Starting to smell the smoke from what may be the burning house that Donald Trump built, Nebraska US Senator Ben Sasse conveniently issued a scathing rebuke of Trumpism in a teleconference recently.
If you were living on Mars and you recently came to earth and saw the train-wreck that is Donald Trump’s presidency, at least as far as Republican presidencies go. Then you heard Ben Sasse’s statements; you would be moved to declaring Ben Sasse a damn national hero.
On the other hand, if you lived here on good old planet earth, and focused on the fact that(a) Ben Sasse has voted in lock-step with Donald Trump’s agenda 86.7% of the time according to fivethirtyeight.com, (b) that Sasse had no problem with Trump’s outrageous actions over the last three years, including declaring that white Supremacists who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville Virginia were “wonderful people,” © that Ben Sasse only saw fit to criticize Donald Trump in this manner because he sees polling that may mean that Donald Trump will be a one-term president, and more importantly that Republicans may actually lose the Senate.
A Democracy is only as good as its leaders and people’s adherence to established rules and protocols. As far as the actions of the Republican party are concerned, America has long crossed that Rubicon, into another form of government.
As I pointed out in a previous article(linked above), Ben Sasse has shown that he is nothing but a cheap political hustler, who is reading the tea leaves and hoping to distinguish himself from other Republicans to run for president 2024.
In 2016 President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by right-wing Republican associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
It is the Constitutional duty of the sitting President to nominate judges for vacant Federal judgeships, including the Supreme Court.
The constitutional duty of the United States Senate is to give advice and consent to the President’s nominee.
In that process, through hearings and thorough examination of the individual judge’s record and character, the senate then votes one way or the other, to confirm or not to confirm the president’s choice.
There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the United States Senate to make up a rule which says that ten months before an election, the Senate will not act on the president’s pick to fill a supreme court vacancy.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, created that rule in 2016. Judge Merrick Garland was not granted a hearing by a single Republican United States Senator, including Ben Sasse, much less a vote, up or down.
Yet the Republicans turned right around and rammed through Amey Coney Barrett after liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing, a 180 degree turn from a policy they created just over four years ago.
More importantly, it must be noted that Judge Garland was not the only Judge blocked from moving up the federal judiciary. Mitch McConnel blocked well over a hundred and seventy other judges President Obama put forward for advancement in the Federal judiciary.
Mitch McConnel later bragged that the greatest highlight of his political career was when he looked in President Obama’s eyes and told him that he would not be allowing his nomination to proceed to the Supreme Court.
Mitch McConnel did the kind of thing that happens in banana republics, not in the so-called world’s oldest democracy.
Using raw political power to accomplish narrow political ends is the antithesis of what a democratic nation is.
Republicans have made it clear that they have all but abandoned their pompous charade on patriotism and Democracy. They have used to pontificate on and even launch wars as recently as in this twenty-first century under George W Bush.
Dramatically changing voting demographics and it’s alienating policies have caused Republicans to ditch their former lying posture.
They are now desperately engaged in packing the Federal courts with flunkies and lackeys, loyal to the Republican party, and white supremacy as an ideological foundation.
Through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and other anti-democratic tactics, they have systemically launched scorched earth tactics to create a judiciary that will give them what they will not be able to accomplish legislatively.
Their dear leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue alluded to that theory.
Now, Ben Sasse, the historian, wants to issue a civics lesson on the Constitution, which he tried to do Monday as he tried to add legitimacy to the stink of the Amey Coney Barrett hearing.
“If we can back up and do a little bit of eighth-grade civics, I think it would benefit us and benefit the watching country and especially watching eighth-grade civics classes,”
This sanctimonious hypocrite then went on to attack Democrats, charging them with playing politics. This is the same Ben Sasse that did not believe that Judge Garland should be seated when there was a Democratic President in the White House, but who now wants to give a lecture on what he sees as politicking by Democrats who chose to boycott the committee vote.
But that wasn’t all; Sasse went on to criticize Democrats over his very own insecurities, that they will engage in court packing after the election should they win the senate and white house.
The irony is that Ben Sasse was engaged in the straightforward act of court-packing, he was berating the Democrats for. He was projecting onto them, that they will do in return, when Republicans had done when they retrieve the reins of power.
It is the most dastardly act of hypocrisy imaginable, but this guy is a republican, so there is that.….…
The sad reality in all of this fiasco, is that the Democrats are weak; they will ignore this grave travesty that the Republicans have perpetrated on the nation, and they will ignore the will of the people who support them should they win in two weeks.
Rather than immediately nominate and place FOUR JUSTICES ON the supreme court to compensate for the dishonesty that placed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and now Amey Coney Barrett on the nation’s highest court.
That is what’s at stake this cycle, not just removing a wannabe amoral dictator, but shutting down hypocrites like Ben Sasse.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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