As debate ensues over whom will replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia since his death last month, President Obama already picked his nominee for the vacant seat: Democratic court judge Merrick Garland.
Democrats claim that supporting Garland would be House Republicans’ best shot at having a “safe” leader in the Supreme Court who benefits them. However, despite his reputation in the mainstream media as “moderate” or “centrist”, Garland’s record proves him dangerously left of the political spectrum, to the point that he is said to agree with liberals on practically every fundamental issue.
Garland’s support for the leftist agenda began as early as his years as a Harvard student leader during the Vietnam war, where he pushed a referendum that could keep the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) off his school’s campus. Garland served as a moderator for a student-faculty committee in October 1973, when he asked the committee to formally debate on a campus-wide vote on whether Harvard should allow ROTC to return or be banned from campus.
The referendum was pushed under pressure from a notoriously radical leftist group called the New American Movement (NAM), which was at the time heavily opposed to the war in Vietnam and later merged to form the Democratic Socialists of America. The school administration had responded favorably by signaling it intended to keep the ROTC ban in place; the ban was finally lifted in 2012.
Senate Republicans were mocked incessantly over the past two weeks for expressing their displeasure with the President’s nominee, and in some cases dismissed as unanimous Trump supporters for doing so. With regard to his push for a referendum on an ROTC ban, the Boston Globe attempted to preserve Garland’s “centrist” reputation Saturday by claiming he had “never passed judgment on the underlying question of the referendum, only whether the question should be asked.”
However, it was expected that based on the surge of protests and student activism at Harvard opposing the Vietnam war, a referendum on the issue would overwhelmingly favor keeping ROTC out of Harvard. Garland had advocated for a referendum knowing that it would likely result in favor for the ban, a petition from NAM supported it. Garland refused to comment on the issue for the Globe.
If appointed to the Supreme Court, Garland will most likely not be a centrist or favorable to Republicans in any way. Garland is not a centrist now as a pending Obama nominee, and was not a centrist 40 years ago as a military-denying Harvard student. Liberals who claim Garland is a centrist often contradict themselves in their own pieces, as the Globe did.
As Dennis Prager pointed out for National Review, on the very same day the New York Times began calling Garland a “centrist,” it published an article noting, “If Judge Garland is confirmed, he could tip the ideological balance to create the most liberal Supreme Court in 50 years.”