There is nothing in the Constitution that says you can rotate Supreme Court Justices.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) promised to rotate judges off of the Supreme Court to combat a “terrible 5-4 conservative majority” during the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday night.
“My plan is somebody who believes for a start that a woman’s right to control her own body is a constitutional right that government and politicians should not infringe on that right, we will everything we can to defend Roe v. Wade,” Sanders said when asked about his approach to the Supreme Court. “Second of all, let me make a promise here. You ask about litmus tests. My litmus test is I will never nominate any justice to the Supreme Court unless that justice is 100% clear he or she will defend Roe v. Wade.”
Sanders continued to reject the idea of court-packing, but proposed an alternative procedure for undermining the court’s authority and bringing “new blood” onto the court.
“Third of all, I do not believe in ‘packing the court,'” Sanders said. “We got a terrible 5-4 majority conservative court right now But I do believe that constitutionally we have the power to rotate judges to other courts. And that brings in new blood into the Supreme Court and a majority, I hope, that will understand that a woman has the right to control her own body and that corporations cannot run the United States of America.”
Second Amendment supporters need to stand united no matter what happens.
We need to fight these Damned Dangerous Red Flag Laws.
United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- If there is one thing we all understand as Second Amendment supporters, it’s the need to fight – even when we disagree on the methods. But we can’t just fight harder when confronted with threats, we have to fight smarter than we have over the years. This applies across the entire Second Amendment community.
Or, to put it bluntly, in just this month alone, two ads (that’s what the column and re-airing were) reaching almost 30 million people were run advocating the views of anti-Second Amendment extremists. Those were, essentially, two major in-kind contributions to Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. That one in November, run the Sunday before Election Day, may have swung the votes of some of the 9.85 million who saw it.
Before we go any further, let’s talk numbers. When it comes to elected officials, the ideal would be that all 435 Representatives, all 100 Senators, all 50 governors, the President, Vice President, the nine justices of the Supreme Court, and the hundreds upon hundreds of state legislators are staunch defenders of the Second Amendment. That is not the reality, though.
As of today, Second Amendment supporters can really only count on 190 votes in the House (based on the vote for HR 8). The situation is much better in the Senate – not only are there about 55 votes (Joe Manchin and Jon Tester vote pro-Second Amendment often than not, but they are not the most reliable on ancillary issues), but the leadership is pro-Second Amendment and will kill anti-Second Amendment bills.
One part of the problem with improving these numbers is that running for office is expensive and time-consuming. Those loyal Ammoland readers who volunteer to defend our rights – whether with a pro-Second Amendment group or on their own – already have a taste of the costs involved in time and money for those running a political campaign. The sacrifices can go beyond time and money these days. Just remember Amy Dickinson’s advice to a father whose daughter bought a pistol. So, we see the pool of willing candidates for those many positions get much, much smaller.
Then there is the question as to whether those folks who support the Second Amendment have the skills to run a successful election campaign in their given district or state-wide, depending on the office they seek. This is to be expected – pro-Second Amendment cases are easier to make in West Virginia than the suburbs of Los Angeles. The major issues touching on the Second Amendment in Baltimore are very different than those in Wyoming.
They also will need the proper support from volunteers, good campaign staff, and enough financial support to run a successful campaign for elected office. Now, all things being equal, the person with the better campaign and a decent pro-Second Amendment position tend to beat the person with a “pure” pro-Second Amendment position but who lacks the campaign skills to win elections. And even the best campaigners can say stupid stuff – and said stupid stuff need not even be about Second Amendment issues – that will kill their chances.
All of a sudden, that pool of Second Amendment candidates shrinks more and more. So, if there are no surprises, after a federal election, Second Amendment supporters are hoping for at least 218 pro-Second Amendment people in the House of Representatives and 60 in the Senate to go with a pro-Second Amendment president.
Why is that number for the Senate 60? Because when all is said and done, a majority is not enough, thanks to the filibuster. Any effort to roll back the current laws will face a filibuster from Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, and a number of other anti-Second Amendment extremists. We could nuke the legislative filibuster, but after seeing how Harry Reid’s decision to nuke the judicial nominations filibuster went – and how the legislative filibuster enabled us to kill a new federal semiauto ban after Sandy Hook – perhaps we should keep that and work to create a cultural and political landscape that gets us 60 pro-Second Amendment Senators.
Also, note the “no surprises” point. As Duane Liptak pointed out, we are at the mercy of events. Well, we’ve had a bunch in the last year and a half. Mass shootings in Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland generated momentum for anti-Second Amendment extremists. A mass shooting can generate a large amount of media-driven momentum. Look at what 60 Minutes did the Sunday before the 2018 elections, and how many people it reached – almost 10 million people (versus NRA’s roughly six million).
