Win the Senate, Win the Courts For a Generation


Dome of the US Capitol at nightBy: Diliff
Republicans fall in line, Democrats fall in love. This cheesy and juvenile saying drives me crazy, but it's one that I've unfortunately come to accept as one hundred percent accurate. Despite Barack Obama's presidency being a resounding success, he's sitting at a forty percent approval rating and he might very well lose the senate. I want to try to explain why that would be a very, very bad thing for his final two years in office.

Does anyone remember when you could be refused health insurance because you had depression or cancer? How about the terrible chapter in our nations history that forced our service members to hide the person they were; living in constant fear of being 'outed' and dishonorably discharged for being gay? Should we applaud our President for overseeing an economy that has doubled and added over four million jobs in six years? I could go on and on, but you get the point.

How do liberals thank the President for these and dozens of other accomplishments? We are openly thinking about sitting out one of the most pivotal elections in a generation. Republicans win when Democrats don't vote. They have relied on this tactic for a number of years and they are relying on it in 2014. However this is one election that we can not afford to lose.

The war of ideas has been won by the left. We have proven that unrestrained capitalism in the hands of the Republicans does not work, as evidenced by the 2008 financial crisis. We have been on the side of fundamental human rights for everyone in this country. While we still have a long ways to go in that department, we have made gigantic strides and have begun an irreversible stride towards the finish line. The rapid speed of social change in this country has been exciting and all the more reason why liberals need to turn out in force in November. The President's legacy will almost surely be dependent on it.

You may accuse me of being needlessly hyperbolic, but I hope to convince you that I am not. President's come and go, but Federal judges serve for life. Since the Senate rules change last December, 48 federal judges have been confirmed. This rules change helped usher in, for the first time since 1984, a federal court system with a majority of judges appointed by a Democratic President. We will be reaping the benefits of this achievement for the considerable future, but we can not afford to stop now.

President Reagan was a savvy politician who understood that judges are the ones who shape national policy and he worked tirelessly to reshape the courts in his image. Barack Obama understands the same thing and he deserves to continue to reshape the courts in his image. Two more years of judicial confirmations who are able to make their mark on this nation is a heck of a lot better than two years of judicial gridlock.

Voting is a civic duty that should excite everyone, regardless of political affiliation. As I said earlier—Republicans win when Democrats don't show up to the polls. Let's not prove that saying true once again. Too much is at stake in this election.
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Apathy loses elections. You are right; federal judge appointees are massively overlooked, and they get a lot of power across the board.
Mike EprohtThe Good Toad
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The treatment of Barack Obama is nothing short of a racist "political lynching" reminiscent of the 1950's and 60's. John Boehner and his Republican cronies are the "hangmen". The first president of color deserves better than this. Their behavior is disrespectful, disgraceful and borders on treasonous. Boehner's hoping people will forget that while leading the most dysfunctional and least productive congress in history he has been the leading source of "gridlock" in Washington. Let's reelect him so he can continue to thumb his nose at a sitting president. He can also pick our pocket while we're kissing his ass. I'm sure he will find some needy millionaire or billionaire to give the money to. This "snake oil salesman" is third in line to the presidency for God's sake! He's nothing but a puppet of the wealthy, a package, that says what he thinks most Americans want to hear.