Conservative Leaders Back Senate GOP in Supreme Court Fight

'The American people deserve to have their voice heard in the process'

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March 15, 2016

A conservative group led by President Ronald Reagan's attorney general voiced its opinion on Tuesday that Senate Republicans are doing the right thing by blocking President Barack Obama from filling the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Conservative Action Project (CAP), led by former attorney general Edwin Meese III, wrote in a memo that the "American people deserve to have their voice heard in the process" of setting the direction of the court.

"The American people deserve to have their voice heard in the process," writes CAP. "President Obama wants to deny the American people that choice."

CAP argues that Senate Republicans, who have held strong on the position that they would not hold a hearing on any nominee put forward by the White House, are doing the right thing.

"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," it writes. "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."

At stake in this battle, according to the group, is the very existence of the freedoms promised to Americans in the Bill of Rights.

"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," the group says.

Furthermore, they charge that Obama and his allies are attempting to use the Supreme Court as a weapon in the liberal "cultural war."

"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," it says.

The letter was signed by more than 100 conservative leaders and CAP hopes that the list of signatories continues to grow as the memo is circulated.

"We will continue to collect signatures and release updated versions of this memo, as necessary," wrote CAP chairman Becky Norton Dunlop, who also worked in the Reagan administration. "The material contained in the Memos provides important information and we are interested in it being shared widely to have a more well-informed citizenry."