Why is no one talk­ing about the Supreme Court?

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Ja­nis L. Koch, Tow­son

Don­ald Trump wants to change how things are done in Wash­ing­ton. Change is cer­tainly needed in our bro­ken govern­ment. Whether Mr. Trump has the char­ac­ter and the ex­per­tise to ef­fect pos­i­tive change is a dis­cus­sion for some­one else’s let­ter. I’m tired of think­ing about it.

With the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion still a week away, Repub­li­cans in Congress are al­ready promis­ing to ob­struct a Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­i­dency in the same way that they have blocked Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s agenda for the past eight years, with the ad­di­tion of a re­fusal to con­firm any of her nom­i­na­tions for the Supreme Court.

The Found­ing Fa­thers cre­ated a govern­ment with three co-equal branches that are in­tended to work to­gether for the good of the coun­try. The po­lit­i­cal party to which the pres­i­dent be­longs is not sup­posed to mat­ter. By law, the Supreme Court is sup­posed to con­sist of one Chief Jus­tice and eight as­so­ciate jus­tices (U.S. Code, Ti­tle 28, Part I). The leg­isla­tive branch of the govern­ment is not sup­posed to ride roughshod over the ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­cial branches. What state will Amer­ica be in af­ter four more years of ig­nor­ing the needs of the coun­try and all of its citizens?

The Found­ing Fa­thers pledged their lives, their for­tunes, and their sa­cred honor. Some mem­bers of the ma­jor­ity party in Congress have pledged their con­certed ef­forts to cre­ate a com­pletely dys­func­tional govern­ment.

Why are we not hav­ing a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion about this most se­ri­ous of prob­lems? Repub­li­cans or Democrats, we are all Amer­i­cans. It’s up to us to keep our coun­try great.

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