Yet Trump is about to make the second Supreme Court nomination of his presidency. And that second nominee — like Trump’s first, Neil Gorsuch — is likely to be young enough to remain on the court for the next 40 years.
If confirmed, Trump’s new justice would join four other Republican-appointed justices to form a majority that will interpret the U.S. Constitution and laws in ways inimical to the values of a majority of Americans.
For example, Trump’s new justice is all but certain to join the four other Republican-appointed justices in overturning Roe v. Wade, a 1973 compromise on abortion that still has the support of two-thirds of Americans.
Trump’s new justice is likely to do the same in revoking same-sex marriage, also now supported by about two-thirds of Americans.
I don’t have to remind you that all this comes after Republicans essentially stole a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
In addition to everything I’ve noted above, Republicans also now control both chambers in 32 states and 33 governorships. In many of these states, they are entrenching their power by gerrymandering and arranging to suppress votes.
What are we — the vast majority of Americans — going to do about this?
I have some modest suggestions.
First and most importantly, do not give up. That’s what they would like us to do. Then they’d have no opposition at all. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Second, in the short term, contact your senators and urge them to oppose Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
If your state has a Republican senator, you might mobilize and organize your friends and neighbors to do whatever they can to get that senator to reject Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Or, at the least, postpone consideration of that nominee until after the midterm elections, so there’s a chance to change the composition of the Senate.
Third, make a ruckus. Demonstrate. Engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Fight lies with truth.
Many grassroots organizations are doing great work, and could use your help. Among them are: @IndivisibleTeam, @swingleft, @UpRiseDotOrg, @MoveOn. @Sister_District, and @flippable_org. I’m sure I’ve left out many others. Check with your friends, and check online.
Fourth, vote this Nov. 6 for people who will stand up to the Trump Republicans’ rampage. Mobilize and organize others to do so, too. If you live in a blue state, contact friends and relatives in red states and urge them to do the same.
Fifth, help lay the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election so that even if Trump survives Robert Mueller’s investigation and a possible impeachment proceeding, he will not be re-elected.
Finally, bear in mind that this fight will be long and hard. It will require our patience, our courage and our resolve.
Yet the stakes could not be higher. We’re talking about the future of our democracy, and the well-being of our children and our children’s children.
Writes for Tribune Content Agency.