There is a fair way to deal with the political battle over replacing the late
Let the people decide in the November elections.
Let the people choose a president in 2016, and senators -- nine
If the American people want a liberal, activist
And if they want a reserved, more conservative court, one that doesn't dictate to the legislature or goes out of its way to supersede legislative (meaning the people's) prerogative, Americans will decide that too.
All the rest is meat puppet mud wrestling. Yes, President
Some of the more eager liberal mouthpieces have pulled out their hair in faux rage, saying the Republicans are treating the president with disrespect. They forget Democrats play the game the same way. Perhaps they forget how Democrats turned Bork into a verb.
If you don't know how Bork became a verb, then you might feel compelled to reconsider whether the president is being disrespected here. But that won't stop anyone from voting in November, will it?
What's difficult about all this is that Scalia's death comes as America's political center is weakening, if not beginning to implode.
That the death of one man could cause so much uncertainty in the republic -- and refocus the upcoming national elections as a referendum on the
That's where we are now. Yet for all the Democratic and Republican establishment guilty hand-wringing, our founding fathers understood something many years ago that is critical to this discussion.
They understood human nature. They were experts at it. And they didn't merely bring theory and dry words from ancient clay tablets to their debates in
These days, anger keeps rising among the people. They feel they've been betrayed by the political establishment of both parties. And why do they feel this way? Because it's true.
Their jobs have been shipped overseas, there have been a series of seemingly endless wars, America seems listless or powerless overseas, the nation ages, becomes less optimistic.
What worries me is that there seems to be a growing acceptance that if we can't adapt and earn our own individual happiness, we'll just use politics and government -- and the
That's been growing for some time now. We're ripe for it.
At first the popular anger was dismissed by much of the media because much of the media is liberal and initially, the anger came from the right. Over the years, news stories diagnosed the anger as irrational tea party blather.
But now it comes from the left, too, as crowds throng to feel the
And the messianic wave that President Obama rode to the
That was the speech in which Obama literally promised the seas would calm and the planet would heal as he ascended to national power. You can't get any more messianic than that.
So they appeal to the anger and offer themselves as authentic. "Authenticity" is the new journalistic buzzword these days. You can't turn on a TV political show without hearing it. Although just a few years ago the TV talking heads stroked their chins of wisdom and talked of "gravitas." It was gravitas this and gravitas that. And now it's authenticity this and that.
No wonder voters search for candidates who will go to
America's political left considered Scalia a demon because he didn't give them what they wanted, though his liberal colleagues on the high court revered his intellect and humor.
Many conservatives have said they consider Scalia to have been a Horatius at the bridge. He was the true originalist, constantly thinking about the intent of the founders as they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
To do otherwise, he believed, was to rely only on the opinion of human beings.
And opinion without the Constitution's original intent is just opinion, subject to wide mood swings and factionalism, whether 200 years ago or today.
Now there's an election coming up.
Let the American people decide what kind of country they want to live in. It's their country, isn't it?