Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. Not even 24 hours later, it is not difficult to predict the impact on the American elections of 2020. As bad as it is already and with hope it couldn't get any worse, no ... The process is going to another level!
The body of this iconic liberal judge on our Supreme Court was barely cold and statements were already coming out about what the American people can expect.
Among them public statements have already been issued by President Trump that Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court will be nominated. And by Senate Majority Leader McConnell that this person will receive a vote on the floor of the U. S. Senate before Election Day.
Not surprising at all, in "weighing the odds" of success statements similar to my post's title are already coming out about the difficulty factor.
How bad is it going to get?
Let's get my foundational statement for the rest of my post out of the way:
The coming confirmation process
all about the
balance of power
balance of power
Hyperbole? Overstated? Well, dear reader, at least for the moment, we are still free to have our own individual opinions. Given all that has unfolded, in the "unprecedented" year of 2020, this is mine ...
In support, I will say very succinctly the reelection of Donald J. Trump was already about the balance of power. This untimely (?) event just takes what is at stake to a whole new level.
Two Key Elements of the "Fight"
For now, especially for the benefit of my readers who may have little to no idea about "what it all means," I will focus on two aspects of the American political process which will almost certainly be referred to over and over (and over) ...
- "They (Republicans ...) Can't Do That!" #1 - related to even starting the replacement process in an election year. This will be the initial "battle cry," in an attempt to intimidate any spineless Republicans to waiver in their resolve to simply fulfill their civil duty.
- "They (Republicans ...) Can't Do That!" #2 - If #1 fails and every conceivable tactic to obstruct progress succeeds in delaying the final outcome past Election Day, then a binding vote could still be made in the so-called "lame duck" period between Election Day and when the newly President and members of Congress are sworn into power in late January.
The "law of the land" of the United States of America is the U. S. Constitution. Neither of these elements are prohibited in it. So ... The truth is the Republicans have the power to do both.
Do the Republicans
have the courage
to do both?
have the courage
If Trump and McConnell follow through on their public statements, the ensuing "war" to delay, confuse, intimidate, etc. the outcome is all but guaranteed to set a new "low" in America's political history. The previous "lows" of the confirmation process for Robert Bork (which failed ...) and for Brett Cavanaugh (which succeeded ...) will be "blown away" ...
But @roleerob? The fact it will be about nominating and confirming a woman? Rather than a man? Won't that help? No! Part of the new "low" will be the levels of hypocrisy reached ...
May God help the woman named and her family. For the average person, I don't think we have any idea of the courage of conviction which will be required for them to get through what is coming.
What is the Truth? We live in a time when it seems the answer is supposedly based upon our "news" having "talking heads" relentlessly telling us, from their "talking points" what it is.
And from there, how many people "we" can drive out into the streets to scream it out. And resort to violence and destruction, to emphasize the "righteousness" of their claims.
Bottom line answer: The Truth is whatever "we" say it is!
Bottom line question: Do "we the people" believe that?
"We" (collectively) don't have long to wait, to find out.
The "Influencers" of who "Wins"
For now, I will focus on exactly one "influencer." And I am not talking about "peaceful protesters," on either side, who are willing to "take to the streets" to make their voices heard.
I am talking about those who have been paid to lead in carrying out acts of violence and destruction (under the insidiously evil banner of "Violence as a Form of Protest" ...). And agitate and stir up "useful idiots" to follow their example.
Source 2: Website post on "Unrest over George Floyd killing: 'Is this the end of the American dream?'"
The courage and the will to face this anarchy and lawlessness squarely and end it. In whatever way that is necessary. As quickly as possible.
Very sorry to say that, at least so far, it is a very sad spectacle to many, many Americans that "we" (collectively) seem to lack both. While political "points" can be and are being made that there are only "pockets" of this activity, in areas controlled by Democrats, I cannot imagine that is of any consolation whatsoever to my fellow Americans damaged by "our" refusal to deal with it quickly and decisively - no matter where it occurs!
Sadly, our human nature tends to focus on self preservation and "what is in it for us." If we wake up in the morning and all around us appears to be normal, what is our motivation to deal with issues like this one?
Does our affluence have any bearing on how we view this, i.e. as some form or buffer of protection? If that thought even enters our minds, what value does our money have if the world around us is burned to the ground?
Does it delay the inevitable? Yes, maybe. "Save" us, though? No ...
So ... What to do?
Here is one answer. For those who may seriously question whether the message on this well-intentioned protestor's sign is true?
For those so inclined, as I am, here is another!
The events of the next 6 weeks or so here in America are likely to be written about for many years afterwards, as to the effect they will subsequently have on the course of our nation into the future. And there will be "war" in determining who prevails in determining what that is going to be.
And what will be written?
The old saying, "History is Written By the Victors" has been attributed to Winston Churchill, the famed leader of Britain, at a time of their great national peril and the existential threats they faced in World War II. Who preceded Churchill in power? The infamous Nelville Chamberlain, who will forever be linked to his efforts to appease Adolf Hitler.
My point? Just think about it ...
While referring above to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as untimely, as others are already doing, I also questioned that assessment. I will close by saying a different way to look at this major event is that God has ordained it. I do not believe in "chance" or any derivative of the same idea. As this is not a faith-based post, I will leave it at that ...
In whatever manner one wishes to view the origins of this news, it is now right in front of us. And there is no escaping its impact on us all. Day-by-day we will experience what now unfolds, as a result, and together find out what it will come to represent for our future.
I’d love to hear any feedback you may be inspired to provide.
Until "next time," all the best to you for a better tomorrow, as we all work together to build up our Hive Communities and add increasing value to our Hive blockchain! 👍 😊
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P.S. I used the #america2020 tag on my associated American Elections 2020, Voter Fraud and Blockchain Technology post published on July 30th. I will use it again with this post and perhaps others may wish to use it as well.
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