By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
A reader brought to my attention statements made by Peter Johnson Jr., the Fox News legal analyst. Johnson suggests that Republicans need to “recalibrate” immediately– and should consider Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee. Let’s examine this juridical travesty.
I have never been a “fan” of any particular news program or network. As such, I obtain my information from different sources (and in various languages)– without allegiance to any specific source.
I look for truth and facts.
We all know too well how the mainstream media lies and spins issues. Case in point: Fox News– which has been pitching itself as a “fair and balanced” news source for conservatives– appears to be the poster child of farcical conservatives hoodwinking their loyal “conservative” fans.
Peter Johnson Jr.’s position as a legal analyst for Fox News– and his connection with Roger Ailes, the Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, has placed Johnson on a privileged legal opinion pedestal.
Roger Ailes’s four-year contract with News Corp., is said to have been negotiated by Johnson for a reported amount of over $30 million annually. With this kind of money in play, it is obvious that Johnson is being given a strong platform on Fox News– but are “conservatives” paying attention to what Peter Johnson Jr., is saying?
I recently republished a piece I wrote on September 25, 2013 detailing the unanimous US Senate Republican confirmation of Todd M. Hughes, a liberal gay-activist judge nominated by Barack Obama. In my commentary I stated that we cannot trust the Republicans currently in the US Senate if they’re faced with Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Scalia. However, Peter Johnson Jr., seems to trust these Republicans who have let us down, time and again– as they fail to uphold authentic conservative values– not with words, but with deeds.
Please listen to the following audio recording of Johnson’s statements to Tucker Carlson on Fox (16 Feb. 2016). The transcript is also provided below. Johnson’s legal opinion reflects exactly what is wrong with the GOP:
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): I think there’re very few Republicans who want to see President Obama in his eighth year in office fill the ninth seat of the Supreme Court. The question is, as a tactical matter was it wise for the Senate majority leader to say we’re not even going to consider a nominee?
PETER JOHNSON JR.: No, I think the Republicans have to recalibrate immediately.
When you make a mistake, say you make a mistake. Part of the reason the outsiders are doing so well is that they’re disgusted with the Congress of the United States. Democrats and Republicans. And if you were a Republican leader to say we’re not going to count any nomination, any person that the president puts up, that’s a problem. They’re going to have a countdown and a clock as to the intransigence of the United States Senate going forward.
CARLSON: So you’re saying it would be wiser just to take a look at the nominees and then evaluate them and then turn them down if you don’t like them?
JOHNSON JR.: It is what I’m saying. In order to be true to conservative principles, in order to be true to the Constitution, in order to be true to the memory of Justice Scalia, then you say yes, Mr. President, send who you want to send over. We’re going to take a look at that man or woman, whoever you send, and we’re going to make a determination. Because you obviously have decided in spite of precedent, most precedent, you say in an election year that you want to force the issue. Fine. If you want to force the issue, then you will force the issue, and we in due time, just as you in due time making a nomination, will decide whether to consent to that nomination of a United States Supreme Court justice.
CARLSON: So they wouldn’t have to confirm the nominees.
JOHNSON JR.: The Republicans need to step it back at this point and say, listen, we’re going to grieve for Justice Scalia at this point, then we’re going to make a determination about where we are. There’s no line in the sand. My concern is, A. conservative principles, B. the Constitution and also the future of a two-party system. Where will the Republican party be two or three years from now when it is remembered that the Republican party said we would not — we would not even look at a nominee for the United States Supreme Court? It’s not smart. It’s not good for our future. It’s not good for our governance, and it’s not good for the notion that this government is responsive to the needs of the people. We need a Supreme Court with nine folks on it. It’s that simple. They need to step it back today.
There are those who simply want information poured into their brain by talking-heads on television. For such people, Fox News is the perfect source. But if you are a person who thinks and you are tired of being lied to or given half-truths– then it is time that you step outside the box– before individuals like Peter Johnson Jr., continue to “recalibrate” your conservative brain.
In spite of the onslaught of socialism and assault on our freedom of speech– thinking, after all, is still allowed.
It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.
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