Senate, in pushing speedy Supreme Court nomination, shows utter hypocrisy
Sadly, I must report that the “it is a hoax and therefore never happened” pandemic has had a severe symptomatic impact on the United States Senate; specifically, it has affected a group of eight Republican Senators.
It appears that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio have come down with a very serious case of Trump Mandated Dissociative Amnesia (TMDA). This form of Psychogenic Amnesia occurs when a person blocks out certain previous information or events and is therefore unable to remember important personal events and\or actions from their past.
Case in Point – In 2016 these eight Senators, led by Mitch McConnell, refused to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia. As directed by then Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee never considered the Garland nomination and simply allowed it to expire following a delay of 293 days.
In defense of the Senate’s failure to act, Mitch McConnell stated that any appointment by a sitting President this close to a pending Presidential election is “null and void.” Thus, the Garland nomination died a dishonorable death leaving the Scalia seat vacant until Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation April 7, 2017.
Now these same Fascist Eight Trumpster Minions (FETM) have had an epiphany and claim that indeed they do have the constitutional obligation to act with all deliberate speed to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Contrary to how they intentionally neglected their responsibility in 2016, they are now committed to abide by this pseudo-constitutional timeline requirement even though four years ago they had declared it to be “null and void”. Of a greater concern, it seems that our nation has become impervious to lies and falsehoods which has very sadly become the new normal. Worse even is the realization that this model of behavior is emanating from our nation’s leaders.
We are left to ask how could there be such a drastic historic change in the United States such that what was once declared “null and void” in 2016 by McConnell is now the law of “his” land? How is it that in this case such hypocritical actions by the leaders of the Senate could be tolerated and emboldened when the United States Senate was once the most highly regarded political institution in the world?
Why is it that in the eyes of the world we are no longer seen as the standard bearer of the democratic principles which had been envisioned by our Founding Fathers and fostered by American leadership for centuries?
Since when have we preferred an Autocratic Kakistocracy to Lincoln’s moral and political commitment to a unified nation? I know exactly when; it was when we chose Fascism over a government of the people, by the people, and for the people on November 8, 2016.
RBG ut vos RIP.