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RUTH BADER GINSBURG RIP
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at 87 from complications from pancreatic cancer.
Justice Ginsburg had a very long and distinguished career in law and on the bench, one that made her an icon to feminists, to the point that she became the star of a hit documentary and a pop culture icon whose face appears on T-shirts, keychains and bookmarks. I’m not going to recount her life and career here, since the media are already doing that everywhere (and you can read it at the link above.) President Trump also released a statement about Justice Ginsburg that I thought was very gracious and statesmanlike.
I do offer prayers and condolences to her family, and I'll just say that while our views on politics and social issues were often diametrically opposed, I had respect for her many career accomplishments, her tenacity in fighting for her beliefs, and for her example of nonpartisan collegiality with conservative Justices such as the late Antonin Scalia. They proved that even people in high offices with very different political viewpoints could disagree without personal rancor and still show respect and friendship toward one another. That trait is far too rare in politics these days. Scalia once said of her that she was “an intelligent woman and a nice woman and a considerate woman — all the qualities that you like in a person. What’s not to like? Except her views on the law, of course.”
My general belief is that when someone dies, politics should be set aside for a respectful interval. Unfortunately, because of her position as one of the four liberals on the SCOTUS, and because we are so close to an election, her death immediately pushed the coronavirus, the riots and the economy to the back burner and made the Supreme Court the biggest issue of the election (personally, I’ve always considered Trump appointing Constitutionalists to the bench instead of Biden appointing wild-eyed liberal activists to be perhaps my #1 reason for supporting Trump.)
To those for whom this would be a major voting issue, but you’ve already voted, sorry. I have to point out that this is why I always discourage people from voting super early, before there’s been even one debate.
And because today’s left is fueled almost entirely by raging emotions (and emotional rages), there was immediate RAGE at the idea that Trump and the Republican Senate might do their Constitutional duty and appoint and confirm a replacement. Some in the media, who should be mature enough to know better (like former CNN host Reza Aslan), took to Twitter to rant profanely and threaten to burn down the country if Trump appointed a replacement. Considering that they’ve been threatening everyone for four years, and actually burning down their own cities for months, the threats likely won’t have the effect they hope for. Although the anger stirred up on both sides might spur more people to vote, so if you care about preserving the Constitution, now more than ever, it is your duty to America to go (in person) and vote to reelect Trump.
Hillary Clinton, who still can’t wrap her head around the fact that she lost in 2016, demanded that Senate Democrats block any Trump nominee. And Sen. Chuck Schumer said the Senate must wait until we have a “new President” (I guess he’s assuming that won’t be Trump, and if it is, he’ll want to wait four more years.) Of course, that's not what he said when the shoe was on the other foot.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not moved by the threats. Trump has already released a list of his potential nominees, and McConnell says if he names one, that nominee will receive a vote (one good thing about the coronavirus: such hearings will have to be conducted without an audience, which means none of the circus-like misbehavior from the gallery that sullied the Kavanaugh hearings.)
Democrats of course brought up McConnell’s blocking of Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to accuse him of hypocrisy, but he said, “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year…By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”
Besides, if Democrats bring up Merrick Garland to accuse Republicans of hypocrisy, they should have to explain why Obama deserved a vote on his SCOTUS nominee, but Trump doesn’t. (That must be those “situational ethics” I’ve heard so much about.) It’s worth noting that Obama was a lame duck on his way out of office while Trump is in his first term. The fact that he’s running for reelection doesn’t mean he has to renounce all the powers of the presidency simply because he might not win. That kind of argument springs from the fevered minds of people who’ve been insisting since 2016 that Trump isn’t really the President.
But wait: what about the claim from Justice Ginsburg’s daughter that days before her death, she dictated this statement: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed." While I generally like to grant someone’s last wish, I don’t see how that has any relevance. In fact, I think it’s very telling about Justice Ginburg’s judicial philosophy that her last wish was that her personal political beliefs should take precedence over the Constitution.
That seat on the SCOTUS is not “the Ginsburg seat,” and a Republican President is under no obligation to hold off on filling it or appoint a liberal to it, any more than a future Democrat President would have to appoint a conservative to replace Clarence Thomas. If she wanted her replacement to be appointed by a Democrat, she could have retired under Obama.
But I don’t want to get into political arguments at what should be a time for prayer and respect. So let me just say this about all the threats of violence over Trump appointing a replacement, which he has both the power and the responsibility to do:
The Founders intended for the Supreme Court simply to rule on whether laws passed by the people’s representatives and signed by their elected President were Constitutional. The SCOTUS should be the weakest branch of government. Through judicial activism, we have allowed nine unelected judges who serve for life to become the equivalent of a monarchy, dictating laws from the bench, finding things in the Constitution that aren’t there and ignoring things that plainly are, and substituting their personal beliefs for the Constitution and the wishes of the people. If the SCOTUS were doing its job the way it's supposed to be doing it, there wouldn’t even be “liberal” and “conservative” wings.
The very fact that so many people are now in hysterics because they think the fate of America rests on one unelected lawyer in a black robe is an indication of just how far off the rails the Supreme Court has gone.
WHY MEMORY LANE IS JOE BIDEN'S LEAST FAVORITE STREET
Why Memory Lane Is Joe Biden’s Least Favorite Street: Someone dug up a clip of Johnny Carson doing a “Tonight Show” monologue joke about the scandal involving plagiarism and lying about his background that derailed Joe Biden’s first bid for the White House in 1987.
This clip reminds Americans of three things:
1. How ludicrous Biden’s “Restore truthfulness to the White House” routine is.
2. How loooooong Biden’s been in Washington without notable accomplishments. This show aired 33 years ago, and at the time, he had already been in the Senate for 14 years. FYI: Johnny Carson retired 28 years ago and died 15 years ago.
3. Perhaps most surprising for young readers, how late night comedy actually used to be funny. The link also includes a sketch with Carson playing Reagan, and a couple of “SNL” sketches with Phil Hartman’s hilarious impersonations of both Reagan and Bill Clinton. In those days, Carson and “SNL” made fun of both sides in a way that wasn’t politically preachy, one-sided or mean-spirited. What passes for “late night comedy” now is virtually indistinguishable from the angry, unfunny talking heads lecturing us with DNC talking points on CNN or MSNBC.
I can’t help wondering how big an audience a genuinely funny, non-political late night show, like those done by Carson, Steve Allen or Jay Leno, might draw, if anyone who ran the networks cared more about increasing the stockholders’ profits than about virtue signaling to their Hollywood pals and pushing leftwing propaganda.
A lot of people in Hollywood like to flatter themselves that they are “speaking truth to power” when they’re really just parroting whatever PC buzzwords they feel they have to say in order to keep their contracts and not get “canceled” by the leftist mob. So to those Hollywood cowards, I say that this is what “speaking truth to power” really looks like.
Meet Samaire Armstrong, the bravest actress in Hollywood. You are going to want to read this, and I think you’ll want to support any project she does from now on. She’s going to need all our support for daring to speak up in defense of freedom of speech, rational thought, critical thinking and yes, President Trump, at risk of her career.
HONEST JOE STRIKES AGAIN
“Honest Joe” Strikes Again: Here’s a list of Joe Biden’s biggest lies from his CNN Townhall. Don’t worry, they only cover the top seven, so it won’t take you all weekend to read it.
But if you do have a little time, this is interesting. He claimed he would be the first President who didn’t have an Ivy League degree. Here’s a long list of previous Presidents who didn’t have an Ivy League degree. Note that our two generally-acclaimed greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, didn’t graduate from college at all.