An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Supreme Court Confirmation Vote

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Like much of our country, I mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was pivotal in granting more freedom to women and nonbinary people in our country - freedoms that had been enjoyed by men for centuries. She not only exemplified the American ideal of “liberty and justice for all”, she helped bring it closer to reality. I also pity Sen. McConnell, who did not allow a moment of national mourning to pass before making Justice Ginsburg’s passing a political issue. His lack of empathy and concern over the death of another is astounding. His lack of concern over loss of life demonstrates that he is missing out on an important and amazing part of the human experience. Senator McConnell’s statement is also a departure from the precedent he established with the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, over 200 days before the presidential election. It is a startling absence of integrity that Sen. McConnell insists upon a confirmation vote less than 50 days prior to the presidential election. It is also a telling statement on Sen. McConnell’s values that he will insist upon a confirmation vote, yet allow the HEROES Act to remain untouched, keeping important financial assistance from the American people. I fear that you have spent so much time “othering” people (“the radical left”, “ANTIFA”, “illegal immigrants”, “liberals”) that you have lost your sense of introspection and the ability to think critically about the issues facing our country. If it was determined in 2016 that the senate should not hold a vote on Supreme Court Justices over 200 days from the election, then the senate should not hold this vote now. This is not “cancel culture” - this is a doctrine that your party established. I urge you to demand that Senator McConnell follow the precedent he established by waiting to hold this vote until after the presidential election in November. I also hope and pray that one day you will see the value and worth of all people in our country the way that Justice Ginsburg did.

First sent on September 19, 2020 by Shannon C.

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