President Trump wasted no time in nominating a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg (also known as Notorious RBG, badass woman, etc.) on Saturday. The Republicans want to nominate and vote her into the seat quickly, while the Democrats think that whoever wins the presidency on Election Day should nominate a replacement. The Democrats will most likely try to stop the nomination at some point during the process as a “Gotcha!” to the Republicans’ same actions in 2016 to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. You know, the back and forth, lather, rinse, and repeat stuff that we have experienced before in Congress that most Americans feel is not in their better interest. I understand in the broad scope of things, a replacement for RBG is important. However, is this important right now given the state of our world?
We are going on nine months with the presence of the coronavirus on United States soil and going on seven months with the lockdowns, quarantine, mask wearing, and life as we know it still interrupted. There is a total of over 200,000 people that have died and a total of 7,000,000 citizens that have been affected by COVID-19. Cases have been increasing in a number of states. American citizens are still out of work and businesses are closing permanently because of the economic effect from the virus. Why is it so hard to prioritize American lives instead of showboating? Can we figure out a way to get life back to normal so that we are not having to worry about contracting a potentially deadly virus? The American people are having to inconvenience our lives because of the inactions of the federal government. In fact, private citizens and private businesses have been doing a better job at coming up with plans to protect those from the risk of the virus than those we elected. Shouldn’t this be a red flag that our elected officials don’t know what the hell they are doing?
The unrest we have experienced over the last couple of years has reached a tipping point in the last couple of months and it is becoming more and more critical to restore peace and order in our society. Of course, this is also another opportunity for our elected officials on both sides to point fingers on who is doing what wrong. Don’t you understand that this is just counterproductive? What happened to bipartisanship and unity to make our country a better place?
Our elected officials have refused to act for the American people, and it is a disgrace. Most of us that have worked in the private sector know that if we failed to act and something negative happened, we would be reprimanded and potentially fired, depending on the severity of the issue. It’s time to perform some mediation with our elected officials, just like we do in an employee relations-type of situation. Stop the finger pointing, identity politics, divisiveness, and all the other nonsense. Reprioritize what needs to get done in Washington for us and put the nomination on hold. American people from all sides are sick and tired of being sick and tired.