Friday, September 18, 2020

RBG's death sets progressive voters' agendas to & through Nov. 3

After we grieve and properly celebrate her grit, work and legacies, Democrats and anyone else dedicated to the survival of American democracy can honor the memories of Cong. Elijah Cummings, Cong. John Lewis and now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Ginsburg seated in her robe

with a righteous rejection of Trump, Mitch McConnell and all Trump’s corrupt enablers. 

There are 45 days to go. I pledge to do more than one thing every day - volunteer, organize, give money, whatever it takes - until Nov. 3 to honor these fallen heroes who dedicated their lives to decency, fair play and human rights.

The very things that brought my grandparents and their parents to this country and lives of hard, honest work here, giving back.

The alternatives are to lapse into despair and let the right and Trump's cult continue their enthusiastic obeisance to international dictators, intensely self-interested commitment to obstruction of women and minorities' advancement and corruption of American democracy.   

One more thing: as someone whose family has been repeatedly damaged by cancers, I want to make sure we salute Justice Ginsberg's multiple battles with cancers and her unwillingness to let her treatments and pain impede her work and spirit.

The phrase is misused and overused, but the pioneering Ruth Bader Ginsberg was one-of-a-kind, and, along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis deserve our most-respectful best responses now that they have left the fight and responsibility to us.


Jake formerly of the LP said...

Great post James. This makes the stakes clearer than ever, and failure and despair are not options.

The GOP will cheat, lie and rig, and do not believe in "consent of the governed." And they must be ERADICATED from all areas of power as a result. None are innocent.

Anonymous said...

Nice tribute and a great look at the larger picture here.

Minnesconsin Tom said...

Fearful of grief from neighbors and strangers, my wife and I haven’t done yard signs or bumper stickers since Kerry-Edwards in 2004. That meek attitude is over. Since before Labor Day we’ve had a Biden sign (which I take into the house every night to prevent theft/vandalism). We also have “Ridin’ with Biden” stickers on our two Vespa scooters—four, one on each side. And of course, we are donating money.

Our most important donation, however, will be our donation of time—full, 14-hour shifts as poll workers on November 3...our first time ever. And no, not in our suburb, which is 50 percent Republican. In Milwaukee, in one of the poorest neighborhoods. We will take all the precautions with COVID of course, but if we do end up getting the virus and it gets the better of us, you can put on our headstones that we died trying to save our country. Because that’s literally what this is about.