No Obama Judicial Nominee, Period

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ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson is among more than 100 leaders who signed The Conservative Action Project’s just-released Memo for the Movement entitled Senate Republicans Are Resolute: Let the People Speak.

March 15, 2016
Washington, DC

Last month our country lost a great American and a great jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia.

The country barely had time to absorb that loss when we were forced to confront the prospect of President Obama filling that Supreme Court vacancy and creating a liberal majority on the Court.

This would be an unprecedented shift in the direction of the Court undertaken at a time when the entire country is embroiled in the most contentious presidential campaign in modern history. Government in Washington is divided and dysfunctional. The American people are going to the polls in November to select a new president and a new Congress. They should also have a say in the direction of the Court.

Senate Republicans have announced that they will exercise their constitutional advice and consent authority and refuse to consent to any Obama nominee. The American people deserve to have their voice heard in the process. We applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), for promising not to hold a hearing on any nominee.

President Obama wants to deny the American people that choice. And no wonder. He has already made two extreme liberal appointments to the Court and if given a third he will have succeeded in decisively changing the current balance of the Court. A liberal majority will rule for decades.

Let there be no mistake about it: President Obama will nominate a liberal to this vacancy. Press leaks about potential “moderate” candidates should be interpreted as simply misdirection from the White House.

The president and his liberal allies know what is at stake and so do we. It is nothing short of their intent to eradicate precious constitutional rights. These leftists have made clear their first target is our 1st Amendment right to political speech and the silencing of conservative voices. They mock the 2nd Amendment right of the people to protect themselves and their families and are determined to take away our constitutional right to bear arms. They welcome the prospect of unleashing unaccountable federal agencies like the IRS and EPA to impose a liberal policy agenda that will harm Americans and punish any who dare to disagree with their worldview. And not least of all, they vow to use the Court’s power to impose an “unconditional surrender” in their cultural war against our fundamental institutions of faith, family, marriage, home, and school —- and will wipe out any pro-life protections, instead imposing abortion on-demand, up to the moment of birth, paid for by the taxpayers.

We are facing a national constitutional crisis. Senate Republicans have recognized the stakes and have acted accordingly. As conservatives, we strongly support them and their principled stand in favor of the Constitution. And we are all too aware of the negative assault that is coming against the Republican Senators as the national media throws its collective liberal weight against the GOP efforts to allow the American people to play their rightful role in the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice.

We are committed to acting with the same unity the GOP Senate has demonstrated to date in order to bring these issues to the forefront, to make clear to the American people what is at stake and to rally our fellow citizens to the cause of saving the Constitution.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan


Ali Akbar
Senior Advisor
Black Conservatives Fund

Anthony Allen
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Sharron Angle
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Ellen L. Barrosse
RNC Conservative Steering Committee

Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Kimberly Bellissimo
Founder and CEO, ForthRight Strategy
Board Member, American Conservative Union

Andresen Blom
Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Adam Brandon
President and CEO

Herman Cain
President and C.E.O.

Susan Carleson
Chairman and CEO
American Civil Rights Union

Charles J. Cooper
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

Chuck Cushman
Reagan Parks Advisory Board Appointee
President, American Land Rights Association

Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)
Civitas Institute

Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. James C. Dobson
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk

Tom Donelson
Americas PAC

Dr. Larry Eastland
Former Staff Asst to the President
President Gerald Ford

Sheri Few
President, United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE)

Kevin D. Freeman
NSIC Institute

Frank J. Gaffney
Center for Security Policy

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Donna Hearne
Chief Executive Officer
Constitutional Coalition

Todd W. Herrick
Chairman of the Board
Herrick Foundation

David Keene
Opinion Editor
The Washington Times

Patrick S. Korten
Former Director of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Justice

Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.
VP & Legal Director, National Right to
Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.

Wiles K. Lee
Executive Vice President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Curt Levey
Executive Director
FreedomWorks Foundation

Matt Mackowiak
Executive Director
Fight for Tomorrow

Christopher N. Malagisi
Young Conservatives Coalition

Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization

Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder & President
Tea Party Patriots

Bradley Mattes
Life Issues Institute

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Jerry Melvin
Florida Republican Assembly

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner, LLP

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Melissa Ortiz
Founder & Principal
Able Americans

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Allen Roth
Secure America Now

Anthony Saliba
Saliba Venture Management

Phyllis Schlafly
Founder and Chairman
Eagle Forum

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Carrie Severino
Judicial Crisis Network

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
Home School Legal Defense Association

Mathew D. Staver, Esq., B.C.S.
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

Forest Thigpen
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

William L. Walton
Vice President
Council for National Policy

Allen Whitt
Family Policy Council & Family Policy Institute

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project, Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

Gary Aldrich
CNP Action, Inc.

Art Ally
Timothy Plan Mutual Fund Family

Diana L. Banister
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

E. Calvin Beisner
Founder & National Spokesman, The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Incorporated

Kenneth F. Boehm
National Legal and Policy Center

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism

Frank Cannon
American Principles Project

The Honorable Bruce Chapman
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Discovery Institute

Lou Cordia
Cordia and Associates

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Counselor
U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List

Midge Decter
Author and Journalist

The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Former Director
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

John Dodd
Jesse Helms Center

Elaine Donnelly
Founder and President
Center for Military Readiness

Tricia Erickson
Angel Pictures & Publicity

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Sandra S. Froman, Esq.
Council for National Policy

Alan Gottlieb
Founder and Executive Vice President
Second Amendment Foundation

Kristan J. Hawkins
Students for Life

Allen J. Hébert
American Chinese Fellowship

Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D.
President and CEO
National Religious Broadcasters

Kevin Kookogey
President and Founder
The Advancing Church

Andrea Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition

Adam Paul Laxalt
Nevada Attorney General

Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute

Dr. Herbert I. London
London Center for Policy Research

Michael C. Maibach
Co-Chair & Founder
Alexandria Republican Roundtable

Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government

Sherri R. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Gary Marx
Former Executive Director
Judicial Crisis Network

Tom McClusky
Vice President
March for Life Action

The Honorable David McIntosh
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Indiana

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Former Director of OMB
President Ronald Reagan

Shawn Mitchell
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Sean Noble
American Encore

Grover Glenn Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

William W. Pascoe, III
Antietam Communications

The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Dr. Don Racheter
Vice-Chairman, Iowa Second Congressional
District Republican Party

The Honorable Edward J. Rollins
Former Assistant to President Reagan

Ronald D. Rotunda
Professor of Jurisprudence
Chapman University

Joel Anand Samy
Co-Founder and President
International Leaders Summit

Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union

Tommy Sears
Independent Consultant

Kelly Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO & Chief Counsel
First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Mike Spence
Conservative Republicans of California

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Peter J. Thomas
Americans for Constitutional Liberty

Richard A. Viguerie

Edward Whelan
Ethics and Public Policy Center