by Scott Ragsdale
Part 2 – But You Can’t Kill the Message.
Even if Kavanagh Withdrew
If Kavanagh withdrew his name, surely a juror with equally vindictive views about the meanings of life and the constitution (but with some regard for a display of knowing that he or she is not beyond reproach or the law) would have been confirmed before year’s end.
The Supreme Court is now as broken as the laws that enforce corporate personhood and disallow the conscious a right to determine the fate of their own reproductive capacity. Erwin Chemersinski, Dean and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley put it mildly,
“It is unclear how it will matter that the court be perceived as an extension of the Republican Party, maybe it will lead to a crisis of legitimacy for the courts…open defiance… The only thing that is certain…they (Republicans) have irreparably tarnished the institution.” (Sacramento Bee, California Forum 1D, October 7, 2018)
“I will not submit myself or my fellow Californians to the rule of law from a Supreme Court that includes Brett Kavanaugh. You … need to know that if the Senate confirms Kavanaugh that it will mean the end of many many Californians’ link to the spirit and intent of laws from the federal government. You need to prepare for that result and be able to begin to see Californian’s as the most important fulcrum of their own laws, moral compass and destiny.”
I have said my piece as have many Americans about the dissolution that would erupt from this appointment. We will not stand idly by to see this action steal the hearts of this or future generations. Some legal scholars and big D Democrats will try to talk us down from our indignation as the Senate Republicans call out “nothing to see here, move along.” I say listen politely and even engage when it makes sense, but don’t kid yourself – this is not about playing nice.
And all the while, Trumpian sand has been thrown into our faces in order for the extreme right to use the time it takes us to wipe it away to form another succession of ridiculously implausible stories that attempt to portray the Republican party as representative. We are not fooled. It is clear even through the pain. The court is broken.
— The Supreme Court Isn’t — Facebook or Twitter that and add a # and a @indivisibleyolo.
An affirmation of hope.
We have not been standing idly by. We are building the future of “show up” politics and the entitled society of mostly white people – the Federalist Society types – know it. They want to make our life affirming practices, of human dignity and planetary health for all, illegal. Preventing that and working towards a positive future is what my work at Indivisible Yolo is all about. There are thousands of groups all over the country that share these goals. Following the midterm elections, we are moving on to the next level of organization by building our list of principles to guide our work. The first principle taking shape is to:
“Protect our inalienable right to verifiable transparent and inclusive representative democracy.”
We have many ways to get out the vote and to shape federal policy this midterm election and we already have our sights on 2020 and beyond. We are building now.
Scott Ragsdale is a Davis resident and the former general manager of Davis Roots, the business accelerator fostering economic development in Davis.