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With the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the stakes for 2016 were just raised to a whole new level. Justice Scalia was one of the most important Justices of the last century. His Originalist approach to legal theory – and his unwavering commitment to the rule of law and our Constitution – were paramount to its protection.
President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Here are five quick facts you need to know about Garland.
1. Garland is considered anti-Second Amendment. As the National Review noted last week: “Back in 2007, Judge Garland voted to undo a D.C. Circuit court decision striking down one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation” and voted “to uphold an illegal Clinton-era regulation that created an improvised gun registration requirement.” Obama will use his pick to pursue a gun control agenda.
2. Garland has favored environmental regulations. As SCOTUSblog noted in 2010: “On environmental law, Judge Garland has in a number of cases favored contested EPA regulations and actions when challenged by industry, and in other cases he has accepted challenges brought by environmental groups.” That could be very important, with Obama’s Clean Power Plan in the balance.
3. Garland’s positions on abortion and social issues are murky. Some liberals are worried that Garland may not be unambiguously pro-choice. Richard Wolf of USA Today writes: “During 19 years at the D.C. Circuit, Garland has managed to keep a low profile. The court’s largely administrative docket has left him without known positions on issues such as abortion or the death penalty.”
4. Garland would maintain the Court’s demographic profile. He is the second Chicagoan Obama has nominated. He is no “wise Latina,” and is the first man Obama has chosen. But Garland, like Scalia, is a graduate of Harvard Law, keeping the number of Crimson justices at five. If confirmed, he would also be the fourth Jew on the Court, preserving the odd exclusion of evangelical Protestants.
5. Republicans have supported Garland in the past. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in particular has been outspoken in his support for Garland as the best Republicans could expect from the Clinton administration. More recently, he suggested he would welcome Garland’s nomination but predicted that Obama would make a more ideological pick. That makes Garland harder for the GOP to oppose.
Please send the following urgent message to your U.S. Senators to uphold precedent. Do not let the Senate confirm what is sure to be Obama’s liberal Supreme Court nominee! It should up to the people to decide, in the 2016 election.
To the Members of the U.S. Senate:
For the past eighty years it has been standard practice not to confirm Supreme Court justices for vacancies created during election years. We urge you to follow this precedent.
This allows the American people the chance to thoughtfully elect their next President and have a say over the most important appointment any President makes.
However, Barack Obama wants you to scrap precedent. He believes he can threaten and intimidate you into confirming a radical liberal nominee before the election.
Obama desperately wants liberals to control the Supreme Court so they can protect ObamaCare, effectively repeal the 2nd Amendment, and rewrite the Constitution.
As an American firmly committed to the integrity of our Constitution, I hereby urge you to hold firm. Stick to precedent. Please urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell to nip this in the bud, by refusing to refer any Obama Supreme Court nomination to the Judiciary Committee. And do not under any circumstances even allow a vote on Barack Obama’s left-wing nominee for the Supreme Court!