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Voting Choice Pays Off

by baldilocks

And how rare is that?

Many peo­ple cited a lone rea­son to vote for the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date that was Don­ald Trump: to keep Hillary Clin­ton out of the Oval Office. As it turned out, that was the sole rea­son that I voted for him. But there were other very good reasons.

Like this one.

Of course, we remem­ber that the pres­i­dent nom­i­nated Neil Gor­such to the Supreme court early last year to take

[cap­tion id=“attachment_107317” align=“alignright” width=“200”] It’s fun to imag­ine Scalia gig­gling after fac­ing a Higher Court.[/caption]

the place of Antonin Scalia – who died in 2016. Jus­tice Gor­such was con­firmed by the US Sen­ate and took the oath of office last April. Con­ser­v­a­tives seem to be pleased with his deci­sions so far.

But, accord­ing to the piece, the Left is afraid that all of its sig­na­ture issues will be over­ruled by the high court – espe­cially if Pres­i­dent Trump gets to nom­i­nate another poten­tial SCJ.

Repub­li­cans are work­ing with Trump to make a record-​breaking num­ber of appoint­ments to fed­eral courts. These new, mostly young, white men will be in a posi­tion to rule on leg­is­la­tion that could change Amer­ica for years.

But the most con­tentious appoint­ment would be a sec­ond nom­i­na­tion to the high­est court in the land. The supreme court has over decades deliv­ered land­mark deci­sions on issues from abor­tion to affir­ma­tive action and same-​sex mar­riage. The poten­tial for Trump to install another jus­tice on the nine-​seat bench, some legal experts argue, could have pro­found con­se­quences on issues rang­ing from women’s repro­duc­tive health to LGBT rights.

With spec­u­la­tion mount­ing over the pos­si­ble retire­ment of supreme court jus­tice Anthony Kennedy, Trump could have a last­ing impact on reshap­ing America’s most impor­tant court.

Hon­estly, I think that the worst thing that advo­cates of LGBT rights (trans­la­tion: same-​sex mar­riage), abor­tion, etc. would have to worry about is that most such issues would revert to the state leg­is­la­tures where they belong. That’s why the tenth amend­ment exists.

But it’s always good to keep the Left afraid. Just keep your eyes open.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

And how rare is that?

Many people cited a lone reason to vote for the presidential candidate that was Donald Trump: to keep Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office. As it turned out, that was the sole reason that I voted for him. But there were other very good reasons.

Like this one.

Of course, we remember that the president nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme court early last year to take

It’s fun to imagine Scalia giggling after facing a Higher Court.

the place of Antonin Scalia – who died in 2016. Justice Gorsuch was confirmed by the US Senate and took the oath of office last April. Conservatives seem to be pleased with his decisions so far.

But, according to the piece, the Left is afraid that all of its signature issues will be overruled by the high court – especially if President Trump gets to nominate another potential SCJ.

Republicans are working with Trump to make a record-breaking number of appointments to federal courts. These new, mostly young, white men will be in a position to rule on legislation that could change America for years.

But the most contentious appointment would be a second nomination to the highest court in the land. The supreme court has over decades delivered landmark decisions on issues from abortion to affirmative action and same-sex marriage. The potential for Trump to install another justice on the nine-seat bench, some legal experts argue, could have profound consequences on issues ranging from women’s reproductive health to LGBT rights.

With speculation mounting over the possible retirement of supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump could have a lasting impact on reshaping America’s most important court.

Honestly, I think that the worst thing that advocates of LGBT rights (translation: same-sex marriage), abortion, etc. would have to worry about is that most such issues would revert to the state legislatures where they belong. That’s why the tenth amendment exists.

But it’s always good to keep the Left afraid. Just keep your eyes open.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

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