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President Obama fulfilled his constitutional responsibility by promptly nominating Merrick Garland, a moderate, for the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. However, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee refuse to ...

President Obama fulfilled his constitutional responsibility by promptly nominating Merrick Garland, a moderate, for the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. However, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee refuse to hold hearings on Judge Garland, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to withhold confirmation of anyone until after the election. Those decisions are unprecedented in the nation's history and violate the Senate's constitutional responsibility. They jeopardize the work of the nation highest court for at least one year and could set a precedent that could weaken the judicial branch long-term.

It might be easier to understand their apparent disregard for the U. S. Constitution when you consider that McConnell and all Republicans on the Senate Judicial Committee represent former Confederate states. These states enacted Jim Crow laws after the Civil War and Republicans continued work to restrict voting and other rights of women, minorities and the poor in violation of the 1973 Civil Rights Act. They have opposed essentially all efforts by our first black president to achieve the goals of the U.S. Constitution.

Their unconstitutional stance on the Supreme Court is related to fears that a more centrist court will overturn the 2010 ruling in a case brought by Citizens United. At that time, six of the nine justices were appointees of Republican presidents. By a 5-to-4 vote, they struck down the 2002 McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act on the basis it restricted the free speech of unions and corporations. The decision resulted in the formation of nonprofits that funnel massive sums of dark money into campaigns, primarily Republican campaigns. Justice Stevens, with support from the three justices nominated by Democrats, wrote a 90-page dissent. It detailed how the decision would undermine the election process and strength of our democracy. A majority of Americans support repeal of the law.

The North won the Civil War with guns and cannon. The South however, appears to have captured the Republican Party to promote their Confederate positions against equal rights and for dominance by the white and wealthy. They use a something that Republican candidate, Donald Trump, calls "truthful hyperbole" - repeated lies to make doubters into believers. We deserve better. To win this conflict, leave your guns at home. Vote to defend the U.S. Constitution. Vote Democratic on Nov. 8.

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