That made the legislative fight one of damage control. Sometimes, the only win is to limit what the other side gets. That was the case in 1968, that was the case to an extent in 1993 (with the Brady Act), and that is the case with the bump stock ban and “red flag” laws in the current climate today. I wish that wasn’t the case, but that is the reality of the situation, and denial of that reality is going to do us no good.
I have been fighting for the Second Amendment in one form or another since I was arguing gun control in debates during my high school government class. In the quarter-century since those classroom debates, my experience from multiple vantage points indicates that Liptak’s characterization of the people working at NRA at every level is accurate. No honest Second Amendment supporter should ever doubt the commitment of anyone who has worked full-time for NRA to defending our freedoms.
Look, the stakes in 2020 are very high. All Second Amendment supporters need to pull together, stop sniping at each other, and start going after those who would take our rights away. Fighting harder against each other is not the smart fight. Unless, of course, you think Andrew Cuomo’s abuses will stop once he’s debanked and killed the NRA.
The Meathead is trying to regain his fifteen more minutes of fame.
Has the Meathead said or done anything vaguely intelligent ever?
Left-wing Hollywood filmmaker Rob Reiner is accusing President Donald Trump of “personally” inviting Russian president Vladimir Putin to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting it was an act of treason.
“In 2016, on national TV, Trump asked Russia to attack our Democracy,” Reiner wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “Today, on worldwide TV he personally gave Putin the ok to do it again. If I’m not mistaken, Treason is listed in our Constitution as a high crime. WTF!”
In 2016, on national TV, Trump asked Russia to attack our Democracy. Today, on worldwide TV he personally gave Putin the ok to do it again. If I’m not mistaken, Treason is listed in our Constitution as a high crime. WTF! #ImpeachmentInquiryNow
Earlier Friday, President Trump joked with Putin about Russian meddling in U.S. election as the pair of world leaders met at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
The quip was prompted by a reporter who asked President Trump if he planned to warn Russia against involving itself in the next election.
“Yes, of course, I will,” Trump responded as he turned and pointed to the Russian delegation. “Don’t meddle in the election, President. Don’t meddle in the election.”
Putin did not reply to the question.
Their meeting was the first since special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation into now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), criticized President Trump’s quip, echoing remarks made by Reiner.
“President @realDonaldTrump is joking with Putin about interfering in our elections, but the joke is on us and Putin’s the only one laughing. President Trump is basically giving Putin a green light to interfere in 2020,” Schumer tweeted.
Reiner’s latest tirade isn’t the first time he has accused Russia of attacking the U.S.
In July 2017, the All in the Family star claimed Russia “invaded” the U.S. following a meeting between President Trump and Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
“Russia has invaded US & continues to try to undermine our democracy,” he said at the time. “DT (Donald Trump) refuses to protect us. Don’t let a weak ignorant liar sell us out.”
Reiner, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken Trump critics, has repeatedly called for the president’s impeachment, citing the Mueller report’s findings and business activities prior to assuming office.
The director has previously called the president the “enemy of the people” and a “sick delusional criminal fuck.” In April, Reiner endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential run, predicting the frontrunner will “restore our souls and standing as leader of the free world.”
This is rich coming from the second worst president in American history.
Former President Jimmy Carter said he believes President Donald Trump’selection was illegitimate and “he didn’t actually win the election in 2016.”
Carter was speaking at at a Carter Center conference on human rights in Virginia with author Jon Meacham when he made the remarks. (First reported by USA Today’s Susan Page.)
“I think the interference, though not yet quantified, should be fully investigated and would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016, he lost the election,” Carter said.
“He was put into office because the Russians interfered,” he said. Carter was then asked if that meant he believed Trump was illegitimate.
“Based on what I said, which I can’t retract,” Carter responded, prompting laughter from the audience.
Carter has spoken with Trump in the past and attended Trump’s inauguration. Earlier this year, Carter says he offered Trump advice on dealing with China after Trump called him to talk about the country.
The blame for these two illegals lays at the door of the DemocRats for not helping fix our immigration laws.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used to believe that the border crisis was a fabrication from the Trump administration. Now, he’s blaming the president for the drowning of a migrant man and his daughter in the Rio Grande.
Confused by such a dramatic reversal? So am I.
Just months ago, Schumer berated the president from the Senate floor for using “the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
So what is the Senate minority leader saying now that disturbing pictures of the drowning have surfaced?
“We’ve got to change our policies,” Schumer said, according to TheBlaze.
“So, president Trump, if you want to know the real reason there’s chaos at the border, look in the mirror.
