Republicans Fill Justice Ginsburg’s Seat with Hypocrisy

Mitch McConnell

BY | | Moyers on Democracy

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died 45 days before the election. As her strength waned, she dictated this statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” It says something unfortunate about the state of the republic that she voiced such concerns on her deathbed. Less than 90 minutes later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that Trump’s nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor because “Americans...expanded our majority in 2018.” He didn’t mention that only one-third of all senators ever faces re-election in the 2018 midterms, or ... Read More

Corruption at the Core: Bill Moyers talks with Sarah Chayes

BY | | Moyers on Democracy

Bill Moyers talks with Sarah Chayes about her new book On Corruption in America. "What I did was go to a variety of different countries and found that corrupt government was driving just about every world crisis you could name, including the environmental crisis, including mass migration, including a lot of civil strife. So, I felt as though focusing on anything else is almost derivative." Read More

Mitch McConnell and the Hot Seat

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) talk to reporters following the weekly Senate GOP policy luncheon in the US Capitol on Nov. 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BY | | Letters From an American

Both of the last two Republican presidents—Bush and Trump-- have lost the popular vote, and yet each nominated two Supreme Court justices, who have been confirmed by the votes of senators who represent a minority of the American people. The confirmation of a fifth justice in this way will create a solid majority on the court, which can then unwind the legal framework that a majority of Americans still supports. Read More

Rest in Power Justice Ginsburg

BY | | Letters From an American

September 18, 2020 Tonight, flowers are strewn on the steps of the Supreme Court, where “Equal Justice Under Law” is carved in stone. More than a thousand people gathered there tonight to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died today from cancer at age 87. Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933, in an era when laws, as well as the customs they protected, treated women differently than men. Ginsburg would grow up to challenge the laws that barred women from jobs and denied them rights, eventually setting the country on a path to ... Read More