My work schedule is prohibiting me from watching the Supreme Court confirmation hearings. I can’t help but wonder how many of the #BernieOrBust or #Demexit crowd are watching, as at some level they are to blame.
I began as a Bernie backer, I phone banked, and even attended a march/rally/concert. But after the convention, I knew that my energy needed to go into defeating Trump. As someone old enough to remember the election of 2000, I remembered that one of its aftermaths was Bush being able to select a justice to the Supreme Court. We are feeling the effects of that today; Citizens United, Hobby Lobby, Heller, Shelby v Alabama.
What decisions will we see if Trump’s choice gets confirmed. A recent article in The Nation by former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold may lay out the stakes. Further efforts to erode the power of labor and increase the power of corporations. Making it harder for urban minorities, women and youth to vote. Continuing to expand the rights of both police and citizens to use lethal force, often against people of color. Denying access to women’s reproductive rights.
And how many Sanders or Stein supporters will be willing to resist?