Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. She was 87 years old and a 3 time cancer survivor. We thought she’d live forever. We hoped she’d live forever.
Her dying wish was that her seat not be filled until “a new president is installed.” Vulture Mitch McConnell could care less, of course. This is the moment he has been waiting for. 90 minutes after the news broke he put out a statement that said they’ll be voting on Trump’s pick soon. Then the Republicans partied like it was 1959.
The Senate hasn’t done anything on behalf of the American people since Trump was elected. In fact, they haven’t done much at all except pass a tax bill that takes the responsibility of paying taxes off of the rich and passing it on to the rest of us, packing the courts with conservative judges, and giving an impeached criminal president a get out of free jail card. The Republicans in the Senate have been silent since Trump started killing Americans with the Trump Plague, but they’re going to break that 7 month silence to turn back time by installing a third Supreme Court Justice which will turn the highest court in the land into a Republican Court.
Here comes the meanest, ugliest, sleaziest political fight in history.
“There’s not a person in the world who thinks Mitch McConnell will do the right thing here.” — Adam Parkhomenko
After Justice Scalia died 9 months before the presidential election in 2016, Mitch McConnell put out a much different statement — “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Republicans said they would leave Scalia’s seat open 4 or 8 years if Hillary Clinton won.
The new term for the Supreme Court starts in 2 weeks. It will open as a conservative court with only 3 progressive justices, 2 of them women. The best case scenario would be for 3 or more Republican senators to say they won’t vote so the “people have a voice” like in 2016. That would mean a conservative court for 5 months. The best case scenario would be that voter turn out was so huge that Joe Biden won and we turned the Senate blue. Then Biden can make his pick (he has already said he would pick a black woman.) That’s our only hope for not going back to 1959. If that doesn’t happen, the country will suffer monumental set backs in women’s rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights.
It’s on the people now. We’re the only ones who can save us. We’re stuck with Trump, Bill Barr, a do nothing Senate, and a conservative high court for a month and a half. We can’t screw this up.
10 minutes after the news broke Joni Ernst’s campaign sent out a fundraising email saying we must save the court from a liberal take over. This is red bloody warm meat for the power hungry Republicans. They’ll be gorging themselves on the flesh and blood of all of us if we don’t hand them a vegetarian meal on November 3.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy is the advancement of women’s rights. She said, “People ask me sometimes, ‘When will there be enough women on the court?’ And my answer, ‘When there are nine.’”
Her early feminist views and votes were radical at the time. We take them for granted now. If Trump gets his pick, we’ll lose them.
She wanted to retire in 2016 and have Hillary Clinton nominate her successor but she stayed on for the good of the country after Trump was elected. She never got to retire. She died in service to her country. Now it’s up to us.
“Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.” — Kerry Washington
“May her memory be a revolution.” — Amanda Litman
Election Day was yesterday in 7 states where early in person voting started. An awful lot of people turned out in Virginia and by the looks of the number of masks people were wearing it looks good for Democrats. Don’t get complacement though. Assume Joe Biden is behind by 15 points because he has to win in a landslide. Otherwise, Trump will contest the election.
While people stood in line to vote for hours this is what the “president” tweeted: Voting starts in Virginia TODAY, and we are going to WIN. You have a crazy Governor who wants to take away your guns, which he will do without me in office. He is in favor of executing babies after birth — this isn’t late-term abortion, this is a step way beyond! Vote for me I’m playing for your guns, and I’m playing for your values. For all the Federal Employees in Virginia, remember, it was me that got you the Federal Pay Raises, not Sleepy Joe Biden. I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon!
“If nothing else frightens you about a second Trump term, consider William Barr on the Supreme Court.” — Robert Reich
45 days until we get to vote
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