Hilbert Morales / EL OBSERVADOR

There are several important happenings since February 12, 2016! Pope Francis, the first Pope from the Americas, is spending five days visiting neglected areas of Mexico. The Democratic and Republican primary and Presidential debates and campaigns are a contrast…Democratic competitors Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are debating public policy issues with civility; Republican Candidates are not. Last Saturday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia died. There is now very evident racist “White Supremacy” overt declaration by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who declared, “This (U.S. Supreme Court) vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

Presidential campaigners immediately debated these developments.

Raul Lowry Contreras, commentator, wrote, “Absolutely no one in America is fooled by this raw Republican partisanship. If this was the last year of a Republican Presidency, McConnell would adamantly insist on a speedy replacement. The Senate must hold fair hearings; have an up-or-down vote on the nominee chosen by President Obama.

These circumstances created a profound conflict between the three branches of America’s government (executive, legislative, and judicial). The President is obligated per the (U.S.) Constitution’s Article II, Section 2, to nominate a successor to this U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and the Senate ‘gives advice and consent”. The Court has no say whatsoever in the process. It must accept whomever is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. This is an example of “Checks and Balances” built into the U.S. Constitution by America’s Founding Fathers (1776). Both President and Senate must do their respective jobs post haste.

These happening’ underscore why Latino voters are so important: “We, The People” must elect this coming Primary election Day, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 a new U.S. Congress (do your homework; do not re-elect those Senators or Representatives who are do-nothing obstructionists. Vote for negotiators who reflect your core values; willing compromisers when conducting the people’s business while trying to do the greatest good for the greatest number.

So, on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, plan to elect a new U.S. Congress. Then on Presidential Election Day, Tuesday, November 1, 2016 plan to elect a new President. Elect your choices. It is during these two scheduled election days that the voice of “We, the People” is exercised with comprehensive voter participation in this democracy. By casting your personal ballot, you become a constituent who counts as that elected official’s supporter. This is the process of peaceful change accomplished without violence, but rather by the exercise of informed choices acquired through your homework. America today needs governance that cares for all rather than the top 0.01%. This is why America has the potential of doing the greatest good for the greatest number on a global scale. Do not support those who thwart the democratic public policy decision making process.

This nation needs a new U.S. Congress which will not hinder the first woman to be elected President of U.S.A. should ‘We, the people” elect Hillary Clinton as the first woman CEO and CIC of this nation. The new U.S. Congress must not be intent on exercising its gender bias as the current U.S. Congress did all that was possible to obstruct the first African American President from being the CEO who cares for this nation’s people and the CIC who provided for this nation’s safety and security. Those obstructionists have experienced an effective President who exercised his executive authority under existing law to continue America’s global leadership in both governance and economic developmental activities.

Throughout America, we must be secure enough to practice the ideals enumerated in our U.S. Constitution. Recent expression of suppression of regligious practices are simply unlawful.

This 2016 election year is the people’s opportunity to express their core values. Issues to be adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court include the death penalty, a union’s ability to collect payment for its collective bargaining; the need to reform our law enforcement-judicial pipeline from school to prison, the reform of immigration and a woman’s right to decide her personal reproductive challenges. Do you want an ultra-conservative or an ultra liberal decision on these important public policy issues? Your vote will determine which will be the decision maker.