Me Of Little Faith
I am trying to be encouraged by the few acts of bravery and honestly committed within the Senate by the beleaguered Democrats over the past several months, but I’m afraid they are going to have to show me much more before I allow myself to truly believe they will do something meaningful to stem the tide of neo-conservative and neo-religious infringements on our rights as Americans. This is why I will be spending a lot of time this week watching the confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito.
I hope that being home for the holidays has fortified our Senators’ resolve as they are going to need it to do the hard work ahead of supporting the American people and sinking this nomination. Sure, they have little chance of affecting any real change on the legislative side with their weak presence in the Senate, but they must continue to be a cog in the system that is threatening to kill our way of life. I realize that this language may seem a little over the top, but we are living in scary times.
The committee hearings will tell us a lot, but I have no doubt that unless Alito is sunk in committee (a long shot for sure), a widespread effort in support of a Democratic lead filibuster will be necessary. The Republicans took down the last nomination because Harriet Miers wasn’t a guaranteed 100% vote for the Religious Right. That should tell you all you need to know about Sam Alito. Watch the clip of Sen. Tom Coburn (courtesy of Crooks and Liars) for a peek into the mind of those who are throwing their full support behind Alito. Yeah, I want this nut job in charge on my reproductive health decisions.
It feels like the time between now and the next election is critical yet in a way, dead space. There is so much work to be done in fixing our broken election system, but until we see the results of that work, we won’t know how far we have yet to go. But the Alito confirmation is the fight in front of us and it is one we must win. With his out of the mainstream views on Presidential powers, we may not have an electoral process to fix if he is allowed to take a seat on our Supreme Court.