We now know why Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper. We now know why Ginni Thomas, the craven wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, smugly smirked while lying to the January 6th Select Committee that the 2020 election was stolen. We now know the full GOP plan behind packing the Supreme Court with rightwing zealots, effectively creating judicial monarchs.
It won’t matter how masterfully the newest Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson invoked the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, citing the 14th Amendment that was explicitly drawn up and ratified in 1868, to protect the rights of the Black citizens who had been enslaved in Confederate states, to counter an absurd argument in favor of Alabama’s redrawn 2021 congressional map that challenges Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act barring racial discrimination.
None of this will matter because we now know Republicans packed the Supreme Court with the goal to end democracy. So far, the unelected extreme court decisions have resulted in a government that must henceforth legislate every single protection, from abortion rights to the EPA, to firearms, to voting rights, knowing Congress could never enact enough laws to restore them.
And now, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear the most terrifying case of all, Moore v Harper, that will decide on the nonsensical Independent State Legislature (ISL) theory. The fact that the SCOTUS even took up the case indicates it will likely rule in favor of the insane theory, giving rightwing control of federal elections and ending our 246-year-old experiment once and for all.
Kavanaugh voted to hear the case after the 2022 elections. With a decision expected before July 2023, November 8, 2022, could be our last free and fair election. The same 14 states that already banned all access to safe abortions could decide the outcome of our national elections. There is no rosy spin to this situation. Share this message far and wide, even on Facebook. Americans must storm the ballot box, armed with our votes. Like the French storming of the Bastille, we must end the GOP’s tyrannical reign.
Chicago native Lorraine Evanoff earned her degree in French from DePaul University then became a Certified Financial Manager. She worked as a finance exec in film production for seven years in Paris, then in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era, and later for various Hollywood production companies, notably as CFO of National Lampoon. She is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband.