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I’m justifiably angry that the very liberal Elena Kagan, who opposes relying on the written Constitution and the original writings of the founding fathers in composing our Constitution, has been confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is a liberal political activist of the worst kind.
It looks like Kagan’s going to be a Supreme Court judge to rule over us for 30 to 40 years. This is what a Democrat-run Senate does. But it’s also what happens when Republican senators are self-centered and don’t fight for families.
Some conservatives get angrier when Democrats push their immoral policies, and some conservatives get angrier when Republicans don’t do their jobs. Both have occurred – ker-splat! — in the Elena Kagan fiasco.
Prior to the Kagan confirmation vote, SaveCalifornia.com spoke out , joining a handful of small pro-family activist organizations who were frustrated with how Senate Republicans and large, national pro-family organizations seemed to be solely focusing on how bad Kagan is, and why she should be voted against. Republican senators didn’t seem to be focusing on how they could win – how Kagan could actually be stopped in committee — and national pro-family groups weren’t holding Republican committee members accountable.
REFUSING TO SHOOT TO KILL
It’s like an armed robber who breaks into a house at night. The homeowners are gun owners and the husband, with a cocked, laser-beam-sited, large-caliber gun in his hands, has the element of surprise over the dangerous intruder. They fear for their lives. But now, imagine that instead of shooting the bad guy, the homeowner turns on bright lights, and starts lecturing him about how he shouldn’t break into houses, how he should get a job instead; bottom line, he refuses to point and shoot to kill, as if words were enough. If you were the wife of such a man, you would be both angry and scared out of your wits, completely let down and utterly unprotected from the worst that was yet to come.
This paints the picture of what the Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee didn’t do. They didn’t use the power they had to stop their mortal enemy, Elena Kagan. According to the official rules of the committee, two minority committee members must be present in order to establish a quorum and do any committee business.
Even though “Republican” Lindsey Graham — who seems to enjoy helping liberals harm pro-family citizens — showed up ready to vote “yes,” if the six other Republicans had stayed away from committee, and not even shown up, the Kagan nomination would have been derailed and bottled up indefinitely.
Don’t believe it? See the official rules as posted on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website. Rule IV means a nomination can be stopped if a Republican objects and no Republican votes to override that objection. Rule III means even if there’s a Republican sell-out (such as Lindsey Graham), the rest of the Republican members can still derail a nomination if they refuse to show up and register their attendance.
1. Six Members of the Committee, actually present, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of discussing business. Eight Members of the Committee, including at least two Members of the minority, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business. No bill, matter, or nomination shall be ordered reported from the Committee, however, unless a majority of the Committee is actually present at the time such action is taken and a majority of those present support the action taken.
IV. BRINGING A MATTER TO A VOTE
The Chairman shall entertain a non-debatable motion to bring a matter before the Committee to a vote. If there is objection to bring the matter to a vote without further debate, a roll call vote of the Committee shall be taken, and debate shall be terminated if the motion to bring the matter to a vote without further debate passes with ten votes in the affirmative, one of which must be cast by the minority.
WHY THE COWARDICE?
The halls of Congress are the zenith of worldly desires for power, position, fame, self-idolatry, self-seeking, and people-pleasing comfort. With free staff that treats you like a little prince or princess, and people high and low calling you “Senator” or “Congressman,” having this exalted position reinforces earthly desires that are the opposite of serving others and suffering for righteousness.
When Democrat after Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee thanked Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican, for conducting “respectful,” “fair,” and “even-handed” hearings on Elena Kagan, the Democrats were basically thanking Sessions for “playing nice” instead of having the stomach to “go to war” to kill Kagan’s nomination, as the rules allowed.
Love is not necessarily “nice,” because loving hundreds of millions of innocent people enough to go to war never pleases your enemies or bystanders who only recognize “soft love” but never “tough love.” Instead of playing “nice,” Republicans, led by Jeff Sessions, could have boycotted the committee and indefinitely derailed Kagan’s nomination. It would have been a glorious fuss, and a worthy price to pay to stop an enemy of the written Constitution. But they didn’t want to suffer or to endure opposition from their peers, so they let Kagan slip through their grasp.
What can be done to fix this problem? Short-term, pro-family Republicans must change their minds and sincerely want to stop Elena Kagan. They must dedicate themselves to mount a lengthy, productive filibuster, but unfortunately, that can be cut off with 60 votes, and there are already 60 Kagan supporters on the Senate floor.
Long-term, pro-family citizens and their children and grandchildren need much better Republicans (or more independents or members of other political parties), who are motivated to run for public office because they want to do good, fight evil, and suffer for Jesus Christ — not because they like the money or fame or attention. And they must be tested beforehand to discover whether they are true or false, strong or weak. Because the self-serving Republicans choked in this, the hour to stop the wicked Democrats’ relentless assault against the written Constitution.
He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.”
2 Chronicles 19:5-7 NLT