The Constitution of the United States is under assault. It must be defended.
Republican members of the Senate have launched an attack on the very foundation of the Constitution - the integrity of the three equal but separate branches of the federal government. Their declaration that they will not vote on any nominee from President Obama to fill the vacancy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a criminal offense that must be met immediately with vigorous legal challenge.
The President of the United States has a constitutional duty to nominate candidates for the Supreme Court. The Senate of the United States has a constitutional duty to affirm those Supreme Court appointments. There is no lawful procedure to prevent a presidential appointment.
President Obama has pledged to fulfill his duties and nominate a candidate. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republican Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley have declared they will block any and all presidential nominations until after the 2016 presidential election. That declaration is unprecedented and unconstitutional.
The Republican party, immediately after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, declared that their number one mission was to obstruct Obama's presidential agenda, regardless of what he proposed or how it would benefit the nation. That obstruction was also unprecedented. It was a declaration of a party that they had no intention of actually governing, but of only thwarting liberal/progressive policies.
It is one thing to decimate the agenda of an opposing party with political maneuverings. It is quite another to actually thwart the Constitution by refusing to carry out one's constitutional duties.
Republican Senators, in refusing to honor their oaths of office, have abdicated their positions and abused their power. At the very least, this anti-American action is grounds for impeachment. At its worst, it borders on treason.
President Obama will put forth a qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. At the first moment of obstruction by the Republican-controlled Senate, the Constitution needs to be defended in the halls of Congress and federal courts of law.
A coalition of voters, perhaps led by the American Civil Liberties Union, must bring a lawsuit against the Republican party in the appropriate federal court, calling for the resignation of any and all Senators declining to carry out their duties to affirm Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
House Democrats should begin impeachment proceedings against McConnell, Grassley and any other Republican Senator refusing "to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
President Obama should petition the Supreme Court to immediately consider and redress the constitutional crisis predicated by this Republican-controlled Congress.
What Senate Republicans have pledged to do, prevent a sitting president of the United States to carry out his duties, is unlawful, unconstitutional and just plain un-American. The Constitution of the United States is under assault. It must be defended.