Letter: Dem senators wanted to block Bush nominee

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The biggest challenge this country faces every election is an ill-informed or uninformed electorate. How else do you explain the presidency of Barack Obama? The examples are far too many to mention. Just watch or listen to Jesse Watters “Watters World” segment on Fox News or Jimmy Kimmel’s “Man On The Street” segment on ABC. All you see are the most politically ignorant people this country has to offer. Of course they all almost exclusively vote Democratic because they want more “free stuff.”

Recently, two ill-informed letter writers to The Daily Advance admonished Republicans for wanting to delay President Barack Obama’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It just amazes me every day when I read the nonsensical drivel from leftists who are continuously wrong or just conveniently forget what members of their own party did previously.

In 2007, with 18 months left in the Bush presidency, Democratic U.S. Sens. John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, Ken Salazar and Max Baucus all stated on the record that they would block any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court. That was and still is the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Did these two letter-writers forget about this or are they as typical Democrats, ill-informed?

So it was OK in 2007 with 18 months to go in Bush’s presidency to block any Bush nominee but with only 11 months left in this disastrous Obama presidency it’s wrong for Republicans to do so?

We certainly have enough left-wing radicals in this administration. The last thing we need is someone who would make Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg look like Ronald Reagan.

Here’s a novel idea for future letter-writers to the paper who are Democrats, get your facts straight and present your thoughts in a coherent manner backed up by firm statistics and actual quotes. As Reagan once said, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”





!. 5 million more you say?

!. 5 million more you say? You probably had 25 million that knew only to vote straight Democratic ticket because that's where the freebies are. They knew nothing of any issues. They could care less about the debt or deficit because they have nothing and thus wouldn't be stuck with any bills.

2. No lengthy comment here. Many (other than Jesse Waters or Colbert) man on the street interviews have shown how stupid the American populace is.

3. Republican or Democratic. Who cares? The Senate, as a co-equal branch of government, has a constitutionally prescribed role in the judicial confirmation process – “advice and consent.” Their advice should be simple: There should be no confirmation of a Supreme Court justice this election year, allowing the American people to choose the direction of our nation and the Supreme Court at the ballot box. They should refuse to give up their constitutional prerogative, at President Obama’s whim, and ensure that the American people have a voice.

Here's a quote from then Senator Obama when attempting to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination ""There are some who believe that the president, having won the election, should have complete authority to appoint his nominee and the Senate should only examine whether or not the justice is intellectually capable, and an all­around good guy. That once you get beyond intellect, and personal character, there should be no further question as to whether the judge should be confirmed. I disagree with this view. I believe firmly that the Constitution calls for the Senate to advise AND consent. I believe that it calls for meaningful advice and consent that includes an examination of a judge’s philosophy, ideology, and record."

Yes, and the advice is - Hold off until the next President is in office.

5. And, similarly in this case - nothing has happened --- yet.

Got to run. I'll try to respond to your other points later. Boom!. Done.

Ooooo, Goody! Just soooo many shiney...

new toys to play with!! Which one will I choose first?

1. We've got 5 million examples of Americans who are better informed than those who voted for Mitt in 2012. That's President Obama's 2012 margin of victory over that other guy. BOOM! Done.

2. It's saddening that you cite Jesse Watters at all. Mr. Watters is the set-up guy for Bill O'Reilly like Samantha Bee, Hasan Minaj, and like Stephen Colbert started on the Daily Show. Kimmel is low rent, so he just sends unattributed camera teams out to ask questions for the "Lie Witness News." This is entertainment. Confusing Bill O'Reilly's show with objective reporting is common among Foxians who only have bathroom break attention spans. Good lord man, you accept this stuff as truth and call the other two writers ill-informed or uninformed while YOU support your arguments with late night comedy? Sheesh. Hardly objective journalism. BOOM! Done.

3. No evidence that the two writers are Democrats. They are just writers who disagree with the Republican position. Heck, there are even Repubicans who disagree with current Republican direction. Yes, my friend, those two writers could actually be closet Republicans! Also, what makes them "leftists," other than your baseless rhetoric. In this case I would characterize these two as VERY WELL INFORMED, conservative, strict constitutional constructionists in the same mold as conservative hero Antonin Scalia. Both of these writers want Congress to do their darn job as intended under the Constitution. BOOM! Done.

