Manchin surprises former delegate

During my 34 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, I had the honor to serve with many state legislators, including Joe Manchin.

During those years in the 1980s and 1990s, he seemed to operate in a non-partisan fashion generally representing the conservative values of our state. It is most disappointing to see him now aligning with the far left that has become the new Democrat party with his possible vote against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

According to our U.S. Constitution, we elect the president for a four-year term, not a 3-1/2 year term. This is precisely spelled out in Article II, Section I of the Constitution. According to the 20th Amendment, for Trump that four-year term began at noon on Jan. 20, 2017.

Manchin seems to have forgotten about the four-year term provision. We do not expect the president to stop doing his job just because it is an election year, just as we do not expect Manchin, elected to a six-year term, to stop voting and doing his job after 5-1/2 years. There is nothing in the Constitution that states how fast the party controlling the Senate must act in approving appointments.

The president the voters elect or re-elect Nov. 3 will take office Jan. 20, 2021, including four full years to make judicial appointments.

Please send Manchin a copy of the U.S. Constitution and highlight these two relevant sections. Also, remind Manchin that the courts do not set policy. That is done by the legislative branch where Manchin serves.

John Overington


WV House of Delegates (1985-2019)



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