I recently wrote U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and requested he not support President Obama’s appointee to the Supreme Court again – as he has done in the past, resulting in two extreme liberals on the bench. Upon receiving his answer, I wrote him a second time.
I thanked him for responding to my request. But there were three sentences in his return e-mail that concern me:
• “I have historically supported judicial nominees that were qualified for the job, even if I disagreed with their philosophical views.”
• “I will only support a consensus nominee to replace Justice Scalia.”
• “As your United States Senator, my primary job is to understand and represent the interests of all South Carolinians.”
Graham’s first and second statements contradict his third. The voters elected him to represent their views, not to support Obama’s appointees if their views (such as extreme liberal) do not represent the wishes of the people who put him in office, regardless of whether he feels they are qualified.
And as for supporting a consensus nominee, again, going along with the crowd is not what the people who elected him expect him to do since a consensus nominee may be contrary to our wishes.
We have Obamacare and many close calls on our Second Amendment rights because of the extreme liberal justices whom he helped put in office because, as he previously stated, in effect, the president has the right to appoint whom he chooses.
The people of South Carolina, in my opinion, want Graham to represent their philosophies and opinions, not just go with a consensus – and not vote in favor of extreme liberals.
Neil O. Myers