The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has upheld the president’s highly controversial order banning entry to the U.S. to people from several Muslim-majority countries.
A country founded by a people fleeing religious persecution, built on the principles of separation of church and state as well as on the backs of immigrant laborers, has chosen to shut its doors to entire nations of people.
The 5-4 decision made Tuesday was tight, underscoring the consequences of Mitch McConnell’s shameful manipulation of the system that prevented President Barack Obama from exercising his presidential right to appoint a Supreme Court justice after the death of Antonin Scalia.
His scheming, and the fruits of his labor, point to the greatest American failure of all: our failure to maintain a bipartisan justice system.
By allowing our politicians to turn our highest court of law into a playground for partisan politics we have surrendered our voice as a people, and we will pay for it for years to come.
The appointment of a Supreme Court justice is a momentous and highly consequential thing; that person will remain on the bench for life, allowing them to influence the U.S. legal system for decades at a time.
After Scalia died, Obama and his administration nominated Merrick Garland, who is the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States court of Appeals and has held that position since 1997.
Despite his longstanding history of bipartisan support and respect, and despite previous Republican support for Garland, McConnell made it his mission to prevent Garland’s appointment, at which he unfortunately succeeded.
As soon as the current administration came into power, McConnell pushed through the “nuclear option,” changing senate rules to allow Supreme Court nominees to be approved by a simple 51-vote majority instead of the previously required 60 votes.
That decision is what led to the “Muslim Ban” being upheld today, and it is without doubt that McConnell’s actions will lead to many more assaults on our justice system, our constitution, and the very essence of American culture and society.
Protesters have rallied outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. and more protests are scheduled to take place today and throughout the week across the country.
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