In 1864 the Republicans held the presidency and the US Senate. A vacancy occurred on the Supreme Court that year. Rather than fill the seat during an election year, President Abraham Lincoln announced that he would defer nominating a replacement and allow the winner of the 1864 election to make the selection.
Today’s Republicans bear no resemblance to Abraham Lincoln, nor to the progressive party Lincoln helped create.
The Republican party was the left wing party when it was created in 1854. The Democrats were the conservative proponents of slavery and the status quo.
While today’s Democratic party is something less than progressive, the Republicans have become the party of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. And under Donald Trump, the party has become a personality cult dedicated to installing right wing judges at every level of the federal judiciary.
Democrat critics of the Republican Senate complain of the hypocrisy of refusing to grant Obama nominee Merrick Garland a hearing in 2016 when the death of Antonin Scalia created a vacancy on the Court ten months before the general election and this year trying to ram through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett less than a month before the general elections.
But it is not hypocrisy. Both are functions of raw political power. They are doing what they want to do because they have the power to do so.
Trump has appointed over 300 judges to the federal bench so far. The confirmation of Barrett will ensure that we have a right wing Court for decades to come.
The Republican Senate adopted rules that prevented Democratic Senators from filibustering Judicial confirmations.
Should the Democrats regain the Senate, they must exercise that political power to undo the damage that the Republicans have done.
The Democrats must abolish the filibuster, expand the Supreme Court, and appoint additional justices to ensure that the legacy of human rights and social justice championed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg be protected from a court majority of Neanderthal evangelicals.
Before the Armory came into being, I was publishing Notes on my Facebook profile which I called political grenades, weapons to be wielded in the war for animal rights. Those modest apothegms, aphorisms, and observations have grown to over thirty five hundred grenades and articles.
In addition to regular articles, the Armory has begun publishing Politically Incorrect, an ongoing, daily stream of grenades that I hope will be shared extensively.
Most will be provocative, all will be irreverent, many seditious, and each will be designed to hit people upside the head.
The purpose of the Armory is to challenge people to think, to question what they believe, to weigh what they value.
To question authority, society, law, government, religion, politics, and their own worldviews.
I believe the Armory to be the most radical and incendiary blog for universal rights to be found online. Its mission is to radicalize the animal movement and to advocate for socialist revolution.
You may not agree with me, as most do not, but you owe it to the animals to consider them in your own life and in your priorities.
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