Better East Texas: Focus on our democracy when considering Supreme Court nominees

Better East Texas: Focus on our democracy when considering Supreme Court nominees
(SOURCE: KTRE News Staff)

(KLTV/KTRE) - As we reflect on the birth of our country this week, we have all hopefully paused to give thanks for America. While we remain divided on many topics, and protest marches seem to be the order of the day, we should truly focus on what our democracy is and that is a reflection of the will of the people.

Soon, the executive and legislative branches of our government, each elected, will start wrestling with the selection of a new Supreme Court justice, the person to take the place of retiring Justice Kennedy. Democrats are appearing terrified that a conservative justice will tip some long-standing decisions like Roe versus Wade and other cases.

Republicans are down playing the selection but have held firm that there will be a vote, sometime in third quarter of this year, to confirm President Trump's nominee. The republicans in Congress – specifically the Senate - will absolutely be able to call a vote and approve the nominee, and democrats have little recourse.

They will paint this person as an evil judge bent on turning back decisions that have been in place for decades. Reality is somewhere in the middle. Chief Justice John Roberts has already said that some of the hot topics that democrats are fearing are already law and will not be overturned. Republicans know that they have the votes to get their person seated and that this person affect the court for decades to come.

Ultimately, there is a lot of rhetoric that really has no place in the selection of a justice for the Supreme Court, so, hopefully, this process will move forward without the threat of vicious, rhetorical debate.

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