Sen. Chuck Schumer Laments Invoking of Nuclear Option by Democrats in 2013

Someone once told me that actions, good or bad, have consequences.  When someone engages in a bad action, it can sometimes come back to bite one in the backside.  Evidently, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is understanding this proverb because he acknowledged the mistake in a CNN interview, as reported by Breitbart.

Speaking in a CNN interview, Schumer stated, “I wish it hadn’t happened,” referring to the triggering of the nuclear option by then Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that decreased the number of votes needed to approve cabinet and Supreme Court members down to 51 from the normal of 60.

Schumer continued.

I argued against it at the time. I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60, because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship. I won on Supreme Court, lost on Cabinet. But, that’s what we have to live with now.

If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.  President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.

Republicans currently hold a majority over Democrats — 52 to 48, which means Republicans do not need one single Democratic vote in the Senate to confirm any Supreme Court or Cabinet nominee made by Donald Trump.  However, this is dependent on Republicans banding together in support of Trump and his “Make America Great Again” platform.  Many Republicans have already declared their unwillingness to work with Trump, even though these same Republicans bowed down to Hussein Soetoro in giving the king wannabe almost everything he wanted.

While Schumer calls the Trump cabinet “rigged,” Schumer was eerily silent on the “affirmative action” Hussein Soetoro appointees to his Cabinet, the Supreme Court, and heads of government agencies and departments.  For those who question the “affirmative action” description of these nominees who were later confirmed by the Senate, the explanation is simple — the individuals were chosen for reasons other than their skill, knowledge or expertise, but for reasons such as race, religious affiliation, political platform/agenda, and/or sexual orientation.

Take a look at the Supreme Court picks of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.  At the time of Kagan’s nomination, it was reported that four Harvard students confirmed Kagan as a lesbian, with CBS airing the revelation.  CBS even touted Kagan as the “first openly gay justice,” but had their wings clipped by the Hussein Soetoro administration.  Multiple outlets indicated that Kagan had not argued a case before a judge — not even one so simple as a traffic ticket.

Suspicions around Sotomayor’s sexual orientation were questioned with one individual intimately familiar with the Second Circuit Court in Chicago intimates Sotomayor as a closet lesbian.  The individual, Andy Martin, stated that both opponents and supporters of gay marriage deserved to know whether Sotomayor’s secret life harbored any disqualifying bias on such a controversial issue.  Moreover, Martin suggested that Sotomayor’s secret life would expose her to blackmail, conceal an unstable personality structure and place an individual upon the Supreme Court who had a “secret agenda.”

Where was Schumer on his opposition to a “rigged, affirmative action” Supreme Court nomination of two extreme liberal homosexuals who had little judicial experience or accomplishments to warrant serving on the highest court in the united States?  Kagan and Sotomayor, along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg refused to recuse themselves when the issue of homosexual marriage came before the Supreme Court.  Ginsburg had officiated a homosexual wedding.  Kagan is a known lesbian and Sotomayor is questionable on being a lesbian;  however, her life suggests it is a possibility.  The refusal to excuse based on biased opinion is unethical and grounds for impeachment.

How many Muslims has Hussein Soetoro appointed to key government positions?  How many Muslim Brotherhood members/operatives have served or are serving in the Hussein Soetoro administration?  How many Muslim sympathizers were confirmed?  Schumer kept eerily silent on this type of “rigging” and “affirmative action” appointments.

Let’s not forget gun control proponents Eric Holder, former Attorney General, and Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy.  Holder became the first black individual to hold the office and quickly politicized the Justice Department by making it’s number one job to protect and defend blacks to the exclusion of all others.  His Justice Department was knee deep in the Fast and Furious scandal and cover-up resulting in his being held in contempt of Congress.  Holder has not been held accountable for any action and has skirted any punitive actions.  During Senate committee hearings, he continually played the race card and enforced the law unequally with extreme bias.

