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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 24, 2016

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Congress needs to work together, not against each other

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and numerous other senators may have forgotten their “Oath of Office”, when they said they would not even consider a Supreme Court Judge nomination by the current President.  Their Oath of Office is as follows:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

They are violating their Oath of Office in that they are not supporting and defending the Constitution, nor are they bearing true faith and allegiance to the same. 

The Constitution of the United States Article 2, Section 2 says “The President shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Judges of the Supreme Court.” It doesn’t say that the Senate can refuse to consider any nomination of a current President.  Where is their true faith in working with the President on a mutually agreed appointment?

Sen. McConnell and the Senate came out fighting as though they’re going into a boxing match at Madison Square Garden.  They’re not supposed to be fighters but negotiators, sitting across the table from the President working out who would be the best Supreme Court Justice appointee.  It’s not what’s best for the Republicans or the Democrats, but what’s best for our country! 

Both parties fail this miserably. 

What’s happening to my country that I love and fought for?  

Why does everybody want their way and are eager to fight rather than negotiate? 

Fighting is an absolute last resort to try and get your way, with negotiations you can work out your differences and possibly even become friends!

My plea to them and this applies from the lowest level of government to the highest:

Stop drawing a line in the sand where everybody on the opposite side of the line is your enemy.  Work with them for the common good and please stop running my country into the ground. 

If you can’t leave his country in better shape than when you were elected then you’re a failure to the cause of democracy and to the United States!

John Henry

Shelby County