By Ralph Nader, Lou Fisher and Bruce Fein
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky) principles are like restricted railroad tickets, good for this day and train only.
In 2016, Senator McConnell’s ten-month soundtrack in blocking a Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court was the need to listen to the American people through the ballot box. On February 23, 2016, for instance, Mr. McConnell sermonized: “The American people are perfectly capable of having their say on this issue, so let’s give them a voice. Let’s let the American people decide.”…
On September 26, 2020, President Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy V. Coney Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court held by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In 1994, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Stephen G. Breyer by President Clinton to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In that testimony, I called attention to the importance of balance in the way our laws handle the challenges of corporate power in America.
Let’s give dangerous, dictatorial, corporatist, lawless, unstable, Donald Trump his due. He has shown us just how weak our various countervailing institutions and constitutional standards are in checking the excesses of the most impeachable President in American history.
After three and a half years of corruption, cronyism, chaos, illegal wars, and destruction of law enforcement protecting people from corporate ravages, Trump a bigoted, racist, serial fabricator, and boastful savage serial predator has not only gotten away with everything but has doubled down on everything. He has intimidated almost everyone with any power or influence into submission or silence.
The following are Eleven Suggestions, with useful links, for getting out more progressive voters to the polls in the approaching elections at the local, state and national levels. For a variety of reasons and causes, tens of millions of eligible Americans do not vote. These ideas can spark interest and participation by these citizens, and regular voters, in shaping a more productive and fair democratic society. Spread the word.
The following items were assembled before Covid-19 which means that some of them need to be altered accordingly, while the majority are not significantly affected.