I found a webpage entitled 10 THINGS THAT SHOULD WARRANT AN ASS KICKING. If you wish, you may read it by following the embedded link contained within its title.
Well, I think the Republicans in the United States Senate warrant a good ass kicking. I realize that my wording (i.e. ass kicking) is quite strong, and perhaps vulgar, and it is something I try to avoid in my writings; but, gosh darn it to heck, the Senate Republicans who seem to have lost their minds need to do their job, plain and simple.
I am specifically thinking of the fact that these malcontents, these obstructionists, on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary boisterously avow they will not even hold hearings on any nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States that President Barack Obama may send to the Senate for consideration. After all, as the immediately preceding web page states, "Power to nominate the Justices is vested in the President of the United States and appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Senate."
I am not saying the Senate must approve any recommended nominee to the Supreme Court. I am just saying the Senate needs perform its Constitutional responsibilities and do its job. Hearings should be held; hearings must be held. A vote (up or down) on a nominee should be taken; a vote on a nominee must be taken.
The GOP is not the political party that it once was. And, GOP Obstructionism is not all that new or infrequent under President Barack Obama.
If it were not for the fact that the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are all equal in their respective governmental roles, I would suggest that the President request the Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus ordering the Senate to perform its Constitutional responsibility and duty. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that a mandamus would or could be issued to the Senate as an entity or to specific United States Senators.
My message to the U.S. Senate in regards to potential appointments of nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama is plain and simple: Have the hearings and take a vote.
With more than 300 days left in President Obama's term, the Senate has no excuse to delay.
Help me to spread the word. Let us all do our part to make the Senate do its job.
Sign the petition—tell the Senate to do its job.