Death of the Supreme Court
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy [after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia] should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, February 13, 2016
My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
— Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg —Her deathbed wish just before finally succumbing to cancer on September 18, 2020
The not unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg represents much more than the death of a single Justice. This woman, this jurist…this unabashedly “liberal”-to-”progressive” champion of both women’s and black peoples’ civil and human rights, was one of the very last bulwarks standing between Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s complete and absolute domination of this nation-state’s political, economic, social and cultural direction for the foreseeable future.
Justice Ginsburg’s death clears the way for outright right-wing, “conservative” control of all of our futures, from those people being born just today under the aegis of Donald Trump to those of us, like myself, who were born when the President of the United States was a nondescript former haberdasher named Harry S. Truman.
GOP Hypocrisy on Sterioids
With Justice Ginsburg’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now positioned and poised to ram through the Senate confirmation process any Republican lawyer (young, old, male, female) whom Trump is likewise positioned and poised, indeed chomping at the bit, to nominate within the next few days — certainly before Election Day on November 3.
The McConnell-Trump nomination will occur, of course, despite the hard and unavoidable fact that this selfsame Majority Leader absolutely and categorically refused to even consider former President Obama’s last choice for the Court, arguing that no president should be allowed to name a Justice within the waning months of a presidential election year. “Let the people decide,” he brayed.
Recently, hypocritically, McConnell, however, has changed his “position,” saying that consideration of Supreme Court nominees is no longer dependent on the timing of said nomination, but on whether the parties of the nominator (the president) and the confirmer (the Senate) are controlled by the same or different parties.
And, according to McConnell, since Obama was a Democrat and the Senate was run by the GOP, well…we can’t have that, now can we?
Wink, wink…nod, nod.
This new and innovative rationalization for stacking the Supreme Court with a six-to-three GOP majority will make perfect sense to any and all Republican apparatchiks. Just as did their acquiescence to McConnell’s “reasoning” and denial back in 2016 as to Obama’s pick of “moderate” federal Judge Merrick Garland made perfect sense.
To date, and throughout this disastrous Trump regime, McConnell has ramrodded through the Senate more than 200 right-wing, and in many, many cases, obviously and clearly unqualified — except as to their “conservative” bona fides — young reactionary federal judges. The youth of these people is important because federal judges are appointed for life.
‘President’ Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s Only Option
With less than six weeks before the November 3 election, it is imperative that the Democratic Party get its act together.
All arguments against Democratic Party contenders Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are now passé, and indeed self-destructive. Sure, there is really very little that the Democrats can do politically to stop either the nomination or confirmation of yet another Trump-McConnell young right-wing troglodyte Supreme Court Justice before November 3. It takes only a simple Senate majority to confirm such an appointment. And the Republicans control the Senate.
There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the High Court to consist of only nine members. A President Biden and a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would control and determine the composition of all federal courts including the Supreme Court; and, together with a Democratic-controlled Senate, they may, in tandem, increase the number of federal judges, again, including Supreme Court justices, to any number they choose. Thirteen sounds about right.
Black People and the Death of Justice Ginsburg
If black people, brown people, red people, yellow people, and those white people who can get passed their racist proclivities — all must vote on or before November 3 as though their very lives depend on this vote — because it does. That is to say, that if we don’t vote, and, yes, if we lose this election, then we will have lost everything our ancestors fought and died for. We will lose our children’s and grandchildren’s future.
Yes, this death is devastating. But we have faced and stared down and risen from all manner of devastation many times before. We have survived even when we should not have survived. We have thrived even when we should not have thrived. We have overcome odds and obstacles that no other people on this earth have had to even consider.
But this time is different. Black people face perhaps the final and most serious existential period of our entire forced sojourn in this land. That is to say that if “white” people are successful in “re-electing” Donald Trump to presidency, it will signal the end of black America as we know it. No? If you think the cops already have carte blanche against black people, Trump will unleash them wholesale, will sic them on our neighborhoods and communities in ways reminiscent of Hitler’s “treatment” of European Jews in the 1930s and ‘40s.