This Sunday evening (Sept 20) I sit here searching for words that describe my emotional state because of the events of the weekend. Words like trying, saddened, dis-spirited, anger, thankful, even devastated.
The weekend began with my wife and I watching TV when the program was interrupted for a special news report: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died earlier that day. I was deeply saddened at her death as she truly was a person who believed all individuals, regardless of their wealth, race, gender or any other characteristic, had value and a right to be treated equally.
Yes, I was grieving, but also so thankful she lived among and with us for 87 years and led and pushed us to be a better people.
Then before the evening was out, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced he would see there would be a vote, before the end of President Trump’s term, on the Senate floor to confirm whomever was nominated to replace Justice Ginsburg.
The same Senator McConnell, who in 2016 would not let the nomination of Merritt Garland proceed “because it is an election year” and the people should have a voice in the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who died in Feb., 2016).
McConnell held up Garland’s nomination for months, yet now insists the replacement for Ginsburg must go forward when there are less than 50 days until the election. My reaction is America has lost her soul (or maybe she never had one and this is evidence of it). The feeling is devastating.
I am not sure if Senator McConnell is (1) just a man without honesty, integrity, morality, and ethics; (2) a man who’s been corrupted by power and money; or (3) a man who is a tool or agent for a foreign adversary.
The latter consideration enters my mind from knowing his efforts to bring a Russian owned manufacturing facility to Kentucky. My speculation is he (McConnell) is a mixture of (1) and (2).
McConnell’s two actions, in 2016 and 2020, tear at the fabric of American democracy and if carried out makes the Supreme Court a political football, rather than a respected impartial branch of government.
The events of Friday evening have overshadowed the rest of the weekend and spurred me to write both Kansas senators, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, exhorting them to demonstrate they are men of principle in that they agreed to the holding of Merritt Garland’s nomination until the 2016 election ballots were cast and the new president was inaugurated. I would hope they would do the same in the 2020 election.
Even though they have expressed they plan to vote on any nomination, I hope enough Kansans express to them a desire they withhold such a vote; one or both of them might change their minds. I can only hope they do so.