The Constitution and the Senate

To the editor:

Because the U.S. Constitution is alleged by many to be a living document, is it possible that it has grown to mean that the current Senate can decline to act on a given president’s Supreme Court nominee?

Because the right to abortion has been unearthed in the Constitution, is it possible that a careful search could still turn up in that document a right of the current Senate to abort the procedure of selecting a member of the Supreme Court if at a given time it deems that procedure to be a source of inconvenience to itself? Doubters could be won over by calling this a right to choose.

If the Supreme Court can say that “established by the state” does not mean what it says (King v. Burwell, 2015), or can even redefine marriage, could anyone deny the current Senate the right to redefine in any way it chooses its role in handling Supreme Court nominees?

If, on the other hand, such options are met with disapproval, and simple adherence to the clear constitutional provisions is judged to be the right course of action, then the first order of business would be to hold the chief executive himself accountable for his violations of our Constitution.

R.E. Wehrwein

New Ulm

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