Thoughts from Maharrey Head #66: Trump and the Supreme Court

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People keep telling me I need to vote for Donald Trump because of Supreme Court justices. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about that.

If I care about the Constitution and limited federal power, I have to vote for Donald Trump no matter how bad he might seem because of the appointments the next president will make to the Supreme Court. Trump will appoint “good” judges who will protect our liberties and preserve the Constitution, but Hillary Clinton will appoint horrible judges who will shred the Constitution – so conventional Republican thinking goes.

The problem is Republicans don’t exactly have a sterling record when it comes to SCOTUS appointments. More than that, this whole line of thinking assumes the Supreme Court can somehow be salvaged to serve the Constitution.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why the I don’t think Supreme Court nominations are a legitimate reason to vote for Trump.

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3 Responses to “Thoughts from Maharrey Head #66: Trump and the Supreme Court”

  1. Chris VandergriffOctober 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Hello Mr. Maharrey,

    I enjoyed your podcast. It’s informative.
    I must disagree with some of the points raised in episode #66. Trump was not my first or second choice, but I do believe that my chances of getting better justices are increased by his election over Mrs. Clinton. I agree with your points as a long term fix. Unfortunatel, I also believe that particular rights like those protected under the Bill of Rights could be reinterpreted under a more leftist court. I accept that this fight is like crying over spilt milk, but it’s better than not attempting to clean it up. It will take time for change to take hold in the states. Until then, we need to put our finger in the dam. Unless you’re suggesting to push the country over the edge and hope to start over, we need to take every chance to slow the decay and attempt to fix it.

    • Michael MaharreyOctober 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Chris.

      I’m just not convinced that a court with a Hillary appointee or two is any more likely reinterpret rights to our detriment than a court with a Trump appointee or two. Certainly not to the degree that it is a paramount reason to vote for him. I think either way the Court will make decisions that expand government power and limit our rights. You seem to recognize the long-term strategy does not run through D.C. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t and one of my prime aims is to get people to stop fixating on D.C. I certainly can’t fault you for voting Trump if you feel like it might slow the roll toward the cliff a bit. I’m just not convinced.

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