Vivek H. Murthy became the youngest Surgeon General at 37 years of age when he was confirmed by the Senate.  His greatest professional accomplishment before becoming Surgeon General was his reputation as an excellent physician organizer.  He has never practiced as a traditional physician, only served as a hospitalist — “a type of doctor who performs inpatient shift work, taking care of patients in a non-ICU setting on a floor with medical patients.”

The popularity of hospitalists has increased dramatically in the last two decades, but they tread an insulated path. They don’t endure the rigors of managing a medical practice. They don’t have an office where they see their own patients. They don’t pay their own personal malpractice (the hospital covers that) and they may not even know how much it is. They rarely interact with insurance companies to obtain approvals, process claims, or fight denials of payment. They have fixed hours and don’t generally need to stay past their shifts. They are salaried. They don’t take calls at home regarding any patients. They don’t need to return to the hospital in the middle of the night for emergencies. Hospitalists provide the optimal role for someone like Murthy, who is trying to establish a career outside traditional primary care. 

In other words, Murthy had little experience on actual health issues concerning Americans today since he only dealt with individuals who presented for care in a hospital setting.

Two years out of residency, Murthy flashed his political colors. He co-chaired the advocacy group Doctors for Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Shortly after the inauguration in 2009, this body of 16,000 physicians changed its moniker to Doctors for America, an organization with the stated goal of improving health-care access. 

Murthy established early on his support for gun control through a series of posts on Twitter, but backpedaled during the confirmation hearings to declare he would not use his position to push for gun control.  He does, however, view violence as a public health issue instead of a breakdown in society issue.  His rational is that large numbers of individuals who die to a preventable cause is automatically a public health issue.  It appears Murthy believes violence to be preventable, which in some cases it might be but not so in others.  To date, no surgeon general nominee has had a record of activism.

Again, Schumer was eerily silent on Murthy, who had virtually no experience in traditional medical practice and who seemed more interested in activism than patients or health issues of Americans.

Considering the other nominees made by Hussein Soetoro and confirmed by the Senate, Susan Rice declared government agencies as “too white” calling the national security workforce as “white, male and Yale” and accusing the workforce of “groupthink.”  In other words, she looked through “race colored glasses” at government.  She even declared numerous scandals involving the White House and Hussein Soetoro as “false controversies.”  However, Rice had deep connections within the Democratic Party and considered a “party elite.”

Loretta Lynch, Hussein Soetoro’s appointee to the post of Attorney General after Eric Holder resigned, was not without controversy.  And, like Susan Rice, viewed the united States through the same “race colored glasses” and the throws of racism and anti-semitism.  Lynch belonged to the Black Law Students Association while a student at Harvard.  The student group brought Jew-hating Palestinian terrorist yearly to the university.  The student group of which Lynch was a member denied Jewish students participation in a campus forum featuring a representative from the Palestinian Liberation Organization.  And, Lynch has been a proponent of punishing freedom of speech when that speech is offensive, bigoted and angry, especially against Muslims.  These types of comments are still protected under the First Amendment as speech that is liked as well as disliked is protected.

Certainly there are plenty more to discuss;  however, these examples have made the point.  Where was Schumer on Rice and Lynch, whose very biased public comments and questionable associations would seem to exclude these individuals from holding offices that should be bipartisan?  Since when has Schumer cared about any Democrat keeping campaign promises, when all  politicians break their campaign promises as soon as they take their oath of office.  And, Schumer cared not about the “rigged affirmative action” appointees of Hussein Soetoro because the Oval Office was occupied by a Democrat.  It’s another example of hypocrisy.

While Schumer may have argued against the “nuclear option,” his Democratic colleagues shortsightedly used it as a weapon to exert power and control in order to pass legislation they supported and push through the “affirmative action” appointees.  Of course, Schumer will expect Republicans to “take the high road” and ignore the nuclear option governing the Senate and stick to the required 60 votes to confirm appointees made by Trump.  But, Schumer should stop bemoaning the option since he shouldn’t have any problem getting 3-12 RINOs to join the Democrats in opposing Trump appointees.




About Suzanne Hamner

Former professional Registered Nurse turned writer; equal opportunity criticizer; politically incorrect conservative;
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