REASON 05: Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.
In 2008, when a number of my friends (including my mother) were disappointed not to have Hillary
Clinton as the first female party candidate in history, and were considering not voting in protest, I
would say, “I understand. But Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
And I did understand. We would talk about the history of women being pushed aside to allow a man
to flourish, and I would say, “Yes, that’s a totally legitimate frustration. Your anger is justifiable. But
Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
The fact is, I’m an Obama fan. But I’ve never tried to persuade anyone that he is an exact representation
of their political outlook. It’s not necessary. Because: Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.
After George W. Bush’s presidency, we were looking at a Court with four vacancies in the near future.
Obama filled two of those vacancies in his first term—with women. Pretty amazing women. Pretty
amazing women who the right tried to tear down in some of the most disgusting confirmation hearings
I’ve ever come across: hints at lesbianism, reverse “racism,” etc. But they made it. They are justices on
the Supreme Court—for life. And without those women, the Affordable Health Care Act would be dust
After all, many call the Roberts Court the most conservative court in American history.
What we now have: two more vacancies looming in the very near future, of liberal justices Stephen
Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If Romney is there to nominate them, then there could be a right
wing Supreme Court for most of the remainder of my life. The average retirement age of a justice is
78.7. Chief Justice Roberts is only 57.
What will come up before the Court? Certainly gay marriage. Certainly more aspects of health
care law. Almost absolutely abortion—the right will bring every pet cause to their rubber-stamp
court. It will almost not matter at all who controls the other branches of government—the Court can
singlehandedly undo all progress since the 1950s: civil rights, equal protection clauses, collective
bargaining rights, immigration law, gun control, United Nations charter, government wiretapping,
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, eminent domain, not to mention deciding election controversies
like the one in 2000. If you like the Citizens United decision, where corporations as “people” can
anonymously fund political candidates and essentially purchase elections, then you are going to love
what could be coming down the pike if Obama is not in office.
And hey, I love this guy! I have a dozen reasons I’ve been overjoyed with Obama’s presidency, and
for sure a couple where I want to text him late at night with WTF? Or even wonder what if Hillary had
been in office? But I always shake myself out of it and say:
“Andy. Remember. Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court."
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