Messy US politics hit the Supreme Court
February 14, 2016 1 Comment
For those who aren’t too familiar with US politics, it has become even messier today.
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died at the age of 79.
Not surprising, President Obama wants to choose his successor as soon as possible. But it could be an issue as the Republicans hold the balance of power in the Senate. They would most likely block any choice by Obama – probably unless the chosen is a right wing one and that is probably unlikely.
Not surprising, the Republicans have already started with their rhetoric says things such as:
- Don’t nominate anyone until the next President [11 months away]. If the court is deadlocked at 4-4, the lower court prevails. Right wing justice Kennedy has sometimes sided with the left wing though.
- Some Republican nominees have already said that a left leaning justice would mean [for example] the end of the constitution.
- Others say a possible conspiracy with someone hired from the left wing killing the justice so Obama can bring in a left wing justice before he leaves the White House.
There are some of the most divisive issues in the nation such abortion, affirmative action, immigration policy and more. A left wing justice could shape legal issues such as these and others possibly for a decade or more.
Scalia himself was in favor of capital punishment, ban abortion, against affirmative action, etc. He was outspoken and author of firey descents as well as made harsh comments such as whether rights applied to all including thoughs not heterosexual.