Well. I’ve finally got back to ranting and raving (online, that is) with Silly Season 2016 already in full swing.
This month saw the unfortunate passing of the great Antonin Scalia, a judicial giant and true constitutionalist the like of which we may never see again in our lifetime. May he rest in peace.
While we pray God may rest him in heaven, unfortunately his death leaves those of us Americans left here on earth in a truly perilous situation. If the Republicans in Congress fail to block any Obama appointees, it may well put the final nail in the coffin of our constitutional republic.
Melodramatic? Hyperbolic? I don’t think so when you consider the facts. There are now only two constitutionalists on the U.S. Supreme Court, Thomas and Alito (the Republican nominees Kennedy and Roberts have proven shameful traitors to our constitution). And, of course, it’s a given that any and all Obama nominees will be left-wing activists who don’t give a rat’s ass about the Constitution or the intent of the framers. With an Obama-appointed justice, the court will become nothing more than a rubber stamp for whatever pieces of unconstitutional Marxist despotism he or any future leftist president might cook up. And no doubt such a court would take judicial activism to new heights (or, rather, depths) of “creative” judicial tyranny.
And this is in addition to Obama packing the federal courts with leftist activists. (About 40% of current federal judges are Obama appointees.)
The nomination of Supreme Court justices and federal judges is probably the biggest reason this presidential election matters. And it’s an issue much of the media would have us ignore, preferring to focus on trivialities and nonsense.
Obviously, it goes without saying that if either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Comrade Sanders wins the presidency, we’re all screwed royally.
But what about the Republican side? Much as I dig his combative un-pc New York style, and even his goofy hair (toupee?), front-runner Donald Trump is no conservative. Prior to deciding to run as a GOP candidate for Prez, he’s been liberal on neary every issue, and today is often vague on his actual positions. When he does mention specifics, he too often takes a corporatist statist stance, as with his support of “eminent domain.” His campaign reminds me of Obama ’08 in that they’re both mostly cult of personality coupled with incredibly vacuous but catchy slogans (“Hope and Change!” “Make America Great Again!”) While breathing fire all over Ted Cruz and other conservatives, he’s quick to tout how eager he is to “get along” and “make deals” with the liberal Dems in Congress. Sounds a bit too much like the Establishment Republicans he’s supposed to be against.
Trump has criticized Scalia, and once said his ultra-liberal judge sister would make an excellent Supreme Court justice. Doesn’t sound like a guy it’s safe to gamble on this year.
No better is GOP Establishment puppet and two-faced weasel Marco Rubio. This is the man who lied to voters that he would oppose amnesty for illegals, before authoring much of the notorious “Gang of 8” bill, and now lies about his past position, while having the audacity to call Ted Cruz a liar for pointing this out. His record as a senator is otherwise thin and spotty. Despite not being present at the voted to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, he’s apparently being hailed in certain Catholic circles as a political messiah of sorts. I have even been accused by some pious souls of “putting my politics ahead of my faith” for supporting Cruz over Rubio. (Sadly, for many Catholics, belief in an open-borders welfare state has become a chief article of faith, even the chief article of faith. In NewChurch, things such as the infallibility of Scriptures or “traditional” sexual morality may be open to dispute, but question amnesty or our government’s spending on “social” programs, and it’s anathema sit!)
This leaves Ted Cruz –love him or hate him–as the only actual conservative in the race. He’s also one of the few U.S. senators who actually kept his promises to voters after going to Washington, and who’s record has been consistently conservative. No, this isn’t a campaign ad, and I’m not going to promote Cruz as some messiah. (We should know better than to look for saviors in politicians or government, anyway.) He’s just the guy running who’s least likely to screw over the country. Any conservatives voting for Trump or Rubio will have only themselves to blame if we get the shaft. Frankly, I think there’s way too much on the line this year to gamble here.