians retain control of the House and Senate.


April, 2016