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Gorsuch Should Be Confirmed Without Nuclear Option

Tomorrow, in the chamber of the Senate, another showdown looms, the confirmation of Judge, Neil Gorsuch. Today, Senate Republicans announced they would invoke the”nuclear option,” to confirm Gorsuch. This rule change will allow Gorsuch to take his seat on The Supreme Court, with just 51 votes instead of the usual 60. There is no question, Gorsuch will be confirmed, but the rules should not have to be amended in order for Gorsuch to ascend to the high court.

In researching Judge Gorsuch’s record, you find that he is an originalist when it comes to constitutional interpretation, meaning he will rule based on the meaning of the constitution not political views. Gorsuch made it clear, he will rule based on precedent and the language of laws. Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearings, “My job is to interpret law not make it”. Are these not the kinds of statements we want from a supreme court justice? The role of the judiciary is to determine constitutionality and use the text of laws in order to render judgement. It is not the purview of the courts to rewrite law based on their personal views or political ideology. Gorsuch has even commented, “I may make rulings I don’t like personally but my personal views aren’t law.” Gorsuch has indicated he will not make any attempt to overturn Roe V. Wade, he has also observed the legalization of gay marriage as “settle law.”

Why then have Democrats indicated they will not support Gorsuch? The answer is simple, pure politics! Senate Democrats are looking for payback after Republicans refused to give Obama nominee, Judge, Merick Garland a vote, following the death of Justice Scalia. The behavior of the GOP was equally as wrong, as the president had the right to nominate a replacement with a year and a half left in his term. By most accounts, Garland and Gorsuch are of the same mold, practicing fidelity to the law.

Senate Democrats should understand that their obstruction could hurt the party’s political future. You would think that the left would understand that a vast majority of the electorate are tired of political games and want Washington to be about the nation’s businesses. If Democrats cannot put their bitterness aside, they may well continue to lose for many elections to come.

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All We Are Saying Is, Give Trump A Chance

Last Friday, we  inaugurated the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. With Trump officially sworn in, the most divisive campaign in the history of American politics comes to a close. There is no denying that Mr. Trump stirred up much of the division through his own rhetoric, no right thinking person could deny that. However, like it or not, he was duly elected based upon the current system. Thus, if you are an American citizen, Donald Trump is your president, and we should want him to be successful. As President Obama said, “If you succeed the country succeeds.”

While, we should support whomever the Commander-In Chief may be, there is certainly room for peaceful protest and dissent, but what good does it do to burn vehicles and property? When protests devolve into violence the cause of the protest, which may well be worthy, gets lost in the chaos. If you saw the coverage of any of the protests Friday, the reasons were not discussed, but violence and criminal behavior was certainly brought to light. Furthermore, suggesting that you have had thoughts of blowing up the White House is not the proper way to disagree with your leaders. By the way, if the average citizen said something similar in a public forum they would be arrested and charged with any number of crimes.

As we’ve said, honest, open discussion of views should be encouraged. This is what truly makes the United States great. However, should we not wait to see what the new administration will do. We will stand with President Trump when his policies benefit the country, and we will hold him accountable when the situation warrants. We fully understand that the country coming together, united, is a pipe dream, but let us remember, before we are Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans.

 

President Trump; How The Hell Did That Happen

Every Democrat, and many Republicans, myself included, had the same question on  our minds early Monday morning. How the hell did that happen? Upon reflection, however,  there are many reasons why Donald Trump will be the 45th President of The United States. For those of you who are still bewildered nearly 48 hours later, hopefully some clarity can be provided.

Nearly two years ago, Donald Trump road down the escalator at Trump Tower beginning his journey to the highest office in the land. Throughout his campaign, Trump appealed largely to an audience of less educated voters who have seen their insurance costs continue to rise, while their incomes have remained flat. Trump also understood that manufacturing jobs are being outsourced, and therefore, many are losing the opportunities for gainful employment.

The rise of ISIS, and the numerous domestic terror attacks over the past two years, also fulled the  Trump campaign. The President-Elect understood that the public has been tired of foreign  policy that was largely about containment rather than wiping out terror. Trump, like George W. Bush before him, was willing to say that we are at war with radical Islam. Trump seized on the fact that Clinton was not going to be a terror warrior and thus promised that he would ensure the safety of the nation.

One of Trump’s main themes was the idea of American exceptionalism. While I will not question President Obama’s patriotism, there is no doubt that the  current administration sees the U.S. as a part of a world community and not a superpower. Trump capitalized on this departure from traditional views, promising to restore America to our long held position as the leader of the free world.

Finally, The President-Elect should give a huge thank you to Ms. Clinton. During her time as Secretary of State, Clinton lied to families of those killed in terror attacks in Libya in order to not take the blame for protecting her own employees. Couple that with multiple investigations regarding pay for play allegations involving the Clinton Foundation and the email situation, and you certainly have a recipe for a loss. Ms. Clinton’s comments calling Trump supporters a, ‘Basket of deplorables”, surely did not help her cause. No doubt these comments fired up the Trump base, and certainly could have turned off undecided, independent voters.

There is no denying  that the man who will take the oath of office January 20th has engaged in divisive rhetoric. During the campaign Trump made very nasty comments about individuals and groups that are not presidential and lack civility. However, like it or not, the silent majority has spoken and Donald Trump will soon have a secret service code name!

 

 

For GOP, it’s Time To Move On

After a week that could be best described as one of the worst of the campaign, it is time Republicans for to move on. In one week, thanks in large part to the disgusting Trump tapes, the race for president is effectively over.  It is now time for party unity in order to keep the House and Senate from falling in Democratic hands.

At this point, Republicans must learn valuable lessons from this election cycle. First, It would be wise for those who will run in 2020 to put ego aside and come together quickly in support of one or two candidates. If you look at any of the primary election results, Trump never received more than 48% of the vote, until he was the only person left standing. Unfortunately for the GOP, many of Trump’s opponents were more interested in their own ambitions rather than putting forth a nominee capable of leading the nation.

The party of Lincoln must also provide an optimistic vision of what America’s future can be under its leadership. Mr. Trump has chosen to focus on Americas problems, yet has provided little in terms of solutions, except to say he will fix it on his own. The party must also understand that they cannot simply be the party of no, but must find ways to compromise where agreement can be found. Many in the leadership cite Ronald Regan as an idle,they would be wise to heed his words, “I’d rather get 85% of what I want then nothing at all.”