Conservatives and Senate Republicans have a duty to the future of America to draw a line in the sand, and in a unified voice oppose President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland – or anyone – to fill the vacancy left by the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.
As I’ve said before and again; Conservatives have made too many compromises already, and called for too many retreats. Too many capitulations and too many collapses. Many times out of weakness and fear, sometimes out of corruption. We have even nominated candidates who prove to be agents against conservative interests in the hope of “consensus” or “accommodation” with extremists on the other side of the aisle, while leftists are always guaranteed to pick committed radicals. Not again. The line must be drawn here. This far, and no further.
America needs the Supreme Court to remain conservative. Not to “stop progress,” or to enforce an agenda, but to ensure that the rule of law and order remain the basis for how our government operates. The lawlessness of the Obama regime, and the damage inherent in an extreme leftist agenda demonstrate what happens when a leftist, ideologically-driven administration comes to power. Only the Supreme Court would function as an effective check on this unmitigated abuse of power.
The risk of course is twofold. If Senate Republicans pass on the “largely acceptable” Merrick Garland, we risk the chance that an incoming President Hillary’s choice would be far more extreme. On the other hand, Senate Republicans could suffer a backlash from some voters for “obstructionism”, for refusing to hold hearings on the nominee, or voting on confirmation. They will certainly be pressured by leftist extremists and the mainstream media to move forward on the nomination.
Senate Republicans and Conservative activists must not allow these “potential” challenges to sway their resolve. Far better for the movement to make the argument, lose the election, lose the court and have no role in acquiescing, or approving the appointment of yet another leftist determined to undermine the principles of our founding to the court than to yield the legitimacy of approving its preferred agent of leftism for the court to a lawless, authoritarian regime.