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With the death of Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and numerous other Republicans have responded by saying their devotion to the Constitution forces them to violate the Constitution by refusing to consider any Supreme Court nominee Obama will proffer. Marco Rubio stated, “We’re not moving forward on it. Period.”

The Constitution has never been so strongly shredded  by those most strongly supporting the Constitution. It takes us back down memory lane to the famous words of a major in the Vietnam War,  “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” (Aaahh, the fond memories of our wonderful Vietnam War.)

Of course, the night Obama was first elected, then-Senate Minority Leader McConnell announced that the major Republican goal was to prevent Obama’s re-election. They failed. Obama was re-elected in 2012 by 5 million votes. The Republican’s fall-back position is to limit Obama’s two terms to seven years, not eight. He is apparently not supposed to carry out any of his constitutional duties during his final year in office. Anything he does will be viewed as either illegal or an overreach of presidential powers.

McConnell now says, “The American people should have a voice in naming the next Supreme Court justice.” President Obama has already been given that voice in 2012 by a huge majority.

Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls

Correction: An earlier version of this letter attributed the quote “We had to destroy the village in order to save it” to Lt. William Calley regarding the My Lai Massacre. That quote is attributed to an unnamed major regarding fighting in the city of Ben Tre in Vietnam.