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Sunday, February 14, 2016

GOP Obstruction Again Moves To Full Bloom: Scalia Leaves The Court (VIDEO)

Scalia's unexpectedly leaves the Court....

What does it mean for the nation? A key question once the rational American moves beyond common GOP obstructionism, as stated by some GOP 2016 presidential candidates and Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell.

The rational person would look towards the US Constitution and very relevant SCOTUS case load and realize, the seat must be filled (yesterday).  Yet, we live in a world where a political party adopted an all-out obstruction campaign against the nation's 44th President as he was literally being inaugurated in 2009. We live with a party that went total obstruction within one year of President Obama's 2008 General Election win. Before the declaration of obstruction, planning seeds were sown at a seditious meeting in early 2009.

GOP Operative Newt Gingrich joined a group of noted obstructionist on the evening of Obama's first day in office. As the meeting closed Gingrich offered the following comment.
"You will remember this day," Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. "You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown."
Within two years of Obama (44), McConnell spoken openly and unabashed to the Heritage foundation (A Koch cesspool) about obstructing Obama, which aligns with obstructing the nation.

A true set of moments in US History, both perpetrated by the GOP.

As Senate Leader with Constitutional responsibility regarding the composition of the Court, Mitch McConnell again adorned his obstructionist hat and spoke.

Within hours of the announcement of Scalia's death, McConnell spoke:
"The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," the conservative leader said in a statement following the news of Scalia's death. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."
The GOP will push from leave the Court absent a Justice for to facilitate political obstruction.

We offer a couple of perspectives on Scalia's departure. Friend of the TPI, Brenda Kay Richards, offered a perspective via a Facebook post (follows next). Later in the evening, MSNBC's Ari Melber facilitated an interview that delineated the prospect of leaving the Court with an empty seat until after the fall elections 

Brenda Kay Richards
A quick thought about Antonin Scalia before calling it a night. 
It is rather fascinating for the lack of a better word, to read and observe the myriad of reactions to the death of Scalia. 
As he was in life, Scalia remains a divisive figure in death, and not surprisingly there are those who are offended and outraged by the celebratory reactions to Scalia's sudden death. Additionally, there are efforts underway to diminish, downplay and rewrite portions of Scalia's personal and professional history. The unvarnished truth is, Scalia himself helped to create the bitter, unsympathetic, harsh, unkind, uncaring, callous and hard-hearted reactions to his sudden demise. 
We are all familiar with the principles of karma: cause and effect; reap what you sow;   if you do good, you do good to yourselves likewise, if you do evil, you do evil to yourselves; tit for tat; consequences, etc.. But what we don't appreciate about these fundamental truths is - when they manifest themselves in all their unpleasant glory.It could be successfully argued that Scalia, like many individuals in positions of authority, grossly misused the power which had been given to him. Scalia was well known for his insensitive and deeply hurtful comments, statements and judicial opinions which bordered and often crossed right over into racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance. 
Now I'm not going to argue about Scalia's legal mind, I will leave that discussion for individuals much more qualified and knowledgeable on that subject than myself. 
But it important to remember, Scalia seemed to enjoy and even relished being the person who was deeply disliked, even hated. He stood strong in his beliefs in the righteousness of his actions as a Supreme Court Justice, so why should any of that change now that he is dead?
End Brenda Lay Richards

MSNBC, SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein....

Let's watch an obstructionist GOP enact one of its last cases of Obama Obstruction as the next few weeks unfold.

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