by Wayne Simmes:
During the campaign for President in 2016 one of the more conservative Supreme Court Justices suddenly and unforeseen died. When Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on a ranch in Texas an opening occurred on the Supreme Court. While no proof has been raised that his death was anything other than from natural causes, it did play heavily on the election of 2016.
Since there was a Republican majority in the Senate, President Obama’s attempt to throw the Court to the left was rebuffed. When it became clear to the electorate that whoever won the Presidency would be the one to fill that vacant seat, it became a rallying cry for the Republicans. And I believe it was one of the major reasons that Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States.
Candidate Trump promised that if elected he would quickly nominate a conservative to serve on the highest court in the land. He fulfilled that promise by nominating Neil Gorsuch. And while that was a great nomination and kept the balance of the court in the middle we are facing perhaps a larger problem that must be addressed in the near future.
Of the nine justices presently serving two of them are over 80 years old and a third is 79. If any of them should die or step down at this time, we can assume that conservative justices would be appointed to replace them.
But this is what keeps me up at night thinking the unthinkable. Should the Democrats take back the majority of the Senate in 2018 and then one or more of these justices should die or retire, President Trump would not be able to replace them with conservatives. Those positions would either remain open until either we had a new President or a new makeup of the Senate or the Democrats would force some liberal people to fill those vacancies.
When you are considering who to vote into the position of Senator, you need to remember that it is the Senate that confirms justices to the Supreme Court. Unless you want our country to go further towards Socialism or even Communism, it is imperative that Republicans remain in control of the Senate.