There are many reasons to support Hillary Clinton for President in 2016. Three reasons to back Hillary’s candidacy are her experience, the policies she’ll stand for, and the thirteen announced Republican candidates.
But this post is about an equally important reason to support Hillary that became ever so evident this week. The U.S. President nominates Supreme Court Justices. And Heaven forbid what could happen if that power gets in the wrong hands.
The 9 Justices on the Court have a supreme power to affect the laws of our land, the freedoms we deem important and the policies that govern our daily existence.
As any school kid (except former Texas Governor Rick Perry) knows, the Legislative Branch passes laws, the President (Executive branch) enforces laws and the Judicial branch interprets laws to judge if they are constitutional.
This week the Supreme Court ruled, by twin 5-4 votes, on two highly contentious decisions. First, they upheld the subsidies for low- and middle-income Americans who use the federal marketplace under Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act.
Had the constitutionality of Obamacare not been approved, over eight million Americans who couldn’t afford healthcare would have lost their coverage. And Americans with preexisting conditions would be precluded from buying heath insurance.
Obamacare is far from perfect. But without it, millions of Americans would get sicker and die and others would bankrupt their families’ future because of the exorbitantly high cost of healthcare without insurance.
In another vote this week, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, upholding freedom and equal protection under the law for all Americans, regardless of sexual preference. Now, gays and lesbians are free to marry without prejudice or discrimination. Hopefully.
It’s not like the Republican party had any better ideas on healthcare or gay rights. And that’s the problem. ”Just say No” may have been a clever catchphrase for Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaign, but it’s a lousy way to run a country.
Whoever gets elected President in 2016 may very well have to nominate a replacement for any retiring, ill or deceased Supreme Court Justice.
So unless you believe we should roll back regulation of the environment because “there’s no such thing as global warming,” that we should send immigrants “back where they came from” rather than grant them some type of appropriate legal status” or that “women shouldn’t be in control of their own bodies,” then elect a champion who will stand up for what is fair, helpful, economically progressive.
After all, the President will potentially nominate the new Supreme Court justices during her term, if needed. And that’s just another reason to make Hillary your choice for U.S. President