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Sunday Letters: Stand up for your party, Republicans!

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 24:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) bows his head in prayer during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in honor of "the Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches who peacefully marched from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the denial of their right to vote," on Capitol Hill, February 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The medal was presented to Rev. Frederick Reese of Selma, Alabama, on behalf of those who marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 to spotlight the issue of voting rights. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It is clear President Obama has the right and responsibility to nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court.  When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell states he will not even consider the nominee, he not only is being irresponsible, he and his cohorts also are showing a total disregard for our democracy. Based on what is occurring in the primaries, the citizens of this country are collectively and loudly voicing their hatred for this obstructionist positioning. The Republican Party is imploding and these leaders are too caught up in their own hubris to see it. If they follow through on their refusal to vet the nominee, it will be just another nail in the Republican Party’s coffin.  I am grateful that we in Illinois have two senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk,  who are voices of reason.

Barbara Marion, Palos Hills

Well, this is a little disturbing: I agree with almost everything Mona Charen had to say Friday in her “Time to take down Trump” column. Too bad Charen felt the need to denigrate President Barack Obama and the Clintons  in the process. Petty. We all know Charen is an Obama-bashing Hillary-hater. She doesn’t need to wear the badge everywhere she goes. Otherwise, good job. It’s time for Republicans to stand up for their party!

Tony Galati, Lemont


 

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Coronating the Buffoon-in-Chief

Congratulations are in order after Thursday night’s Republican “debate.” Congrats to CNN for choreographing a protracted ratings draw and for the coronation of Donald Trump for Buffoon-in-Chief. Congrats to the Republican Party for proving that the ability to lead does not matter, just the ability to win. And congrats to both for validating Bernie Sanders’ call for a voters’ revolution. If not for the motivation to get out and vote, it would have been two hours of my life I will never get back. Congrats to all those who feel the same.

Greg Stone, Elgin

GOP hypocrisy

With the death of  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Barack Obama has the constitutionally-mandated task of nominating his successor.  But the Senate Majority Leader,  Republican Mitch McConnell, has said the president should  not nominate Scalia’s successor. Instead, he says, let the next president make the nomination, “allowing the American people to be heard.”

But the American people did speak — in 2008 and again in 2012 when they voted for Barack Obama to be president of the United States. He is president until his successor is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.   The president should not be obstructed by those whose motives are purely political and ideological. McConnell’s stand reveals the hypocrisy of those conservatives who claim to believe in “strict interpretation” of our Constitution.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows