Missing Him Already

President Obama and Michelle Chicago Farewell

When I was in law school in Chicago, I’d see campaign signs now and then with an unusual African-sounding name … someone running for the state senate from the south side … I was always too busy to take notice of political candidates or get involved back then. All these years later, as he says his farewells in that city that first witnessed his incredible leadership, I am wistful and so grateful to have been witness and beneficiary to such a great president.

Let us not dismiss or gloss over integrity, leadership, and wisdom when it arrives in packages that are local, or unheard of, or non-traditional, and especially in our own better natures.

– Marybelle C. Ang

Officially Recognizing Filipino WWII Veterans

Asian-American Congressman Ted Lieu of California issued a strong and reasoned argument against the House Oversight Hearing on Former Secretary Clinton’s Emails

Rep. Ted Lieu CA-33

On Friday Representative Ted Lieu questioned FBI Director James Comey during an emergency Congressional hearing called with less than 24-hours advance notice. During his questions he explained why the House cannot and should not hold an emergency oversight hearing on Secretary Clinton’s email management. Based upon his experience as an Air Force prose-cutting attorney, Rep Lieu provided two reasons invalidating the hearings.

“The first of which is none of the members of this committee can be objective on this issue.”

“The second fundamental truth today about this hearing is that none of the members of this committee have any idea what we are talking about because we have not reviewed the evidence personally in this case.”

AAA-Fund is proud to support politicians from the AAPI community. Like Rep. Lieu, the AAPI community brings a wealth of experience to our representative government.

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Supreme Court Confirmation

Editor’s Note: Yujing Wang is a graduating senior from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland. She is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and plans to major in Political Science, with the ultimate goal of attending law school. Yujing has interned for Montgomery County’s State’s Attorney’s Office.

Gridlock in Washington fueled by increasingly polarized politicians may kindle the most prolonged Supreme Court confirmation in American history. The timing of this situation, in particular, adds a piquant dash of historical momentum because the longest wait for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed was exactly one century ago, in 1916. Justice Louis D. Brandeis was the first Jewish American to be nominated for the Supreme Court, so a 125 day wait resulted from religious controversy. The longest vacancy since the Supreme Court was set to nine justices is 391 days because President Nixon’s nominees were rejected for ambiguity in moral character. Not one of these exhausting delays occurred because the nomination occurred during a presidential election year. Today’s Republican controlled Senate claims that the new justice should be nominated by the next president since 2016 is a presidential election year. This theory has no precedent. Republicans, if acting in America’s interest, should not delay the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation.

America’s divided government has consistently agreed on Supreme Court nominees, even during presidential election years. In fact, from Oliver Ellsworth’s nomination in 1796 to current Justice Anthony Kennedy’s nomination in 1988, there have been fourteen justices who were nominated and approved during election years. So why the hissy fit right now? The truth is, Republicans are afraid of losing to the Democrats in both the presidency and Congress; therefore, they cannot afford to lose a conservative anchor on the Supreme Court. Republicans may rely on the Thurmond Rule which states that justices should not be accepted during the last six months of a presidency, but this rule has little integrity because it has been manipulated by both parties to their advantages. The Republican Party’s predicament is no reason to undermine America’s long-established judicial procedures.

Aside from a lack of precedent, dragging out the confirmation process will be detrimental to America because the current justices would most likely stalemate at 4-4 over difficult decisions. A stalemate on the Supreme Court would prevent it from resolving differences among the courts of appeals on a wide range of controversial legal issues and establishing national precedents in such areas as civil rights, immigration, abortion, and voting rights. Major legal questions that the Court would otherwise resolve will resurface in new cases and foster continuing uncertainty about the state of the law. We cannot afford to hamstring a major branch of government through unreasonably prolonged political maneuvering and gamesmanship.

For the APA community, the Republican resistance to a Supreme Court nominee is particularly objectionable. It is time for an Asian Pacific American to sit on the Supreme Court, and President Obama has a pool of eminently qualified APA jurists from which he may fill the vacancy. As a community, we have an unprecedented opportunity to add our voice to the highest level of a branch of government. Pending cases regarding immigration, affirmative action, voting rights, abortion, and so much more demand the perspective of an APA justice. We must seize this opportunity now and speak out against the Republicans’ resistance and push hard for an APA nominee.

A number of APA jurists would serve the country with great distinction if nominated and confirmed, including for example Sri Srinivasan, Jacqueline Nguyen, and Denny Chen. They have highly distinguished records, and based on merit and performance they should be confirmed without controversy. We call on President Obama to nominate an Asian Pacific American to the high court and the Republican-controlled Senate to give that nominee a fair hearing without concern for the presidential campaign.

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