I might have been a bit premature a couple of weeks ago when I said with the election over, the anger permeating our country would dissipate. Whoops!
Instead, we have descended into a bitter division. We have protests against the president elect before he’s even taken office. We have the same president elect crying that the theater should be a safe space for his vice president elect.
We need a voice we can all listen to, to tell us what to do, so we have something extra to be thankful for.
With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the political world has been in a frenzy.
Scalia was a conservative justice, and without him, the bench is evenly divided between four mostly liberal judges and four mostly conservative judges. The appointment of the next justice will have reverberations felt for a long time to come.
Naturally, this has caused violent arguments in Washington and beyond about what to do. Republicans in the Senate–who must provide consent on the presidential appointment, as laid out in the Constitution–have said they won’t even vote on any Obama nominee since it’s an election year.
Obama, for his part, has said “Come on, guys,” and “I’m sorry I did the same thing when I was in the Senate.”
Let’s see if we can work through some extreme scenarios to find the perfect compromise. Continue reading →