“Mr. President, you are president of the United States,” Schumer said. “You are head of the executive branch. You control what’s happening at the border. And much of what’s happening at the border, president Trump, stems from the chaos and mismanagement in your administration.”
Schumer places no blame on Congress, of course. No concession that the legislative branch has treated border security as a minor issue.
But the president “manufacture[d] a crisis”?
As the article from TheBlaze continues, “the immigration policy origins of the current asylum-driven crisis are similar to the origins of the crisis that the U.S. experienced five years ago during the summer of 2014 during which then-President Obama warned Central American about the danger of making journey to the U.S. in order to claim asylum: ‘Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back; more importantly, they might not make it.’”
Obama’s quote may be making the rounds this week, as it should be.
The moron that ran up the gay pride flag in place of the POW flag needs to be horsewhipped.
This was a slap in the face of every veteran.
U.S. Veterans in Montgomery County, Maryland, were furious when the county government replaced its POW flag with the gay pride flag outside the county veteran’s park.
Another left-wing governmental body is bowing to the radical, left-wing gay lobby and disrespecting our troops in the process.
The Montgomery County Council’s first gay member, Evan Glass, celebrated the raising of the gay pride flag Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Rockville, Maryland, according to NBC 4.
You read that right. The county’s gay council member decided that flying the gay pride flag outside the city’s veteran’s park was better than flying the POW flag!
It didn’t take long before the local veterans rose up in anger. None of them were all that upset that the officials wanted to raise the radical gay flag, mind you, but there were furious that a veretan flag was taken down outside a veteran’s park in order to raise the gay flag.
Naturally, and with good reason, the veterans felt like they were getting disrespected in favor of the radical gay agenda.
And they are 100 percent right, too.
Vietnam veteran John “Bill” Williams spoke out at the slight.
“When I was in Vietnam, I was there six days before two guys were missing in action, and they still haven’t found their bodies,” Williams said. And this is how the country treats him.
“I wasn’t happy about it at all because the park is supposed to be a veterans park,” Williams added. “People died. Now they took it down and put another flag up.”
The gay politician quickly began backtracking as soon as the backlash hit.
Councilman Glass claimed that the flag pole was the real problem. You see, it was only set up for one flag. So, naturally the veterans had to take a back seat for his gay agenda.
Glass promised to add another set of rigging to the pole so that two flags could be flown.
The fact that Glass felt that his radical agenda was more important than our veterans is all we need to know about him.
Mittens Romney is just John McCain with Mormon magic underwear.
In the last few years before he died, Sen. John McCain became a net negative for the country, acting like a petulant child and torpedoing the people’s agenda just because he was mad. But thus far, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in on track to being worse than McCain as he clearly seeks to be the “new” voice of petulance in the upper chamber.
In his few short months in the U.S. Senate, Romney has already racked up a record more traitorous to the conservative cause than McCain did in 40 years.
For instance, Romney’s latest calumny is to side with the one man in Congress that literally nobody is backing: lunatic Trump hater Justin Amash.
Amash, a “Republican” from Michigan, looks like is on his last term in Congress as his polling numbers back home have cratered due to his absurd anti-Trump pronouncements.
Amash is about the only elected Republican in the country that is agitating for a Trump impeachment. He’s not just in favor of it, he is nearly as wild-eyed and rabid about it as the worst Democrat in the House.
And then there is our pal, Mitt Romney, cozying up to this loser, calling him “courageous,” and refusing to support Trump’s 2020 reelection.
Why would Romney do such an idiotic thing?
Romney himself has been a constant thorn in the president and the party’s side. Recently, for instance, he was needlessly attacking the president by accepting the left’s Russia conspiracy lies and using the left’s argument to attack the president.
“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” Romney said last Friday.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee took a swipe at Romney shortly after the Sen. made the statement.
“Know what makes me sick, Mitt?” Huckabee Tweeted. “Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS.”
But, let’s remind ourselves who Romney is. He was a liberal Republican who only won a single term as the Governor of left-wing Massachusetts. He worked against the Second Amendment and supported abortion after he was against it. He also helped create Obamacare, a disastrous policy that is hurting the country to this very day (the same policy his pal McCain made sure we were stuck with via one of his last, black-hearted votes before he died).
Romney also ran for office about 30 times since then and lost every single time (well, OK, only 4, but still). He ran for U.S. Senate in Mass. and lost. He finally won a single term as Mass. gov, but didn’t have the support to gain a second term. Then, he ran for president two times and lost and once unofficially and again didn’t make the finish line.
Then, in 2018, he packed up his millions, headed to Utah, and bought himself a U.S. Senate seat.
This is the guy parading around as the voice of the party!
So, what has he been doing in the Senate? Well, he’s been fighting the important battle to put an end to that evil of all evils… vaping.