The next few months in American politics will be turbulent and tempestuous to say the least. And rival political camps are now bracing for an all out war.
The stakes have been raised even higher because of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Otherwise lovingly referred to as the Notorious RBG. All those woke left wing liberals and blackademics (I see you Eddie Glaude) who though that it was cool to have a purity test for democratic presidential candidates, and who looked past Hillary Clinton in 2016 to vote for Jill Stein, will now see that elections have consequences. Republicans will now seize this moment, and they will stack the court with another young conservative giving them a three justice advantage in shaping American law for years to come.
For those of you who don’t understand power in America, it’s all about the Supreme Court. Those nine people, with their lifetime appointments, are the most powerful people in America. Presidents can’t serve more than eight years (although trump is trying to change that), and politicians in Washington have to come running back to you for your votes every two and six years respectively. The Supremes stay on until they die, or until they decide to retire. Sadly, for RBG, it was the former of the two.
The poor woman’s body was not even cold before Mitch McConnell, the second sleaziest man in America, decided that it was time to declare that he was giving whoever trump nominates to replace her a vote in the Senate. This just days before a presidential election. Remember Merrick Garland?
Democrats can save all their hand-wringing and whining, this is how politics work in America. They chose to be the nice guys with their feckless and incompetent leader, Chuck Schumer, who has now declared that nothing is off the table. News flash: Other than four republican senators flipping and saying that they won’t vote to nominate whoever the orange one selects, everything IS off the table. There is nothing he or anyone of those do- nothing democrats can do.
The republican party represents all those white people in America who see their country changing, and are terrified of what is to come. They see the writing on the demographic wall, and they know that if there were to be free and fair elections they would lose all of their power. Stacking the courts to ensure voter suppression, gerrymandering, and immigration restrictions is the only way that they will maintain power and the status quo. They can also count on a lazy and disengaged electorate, too busy watching Dancing With The Stars and trying to keep up with the Kardashians and Cardi B’s WAP to care.
You will now hear from the chattering class about what hypocrites the folks in the GOP are, how history will judge them poorly, and blah blah blah. The GOP doesn’t care, because for now, they have the power, and that’s all that matters. This is why they put up with trump and all the baggage that he brings, for moments like this. They can count on him to stack the court, and they can now control and put their judicial influence on the law for generations to come.
A woman’s right to do what she wants with her body? Gone. Voting rights protections for all Americans? Gone. Accessible and affordable healthcare? Gone. Protections from environmental hazards? Gone. Proper checks on gun regulations and safety? Gone. Protections for immigrants? Gone.
Let the games begin.