By Rainbow Williams
On March 16th, President Obama, nominated Marrick Garland to be the next judge to sit on the bench of the supreme court. As the replacement for great, late, Justice Scalia. This nomination means nothing to some, allot to others, while sparking major controversy across the political aisle.
Republican party leaders are refusing to have meetings with judge Garland, they believe that the next president elected (i.e, Republican president) should be responsible for nominating the next Supreme court justice who will sit on the bench., Or is that really the reason?
For the past seven years the republican party, has maintained one agenda: “Stopping President Obama’s by any means necessary from having any political success with regard to any of his plans and presidential legacy. For example the republican party took over 100 days to confirm our current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and House speaker Mitch McConnell is the primary mastermind behind this political stalemate.
Since President Obama announced his nominee for the Supreme Court, several political and social orgs have been questioning why didn’t the president choose a more liberal justice or an African American woman to nominate? Especially, when his strongest supporters have been black woman, who flooded the voting polls making it possible for him to win a second term. In my opinion, there are many African American woman who are more than qualified to sit on the Supreme Court bench. Whether they are liberal or conservative. Some people believe that an African American woman would balance the racial, gender and ideological dynamic in the Supreme Court. Especially when it comes to issues concerning certain liberties and rights that effect minorities.
Personally, I would hate to see a qualified African American woman who was nominated, having to face the same challenges as Judge Garland, from how they are treating Judge Garland I could just imagine her confirmation being allot worst than what we are seeing now. One cannot forget Att. Gen. Loretta lynch’s confirmation hearings, Republican’s grilled her as if she was once apart of an Anti government group. I guess Obama considered this when he decided who his nominee would be for the Supreme Court and its obvious he knew that nominating an African American woman, would simply have been a waste of time, for the nominee and the people that know this country needs this type of change. I mean.. look at how the republican party is responding to Judge Garland nomination.
Mr. Garland has a stellar legal resume, has over two decades of experience as a D.C. Supreme Court Justice and was the lead prosecutor in the Oklahoma Bombing case and responsible for convicting Timothy McVeigh. Yet he doesn’t have a snow ball chance in hell to get a confirmation hearing, let alone a meeting with members of the republican party. The sad part is, the American people deserve to see what Obama nominee has to offer with regard to his thoughts on social issues that effect minorities, the poor, middle class, his stance on voters rights and affirmative action. I personally would like to know his view on criminal law and how he feels about certain case doctrines and Circuit Court interpretation of the laws of this land i.e. Justice reform and the draconian mentality of modern day thinking where the law is applied to minorities.
However due to the political climate of this country we may never find out how he may feel about any of the things I mentioned, be it now or in the future. Because as of now the republican party is standing firm on their decision, a decision they made seven years ago. To deny president Obama at every turn whether he is right or he is wrong. At the expense of the American people and their need for justice to take place now verse later. As it stands now, the Supreme Court has eight justices any decision that are pending can turn out to be a draw, because there isn’t a ninth justices sitting to swing the vote via to the left or the right and this equates to justice being put on hold. Because the battle lines have been drawn in what I call the War Supreme.