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Remember in 2016 when Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court? Republicans, who then controlled the Senate, held no hearings on the nomination and it died when Democrats lost the White House a few months later. Garland was confirmed in 2021 as the Biden administration’s Attorney General.
The Senate majority made the right decision in 2016. It made the wrong decision in 2021. I’ll go one step further and urge that the Senate rectify its mistake and impeach Garland now.
Democrats, who favor democracy only when they win, cried foul when Garland couldn’t get a hearing in 2016. They’ve been crying about it ever since. This only demonstrates how little they either know or care about the Constitution.
The supreme law of the land does not say “The Senate must confirm the President’s nominees.” It doesn’t even say “The Senate must hold a hearing on the President’s nominees.” It gives the Senate the power to “advise and consent” as it sees fit. In 2016, by not holding hearings, the Senate did just that. It advised the President that it didn’t much care for his nominee and would not consider giving him its consent.
Two years earlier, in 2014, Republicans took control of the Senate. It’s conceivable that one thing the voters were saying then is “We don’t want any more far-Left Obama court nominees.” They said it again in November 2016, just months after Garland’s failed nomination.
It’s called “the democratic process.”
In my state of Georgia, the Democratic Party just nominated the delusional clown Stacey Abrams for Governor—again. Unaccomplished in anything, she lost in 2018 by 55,000 votes but never conceded. Apparently she thinks she’s running for re-election. For no more reason than her skin color and her claiming victory when she lost, Joe Biden put her on his short list for Vice President. (Losing anything to Kamala Harris must be as supremely embarrassing as it gets, but in this case it was well deserved). The party of the jackass should change its name to the Anti-Democratic Party if there’s any honesty left in it.
Are there any good reasons to impeach Merrick Garland? Yes, many. For one, he’s the worst Democratic attorney general since the last one. But here’s one reason that’s more than good enough.
Title 18 of the U.S. Code Section, Section 1507, reads as follows:
Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Last week, protestors demanding the right to butcher the unborn showed up outside the private residences of Supreme Court justices. Their purpose? Intimidate the justices into changing a majority opinion that a recently leaked draft suggests they may soon issue. This is immoral and illegal, but the Department of Justice under Merrick Garland has done nothing.
When the country’s chief law enforcement officer is egregiously derelict, to the point of condoning illegal threats against justices, it’s time for him to go. And in November, we can hope that the party that condones his lawlessness gets crushed at the polls too. It’s the “democratic” thing to do.
(On Wednesday evening, May 11, the Department of Justice announced that the Attorney General has ordered stepped-up security for Supreme Court justices. It did not, however, announce any action against protesters who either violated or plan to violate Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. Code by demonstrating at the residences of justices).
Lawrence writes a weekly op-ed for El American. He is President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in Atlanta, Georgia; and is the author of “Real heroes: inspiring true stories of courage, character, and conviction“ and the best-seller “Was Jesus a Socialist?“ //
Lawrence escribe un artículo de opinión semanal para El American. Es presidente emérito de la Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) en Atlanta, Georgia; y es el autor de “Héroes reales: inspirando historias reales de coraje, carácter y convicción” y el best-seller “¿Fue Jesús un socialista?”