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From Gary Cochran

By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

Dear Editor,

In my lifetime I have never seen the gridlock and partisan paralysis that consumes our government today. The entire process in Washington is broken. Our lawmakers need to be working together to find solutions to our decaying infrastructure, immigration, health care costs, jobs, etc. But that’s impossible with a dysfunctional Washington machine. This certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the American people.

They are angry, fed up, and tired of sending lawmakers to Washington and paying them to sit on their butts and do nothing. The current primary election process for POTUS is turned completely upside down. This is truly a crazy, unpredictable, and unprecedented time in American politics.

And now with the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, filling his vacancy is not just falling into gridlock, but presidential politics as well. Within an hour after Scalia’s death, Mitch McConnell said the Senate would not consider any appointment from President Obama. All of the Republican candidates running for president echoed the same sentiments. Senator Cruz predicted Doomsday for conservatives on a range of issues, including abortion, if Obama was permitted to replace Scalia. This remark is not only amusing but absurd. Roe vs. Wade is the most controversial and talked about decision handed down from SCOTUS in the last 40 years. Every election, abortion is a big issue. So since we are injecting politics into this issue again, here are the facts as to which party gave us the law.

On January 22, 1973, SCOTUS ruled in the affirmative by a 7-2 vote on Roe vs. Wade. The court at that time was made up of six Supreme Court Justices appointed by Republican Presidents and three appointed by Democratic Presidents.

Five of the Republican appointees voted in favor of Roe vs. Wade. Those voting for, and the President who appointed them, were: William Brennan (Eisenhower), Potter Stewart (Eisenhower), Harry Blackmun (Nixon), Warren Burger (Nixon), Lewis Powell (Nixon), William Douglas (Roosevelt), Thurgood Marshall (Johnson). Those voting against were William Rehnquist (Nixon) and Byron White (Kennedy).

This country is about “We the people” not “We the politicians.” We already have a dysfunctional Congress, and now it appears we are going to have a dysfunctional Supreme Court, at least until sometime in 2017. The American people are fed up with the gridlock, lies, and broken promises. It’s a sad state of affairs that our democracy is in. It appears that this year the chickens may be coming home to roost.

Gary Cochran

New Matamoras, Ohio