4. These two writers are not just like all of the Democrats, just as you are not just like all of the idiots. I know for a fact that there is at least one more of each. Somewhere. BOOM! Done. (did I just trap myself;)

5. Yes, in 2007 Democrats floated the trial balloon of obstructing a hypothetical SC nominee. Of course there were no nominees so the threat was never tested. The argument remained a balloon filled with the same gas that fills your letter. Nothing happened. Empty Argument. BOOM! Done.

6. There is nothing wrong with the 2016 Republican threat to obstruct. What's wrong is your false analogy. Same balloon used by the Dems in 2007 with the difference that this time it's real. We have a vacancy. I'm confident that President Obama will submit a highly qualified nominee; probably acceptable to both sides in a normal Senate. I'm also confident that Republicans will block. At which point I will submit my do-it-yourself Impeachment Bill for every Republican involved, that every citizen has the right to submit. Of course this is still just a balloon and well-informed reasonable people may prevail. On the other hand, they only exist in the center and left at the moment. I'm pretty sure the threat will be carried through. Dumb. Boom! Done.

7. Name all of your "enough left-wing radicals in this administration" and back that up with "firm statistics and actual quotes." Boom! Done.

8. Justice Ginsberg curb-stomps morons for a living. Check-out the butt-whipping she just handed the TX Solicitor General during the abortion facility arguments. The entire country is better for having her. Boom! Boom! Boom! Done.

9. Here’s a novel idea for your future letter-writing: get your facts straight and present your thoughts in a coherent manner backed up by firm statistics and actual quotes. As Reagan also said:

“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”

Reagan said that sulfur dioxide emitted from Mount St. Helens was greater than that emitted by cars over a 10-year period. In one day, cars emit 40 times what Mount St. Helens released in one day even at its peak activity.

In 1985, Reagan praised P.W. Botha’s apartheid regime of South Africa for eliminating segregation. Oops.

1983 Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony: Reagan told a story about military heroism that New York Daily News columnist Lars-Erik Nelson wrote never happened. Nelson had checked the citations on all 434 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded during WWII. The scene Reagan described did appear, however, in the 1944 film A Wing and a Prayer. Larry Speakes’ response? “If you tell the same story five times, it’s true.”

"Trickle down” economics and “Reaganomics?” In 1982, the Congressional Budget Office found that taxpayers earning under $10,000 lost an average of $240 from Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts, while those earning more than $80,000 gained an average of $15,130. By that fall, the jobless rate hit 10.1 percent–the worst in 42 years, and a year later 11.9 million were out of work. In 1983, the country’s poverty rate rose to 15 percent, the highest level since the mid-’60s. In 1984, a congressional study reported that cuts in welfare had pushed more than 500,000 people–the majority of them children–into poverty. Then-Attorney General Ed Meese’s response? “I don’t know of any authoritative figures that there are hungry children … people go to soup kitchens because the food is free and that’s easier than paying for it.

Reagan; foreign policy genius? Grenada, Beirut and the visit to the Nazi cemetery in Bitburg. Don't forget Nicaraguan Contras, whom Reagan likened to the Founding Fathers, and the revelation that the CIA had produced a manual that taught them, in part, how to kidnap and “neutralize” government officials. And the ever popular Iran-Contra–deal; the secret and illegal selling of weapons to our sworn enemy, Iran, to then fund the Contras–was both a constitutional disaster and a foreign policy blunder about which we were asked to believe Reagan knew nothing. His administration was also thoroughly corrupt: Eight senior officials in his administration were indicted.

Fabrication, lying, cruel and counterproductive policies at home and abroad, bloating of the deficit, widening the gap between rich and poor: These are the Reagan legacy.

Now THAT's yer REAL Reagan for ya!! BOOOOOOOOM!!! Drop the mic! Walk away.

Respectfully Submitted,

Force 12


The writer eloquently points out that eight members of the Senate"all stated on the record that they would block any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court". He failed however, to follow-up on any subsequent action by Bush,or reaction by the Senators identified.A half truth has never yielded a valid point.What is the real conclusion here?


Do you remember what the Democrats did to Edenton's Eastern NC Federal Judge Terrance Boyle? Judge Boyle was nominated for a seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond by President Bush and they would not grant him a hearing and he finally withdrew his name. It was thought he was treated so badly was because Sen. Jesse Helm's right hand man's daughter married Judge Boyle. Pay back time?

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