US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy alarmed many people yesterday after a string of depressing from my perspective 5-4 decisions to announce that he was retiring from the SCOTUS.
It’s bad news because he was the swing vote on many critical issues like affirmative action, a woman right to choose and gay marriage just to name a few. I didn’t forget that he was a conservative appointed by Ronald Reagan, and in this 2017-18 SCOTUS term he swung far too often to the right for my tastes.
That news from the SCOTUS was being heralded with weeping and gnashing of white liberal progressive teeth, but was met with me and others in Black TBLGQ world with a collective shrug.
Bottom line is we, Hillary Clinton (and especially this blogger) told y’all what would happen if y’all didn’t get over your butthurt Bernie fee fees, look at the big political picture, realize the 2016 election was about the SCOTUS and federal judiciary and vote accordingly.
My humanity as an unapologetic Black trans person was on the ballot, so you damned skippy I was with her.
And many of you failed to do so in enough numbers, especially in several critical swing states for Trump to shockingly win.
So what do we do now? Exhale, and prepare to fight tooth and nail to mitigate this disaster by firing everything with an ‘R’ behind their name on the ballot in November.
This is not a surprise to me because Kennedy is 81 years old. As I have been pointing out since 2012there were a potential four SCOTUS nominations that would potentially come open either in Barack Obama’s second term of the term of the 45th president.
So while some peeps are trying to rehash the 2016 election, the bottom line is that 2016 election ship has sailed. As usual I and every Black person in America, despite us trying to warn you white liberal progressives of the danger of a Trump presidency, unfortunately still have to deal with the fallout from liberal progressive lack of political vision and massive failure to pay attention to the big political picture.
What’s that big political picture? Every election matters. The federal judiciary matters, especially to marginalized and non white Americans. Control of Congress and the White House matters.
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Seeing the big political picture means that some of y’all on the left need to stop hating on the Democrats and realizing that they are the only political party big enough and in the position to stop the slide toward authoritarianism.
Translation: That means your puny third parties aren’t big enough or organized enough to take on the massive job of stopping this country’s slide toward conservative authoritarianism. It also means your azzes are going to have to do what George Will and others have asked you to do and vote for Democrats up and down the ballot this November.
I don’t want to hear jack about the Democrats didn’t do this or that, left wing ideological purity or ‘I voted my conscience’. The only people that have a credible claim toward voting their conscience are the 65, 843,063 Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton to become the 45th POTUS.
Focus. Everything and every policy we value as liberal progressive is in danger of political extinction. It’s past time you far left peeps fight the Republicans who are the major cause of the political drama you hate as hard as you do the Democrats.
Black and other POC Americans have been in fighting mode because we have to be. Would be nice for the rest of y’all to get in formation and join us in firing the GOP this November at the ballot box and in every election cycle for the next 20 years.
Because your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews are counting on you to do so.