Wow, we are living in unprecedented times with the COVID pandemic, demands for police reform, and severe political polarization. And now, tragically, Ruth Bader Ginsberg has passed away.
Ginsberg was an amazing person who spent her life serving society. When others would have been enjoying retirement, she worked tirelessly on the Supreme Court. But now, a new major battle is breaking out. Her replacement.
Let’s go back a few years shall we.
On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Scalia almost 9 months before the 2016 election, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow Garland to be considered saying it should wait until after the election. Let the people decide was the Republicans’ motto. As a result, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee was never considered. Donald Trump replaced Scalia after the 2017 inauguration. In doing this, the Republicans, by their own admission, set a precedent of not filling a Supreme Court vacancy during a presidential election year until after the inauguration.
Now we come back to the present.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has passed away less than 2 months from the election, yet Mitch McConnell made clear within hours of her death that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee would receive a vote before the inauguration. This goes against the precedent McConnell and Senate Republicans themselves set in 2016.
This is gross hypocrisy of the worst kind. They are breaking their own precedent in a clear effort to pack the Supreme Court no matter the cost. It is ethically and morally repugnant and reprehensible.
It’s time for everyone to speak out against this sickening moral bankruptcy. Contact Senators demanding they oppose any Supreme Court nomination until after the 2021 inauguration. Be sure to vote in Biden and a Democratic majority to both Chambers of Congress, especially the Senate. And also demand that if the Republicans get away with this outrage that the Democrats ensure a serious retribution, such as expanding the Supreme Court to regain balance.
This is a terribly serious situation with ramifications that will affect us for many years. The Republicans have gone too far. It’s time to oppose them in a major way and regain balance and decency in our government.