Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vote, Dammit!

I don't want to hear any bellyaching from the Democrats about the Supreme Court upholding the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries or anything else the Court does.  Because they brought it on themselves.
Blaming the victim, you say?  You bet!  For decades, Republicans have kept their eye on the federal judiciary and have been systematically been packing it with conservatives, while Democrats have been too wimpy to retaliate much. And when they do retaliate,  they play checkers while Republicans play chess.  Democratic Party voters haven't been very engaged either.  Because they failed to come out in the 2014 midterm elections, the Republicans took over the Senate and then blocked President Obama - whom Democratic congressional candidates in 2014 (most of whom lost) refused to link themselves to - from making a Supreme Court appointment.  A Democratic Senate being seated in 2017 could have approved an Obama pick for the Supreme Court in the waning days of his administration, but the Democratic electorate largely stayed home in 2016 and let the Republicans keep the Senate.  And the Democratic National Committee gave the Presidency to Donald Trump by promoting Hillary Clinton.
Maybe Democrats - which I am not one of - should start voting more regularly.  Otherwise, the party will be so weakened and beaten up that it is going to be doomed to Whig-like extinction.       

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