To The Daily Sun,
With the passing of Justice Scalia, the country has lost a person who had a deep and abiding love for our country. While I may not have agreed with many of his decisions, I know that his belief in the glory of this grand experiment in governance of the people, by the people, and for the people was something unique.
It, therefore, saddens me when the process of replacing Justice Scalia — a process embedded in the Constitution (The president) shall nominate . . . judges of the Supreme Court) — has become laden with plainly partisan political platitudes.
Most recently, Senator Ayotte has sent an e-newsletter in which she states that with "so much on the line for the future of our country, the Senate should not proceed with a confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president in November."
Senator Ayotte — an attorney and a former Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire — should then follow her own advice. As a senator whose term expires the end of this year, she should not proceed to consider or act on any legislation that comes before the Senate because there might be a new senator next January. Similarly, the members of Congress should not consider or act on any legislation that comes before the House of Representatives, and the president should not take any executive action.
Senator, you were elected to do a job just as President Barack Obama was elected to do a job. Moreover, as a United States senator elected by the people of the State of New Hampshire, you have a constitutional obligation to do that job.
Your position is a slap in the face of Justice Scalia.
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