Welcome To Gilead: Kavanaugh's On The SCOTUS And Everything Is Broken
The Senate has just confirmed Kavanaugh 50-48, with Lisa Murkowski, who said she was going to vote against him not even voting, "out of respect" for a fellow Republican who wanted so very badly to vote for him but had to be at his daughter's wedding. Huh.
Barring impeachment -- and does anyone even really trust that it would actually happen? -- we are pretty much fucked forever. I'm sorry that I can't put any kind of hopeful spin on it right now, but there you have it. A lot of people are about to lose a lot of rights and there is not going to be a whole lot we can do about it, legally anyway. We are at least going to have to learn how to perform safe, illegal abortions and -- in the event that abortion remains legal in a few states -- start planning some kind of underground railroad type situation. We can use unions to keep some workplace protections for as long as we are legally allowed to have unions. We can try to keep things as normal as possible in the states we have some control over.
I don't know what we can do about the other things he is going to fuck up. I don't know what we can do about the decades we are going to have to spend looking at his stupid face.
The Senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh represent a minority of our country's population. There are far, far more of us than there are of them, and that should give us some amount of power, but it doesn't. Wyoming gets two Senators and has a population a quarter the size of Chicago? That is some tyrannical bullshit right there.
I am going to drink half a bottle of gin today and bitterly think about how fucked all of these assholes would be if somehow the entire Left were able to secede from the country or go on general strike. I am going to cry a lot, probably, and listen to a lot of Tom Waits and Maria Callas. Tomorrow I will work on being hopeful again, tomorrow I will remember that things have been worse and we managed to change them once, but today, today is for wallowing and being hugely pissed off and angry at everything.
And now, your open thread. I'm sorry.
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