I always love the Masters Tournament at Augusta, the first major golf tournament each year. Augusta is a beautiful and magical place, created from the dream of the greatest golfer ever, Bobby Jones, who teamed up with the greatest golf course designer ever, Alister MacKenzie. Mary Beth and I were thrilled to get to walk the course during a Masters Tournament practice round several years ago.
Since last year I also love watching Jordan Spieth play the game of golf. The Masters started yesterday and Jordan Spieth is the tournment leader at 6 under. He won the Masters last year, leading the tournament from wire to wire. That means Spieth has now led the Masters tournament for 5 straight rounds, an amazing achievement. Jordan is a very mature (an old soul), grounded and talented young man who is also an incredible competitor. I believe Spieth is one of the greatest golfers to come from Texas since the great Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Stay tuned, it will be an unbelievable achievement if Jordan Spieth wins the Masters two years in a row.
Do Your Job!
President Obama has nominated the Hon. Merrick B. Garland to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. Republican Senators have vowed that they will not conduct hearings until after a new President is sworn into office in 2017. Here is what Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says: The President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint … judges of the Supreme Court….”
The job of the President is to nominate and appoint Supreme Court Justices. The job of the Senate is to give advice and consent regarding the appointment of Supreme Court Justices. The President has done his job. Now the Senate needs to do its job.
We elect our representatives to do the job they were elected to do. In recent years both political parties, in my opinion, have been equally guilty of putting politics first instead of doing their job when it comes to the appointment of Federal judges. When one party holds the Presidency and has the power to appoint, if the other party controls Congress they have done everything they can to block, delay and hinder the appointment process. This is not the process our Founding Fathers set forth in our Constitution. When our representatives engage in such political grandstanding they are not doing their job.
We need elected representatives who are focused on solving problems, not on getting perceived political benefits. American citizens should demand and require one thing from each of our elected representatives, regardless of their political party: do your job!
Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
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