There is a lot of political hyperbole centered on whether President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement for deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. They argue that since he is in his final months at the White House the next President should have that “responsibility.” The Republican presidential candidates are framing an argument that Mr. Obama should not pursue a replacement. The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already gone on record saying the Senate should not entertain a straight up or down vote on an Obama nominee.
President Obama might be in a win-win situation with a Supreme Court not having a conservative majority. Rulings on immigration, health care, female reproductive rights, labor unions affirmative action at universities and climate change are on the line and without Scalia, the prevailing feeling is there are now four liberals and four conservatives on the bench.
But politics aside, Barack Obama has a constitutional responsibility to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice. It’s his job!
So let’s flip the script… If the decision was yours, what would you do?
Admit it, you would follow though and present your nominee. Why? Because you would be compelled to do your job! It is a matter of personal ethics. And if you rise to the pinnacle of “role model,” you have an added responsibility of following through on your obligations. Young people are watching!
So what kind of an example is the President of the United States expected to set for you, your children and even his children?
I expect Mr. Obama to follow MY example and do his job… After all, I do mine!
Anyone who suggests that the President should NOT do his job is contributing to the dumbing down of America, a weakening of our moral fabric. The last thing America needs is more elected officials who shirk their duties with a slovenly work ethic. We already have enough of that!
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