The Senate has altered the longstanding practice for confirming Supreme Court justices after Democrats today blocked the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
As I see it – the country and in particular states have lost a tremendous amount today. Not because the “nuclear option” as the last ditch effort was deployed but because the Senate has destroyed its official purpose to best represent the states and their interests. For years we have watched as members of the House of Representatives represented the winds of change and concerns of individuals; but always. we had hopes that the Senate which was to have been a more sedate, learned, non-partisan, and reasoned voice would help control and balance the verve of the House.
Since Harry Reid first introduced and pushed through the “Nuclear Option” and actually for several years before, we have witnessed the decline and politicization of the Senate. Now we are faced not only with a highly politicized House but also Senate. The balance between both houses of Congress is now broken.
On a key Pro note, the Democrats and the liberalist view is now in serious jeopardy at the Supreme Court level. Through their own corrupt and infantile actions for the last few years, they have actually provided the best means possible to stop the corruption of the Supreme Court and those in lower appointed positions by the “living current trends” of governance and a more “constitutionally sound” interpretation at least for the next two and a half years. They have at least one, possibly two or three judges, that will in all likelihood not make it past the next year without retiring due to an infirmity or age. Thus their antics in the determined effort of disavowing on grounds of political angst or personal dislike of the current president have rendered them hoisted on their own petards.
On a key Con note, in my admittedly unlearned view, this will be a serious problem for all future congresses to grapple with. It will open wide the doors to a foreign or ideological entity to more easily take over our country through legal means. The will of the country will now be in the hands of the will of the majority vote no matter its ideological or constitutional views.
Within the oath every congressman takes should be the sentence that upon accepting and providing their agreement to the oath, they are NO LONGER BOUND BY PARTY but must represent the citizens and the state that elected them to serve. Partisan, party lines, castigating party members, and a dozen other words should be specifically banned and those determined to push these points receive either stern warnings, State actions, or removal from position. In the Bible it specifically says one cannot serve two masters. In governing a country the same should apply. You govern in the best interest of those who elected you from your district or state (not party or donor) or you don’t remain in office.