What You Need to Know About Obama’s Pick for SCOTUS

Obama Nominates Judge Merrick Garland

Obama and the Democrats insist that Judge Merrick is not an ideologue, but that claim is simply because he is slightly less ideological than they are. We need a justice who understands constitutional restraint and limitations, and the Democrats are out of their minds if they think Garland represents the political orientation of main stream America. It should be enough to provide a couple of points about Merrick in order to see that he is anything but the replacement for Scalia that we need.

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.”

Garland's antagonism towards the Second Amendment and his positive views towards the environmental nonsense that is bankrupting this nation should each be sufficient cause to reject his nomination. The fact that Merrick has not been clear on social issues is a problem because justices who have been obtuse about such ideology have generally turned out to be hard left. Equally important, we need a judge who will clearly and unambiguously uphold the immigration laws of the land.

It makes more sense to wait for a new Republican president to pick the nominee and to try and ensure that they carry the torch of Scalia into the future. And if Clinton gets in, she will still have to get Congressional approval for a pick, so there is still a chance to shape the court a bit.

For now, there is no hurry, and it is already clear that for flaming partisan liberals like most of the Democrat party, any judge that is slightly to the right of their crazed, screeching partisanship is someone they would consider “moderate.” Time to just wait and see, and let Obama just sit back and let the clock run out.

Source: Breitbart.com



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