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The Left's Meltdown
As you know, America was surprised Friday night by the news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had succumbed to cancer. Already coping with the pandemic and a high-stakes presidential contest, now the nation has been thrust into the middle of the most consequential Supreme Court confirmation battle in decades.
And you may have noticed that the left is in the middle of another psychotic breakdown. Unbelievably, some leftists went on social media and called the now-deceased iconic leftist who was on the Supreme Court the "b" word for not retiring when Barack Obama was president.
Others followed an increasing phenomenon on the left of not only having complete meltdowns but thinking it was attractive or compelling to put their meltdown on social media.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, "Let this moment radicalize you." It's hard to imagine that the left could get any more radical, but AOC is trying her best. So is Michael Moore, who urged people to "get out into the streets" and be "ruthless." (And that wasn't just a clever play on words as the left is now without Ruth Bader Ginsburg.)
There's only one thing that the left is afraid of: That their "precious right" to destroy unborn babies at any month of pregnancy may be limited. They are scared to death that the baby sacrifices they are allowed to make now may be limited. Conservatives are potentially interfering with the left's "religion," which is a form of child sacrifice.
I realize this seems like hyperbole, but the massive left-wing fundraising platform ActBlue shattered its one-day fundraising record after the news of Ginsburg's death. There is nothing that animates the left more than abortion.
Now many on the left are insisting that it is unconscionable for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to try to fill Ginsburg's seat. They are warning that if the conservatives move forward, liberals will strike back. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that "nothing is off the table next year."
My friends, that is all fake news. Leading progressives have already been on the record for months making these threats.
Progressives have repeatedly said that they will get rid of the filibuster rule so they can pack the Supreme Court with four or five additional justices, make Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico states and abolish the Electoral College.
Barack Obama said that the filibuster is a racist relic of the Jim Crow age that must be ended. The left was already determined to do these things, which is why we MUST move forward now rather than kowtow to their demands.
Many of these same people attempted to convince the country that Judge Kavanaugh, now Justice Kavanaugh, was a member of a high school gang rape club. They almost destroyed him and his family for one reason: Their lust for their own power on the Supreme Court.
This is the same movement that earlier this year, with the election only 11 months away, decided to utilize the most profound power Congress has – to impeach a president for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.
They wasted weeks dividing the country instead of doing more to combat the coronavirus. They impeached the president over a phone call with a foreign leader.
Believe it or not, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is threatening to impeach the president again.
And they have the audacity to raise a fairness standard with us.
There is nothing unusual about what is going to happen in the days ahead. Presidents are not elected for three years and nine months. They are elected for four years. And you don't have to take my word for it.
Referring to filling Supreme Court vacancies in 2016, Justice Ginsburg said, "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year."
The Constitution gives the president one constitutional right at a moment like this and that is the right to nominate a justice for a vacancy. By the way, Dwight Eisenhower did it when the Senate was out of session and made his nominee a recess appointee one month before the 1956 election.
Donald Trump is determined to fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate a new justice. The nomination then goes to the Senate. The Senate has a constitutional obligation to offer "advice and consent" to the president's nomination. This is exactly what happened in 2016.
It was an election year. Barack Obama made a nomination and the Senate chose not to give its consent. We'll see whether this Senate is willing to give its consent to the president's nominee. But there is nothing unusual about this process.
What's different about 2016 and today?
Senator McConnell has noted many times that there was no precedent in modern American history of the Senate confirming a Supreme Court nominee from a president of the opposite party during an election year. In this case, both the White House and the Senate are controlled by the same party, a decision the voters made at the ballot box in 2016 and 2018.
Here's another reason this nomination should move forward: This country should not go into the period after the election with just eight justices on the Supreme Court. There will likely be multiple outstanding legal challenges related to the election that could end up before the Supreme Court that could end in 4-to-4 tie votes.
The last thing America needs is a deadlocked Supreme Court in a deadlocked presidential election. It would be irresponsible not to fill this seat. In fact, in September of 2016, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said this on the Senate floor:
"The Supreme Court handles 'the people's business,' as President Reagan put it. Every day that goes by without a ninth justice is another day the American people's business is not getting done."
The Potential Picks
On September 9th, President Trump announced additions to his previous list of potential Supreme Court nominees. You can read the list here.
Most people think that Judge Amy Coney Barrett has the inside track. I received calls over the weekend indicating that Judge Barbara Lagoa in Florida is also a key contender. And Judge Allison Jones Rushing is reportedly on president's "short list." If nominated and confirmed, Jones Rushing would be the first Evangelical Christian on the Supreme Court in modern history.
Meanwhile, the left will overreach, and it is already are overreaching. Demonstrators showed up at Senator McConnell's house, Senator Lindsey Graham's house and Senator Thom Tillis's house.
DeVos vs. Princeton
Kudos to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos!
Earlier this month, Christopher Eisgruber, president of Princeton University, said his own university suffers from a culture of "systemic racism" that permeates Princeton. He warned that, "Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton."
I'm sure President Eisgruber expected everyone at Princeton to applaud his groveling to the radical social justice warriors. But I doubt he expected what happened next.
In response to Eisgruber's open declaration of racism on the campus he runs, the Department of Education announced it was launching an investigation of Princeton for potentially violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In a letter to the university, the Department's Civil Rights Division stated:
"Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education is concerned Princeton's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false. . . Therefore, the Department's Office of Postsecondary Education, in consultation with the Department's Office of the General Counsel, is opening this investigation."