To The Daily Sun,
The Presidential Election on November 8 will change the direction of our country for many generations to come, not merely for four or eight years, because the new president will have the duty to nominate so many justices to the U.S. Supreme Court that our country's direction will change, perhaps irrevocably.
Before the untimely death of Justice Scalia, the xourt was notionally divided into two camps of four justices each (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito on the right; Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan on the left), with Justice Kennedy often being the deciding vote on a particular matter, with no certainty in advance on how he might vote on a matter. Even Chief Justice Roberts has not been reliably as conservative as the others in that "block," as evidenced by his tortured reasoning as the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare.
There is a high likelihood that the next president will have to fill seats now held by Justices Ginsburg (83), Kennedy (80), and Breyer (78), in addition to the Scalia seat.
The remaining justices range in age from Kagan (59); Roberts (61); Sotomayor (62); Alito (66) to Thomas (68) — all of whom are likely to remain on the court for a very long time,
What are the possible outcomes? Although she has not released any list of possible candidates for appointment, Clinton would certainly nominate people from the left, to say the least. This would produce a court that would be 6-3 in favor of the left. The Republican candidate has released two lists of names for possible appointment to the court if he wins, all notionally "approved" by The Federalist Society, which would produce a court that would be 7-2 in favor of the right. Or just 6-3 if Roberts waffles again.
These shifts in the "balance" of the court would last for several generations, well beyond one or two terms of the presidency. But what do the potential shifts in the makeup of the Supreme Court portend for our future?
Clinton has already made it very clear that she intends to fight to change several amendments in the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court, including the First Amendment (to restrict or criminalize speech with which the left disagrees), and the Second Amendment (to restrict or eliminate the right of law-abiding individuals to keep and bear arms). She would also continue the attacks on people of strong religious convictions who oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions or being required to provide mandated insurance coverage for abortions. There are actually many critical issues that are "waiting" for the Supreme Court to come up to full strength before the Justices will agree to hear and decide the cases.
So this presidential election is about much more than who occupies the White House for the next four or eight years. It is about what the fabric of our country will look like for many generations to come. A very scary thought indeed!
There is no turning back. Staying home or not voting in the presidential election, or voting for one of the third party candidates, is not a responsible option for people of good conscience who care about our country's future. Seldom if ever are we offered a candidate for whom to vote that we agree with on every issue, and it usually comes down to picking the lesser of the evils — that certainly will be the case on November 8.
If any other organization would like to schedule a similar presentation before November 8, please contact the undersigned as soon as possible.
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