|Dang! I can't believe there's a pic of Senator Lee with the same Skousenite Constitution held by the Malheur Occupiers!|
Mike started spouting some pre-canned wonky stuff about the number of tied decisions when the door opened on his Floor No. 4 and he stepped out following an aide, and kind of held the door as he kept talking to me.
I admit I interrupted, but I had to get it out. "You just need to know that there are a lot of people in Utah who are not happy with your undermining the Constitution!" I swear it just popped. And I was thinking very broadly about all his shenanigans, not just the Supreme Court delay.
He replied, "It's not undermining the Constitution!"
"Oh, yes it is!" and the door closed.
In spite of the exchange ending on a schoolyard "nanny-nanny-boo-boo" note, the short lady in the back corner of the elevator box looked at me with the widest eyes and biggest smile. I didn't know what else to do so I shook her hand. She grabbed it with both of hers and said she was so proud of me for speaking up, "I wanted to say something to him, but I couldn't think of what to say!"
She reminded me so much of my paternal grandmother in the way she said it and looked up at me with adoring eyes. I noted that she had a lanyard with a government ID as did I (although the ID portion was fortunately tucked into my sweater so Mike couldn't have read it.) And she couldn't have been that much older than me, but her voice and that wave of memory of my life-long Democratic Grandma came. My Grandma who would have first voted in 1932 for FDR, lived to see President Obama. She was amazed that the racial barrier had snapped so far for her to see it in her lifetime.
I doubt I did any good with Senator Mike. He is convinced of his weird Skousenite-Beckian ways with the Constitution. And technically he is not in violation of the Constitution as it does say that "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, [the President] shall appoint. . . . (U.S. Cons., Art. II, Clause 2, emphasis added.) The "shall" applies to the President, not necessarily to the Senate. This implies that the Senate has the option to withhold consent. But, what!? It implies! It doesn't exactly spell it out!?
Oh, yeah. Even the strict-constructionist, original-intenters have to interpret the Constitution! And they do that for their political purposes and expediencies.
My point, way lost beyond Mike's red-faced perturbation, was that he and his ilk have the form of constitutionality but deny the intent there of. There is nothing in the stall on President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court other than crass, partisan politics. There is no nobility in claiming the last election meant nothing but the upcoming one will (good luck with that, Republicans!)
My broader point is that the Founders' intent is clearly and expressly laid out in the Preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.It is a process. If you refuse to participate in the process, you do no honor to the Founders' intent.
Senator Mike's political gamesmanship on this and so many other issues does nothing to bring us to the ideals of the "more perfect Union" as set out above. It only helps divide us. Sure, Congress can stall and do nothing in an attempt to deny the President his historical and legal legacy. But that is not government of, by, and for all the People! It is ugly politics.
Shame on you, Senator Lee, and on all the obstructionists!