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In SCOTUS controversy, the hypocrisy is all red
Posts by Rob Schofield, The Progressive Pulse
As part of an P.R. effort to quell public outrage at their 180 degree flip-flop over the appropriateness of confirming a new Supreme Court Justice during a presidential election, Republicans, their allies and some ill-informed media types have attempted to argue as a defense in recent days that both parties are acting hypocritically.
You’ve probably read or heard this argument somewhere (I know I have in some of the hate mail that comes my way). It goes something like this: “Those blankety-blank Democrats would have done the same thing if the roles were reversed. Look at what they’re doing now. By arguing that no replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be considered until 2021, they’ve demonstrated their hypocrisy.”
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at this “logic.” It’s akin to arguing that victim of a physical assault is just as guilty as his attacker, because he bore ill will toward the person who attacked him and might have been the perpetrator if the circumstances were different.
Earth to the GOP and its apologists: Your argument might hold some validity if it was the Democrats who had held up a previous confirmation process on the grounds that it conflicted with an election. Maybe. The fact, however, is that they did no such thing.
What happened in 2016 was that U.S. Senate Republicans announced a new standard and established a new precedent by refusing to consider President Obama’s moderate and highly qualified nominee, appeals court judge Merrick Garland, during an election year.
North Carolina’s Thom Tillis helped spell out this change when he stated that it would be wrong to have a “partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”
There are many intelligent observers across the nation who believe that shift was an unwise and destructive change, but the simple fact is that it happened.
Having established this new standard and precedent, the Republicans shouldn’t be free now to simply abandon it and return to the old way of doing things out of political opportunism and convenience. And Democrats — the victims in 2016 of this shift — certainly can’t and shouldn’t be blamed now for demanding that Republicans lie in the new bed they have made.
The simple fact is that for democratic government to work properly, precedent and rules must mean something. Republicans, however, have demonstrated that the only rules and precedents they respect are the ones born of raw power.
On shudders to think what new assaults on our Constitution that a justice confirmed under such dishonest circumstances will endorse.
NC Democratic Women
60th Annual State Convention, September 25-27, 2020.
We’ve got a great convention lined up for you, with: workshops provided by the National Democratic Training Committee, special keynotes and greetings from Governor Roy Cooper, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and our NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green (with even more to be announced),
a suffragette lecture from Dr. Ellen DuBois, retired UCLA professor & author of Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, candidate speed dating, Drinks with DWNC, zetworking, Sip N Paint, two nights at the movies, and, of course, we’ll be capping off our year of hard work with awards ceremonies for STARS and presenting our Woman of the Year award, making time to honor the sheroes who live and breathe and walk amongst us and are leading the way in membership, communication, and activism. Click here to register
COUNCIL OF STATE TOWN HALL SERIES
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ACDP October Meeting
October 1, 2020 7:00 pm
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Poll Observers Needed
The Alamance County Democratic Party alongside NCDP and Biden/Harris Coordinated Campaign is recruiting poll observers to help monitor and report on possible irregularities at polling locations. This is different from poll greeting in that poll observers are there to record and report and help protect all voters. Trainings will be provided as well as PPE (masks, gloves, sanitation stations).If you are interested.
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1. Multi-Party Assistance Team
The Board of Elections is looking for folks to be part of Multi-Party Assistance Team (MAT). This is the team that goes into assisted living facilities and nursing homes to help people vote. The Board of Elections is looking for some Democratic help. Teams are composed of both Democrats and Republicans.
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3.VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE!
Alamance County Voting Locations for November 3, 2020 Temporary and Permanent Changes
Eight precincts in Alamance County are going to change the location of their polling places for in person voting on November 3, 2020. Find your precinct HERE and see if your precinct is one of those affected below.
- Albright Precinct Southern High School, 631 Southern High School Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
- Central Boone Trinity Worship Center, 3157 S. Church Street, Burlington Permanent – New Location
- Boone 5 Elon Elementary School, 720 Walker Rd, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
- South Graham South Graham Elementary, 320 Ivey Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
- Haw River Haw River Elementary School, 701 E Main St, Haw River Temporary- COVID Location
- North Melville E.M. Yoder Elementary, 301 N Charles St, Mebane Temporary- COVID Location
- Melville 4 Old Mebane Recreation Center, 209 W Jackson St, Mebane Permanent – New Location
- Morton Western Middle School, 2100 Eldon Dr, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
4. Alamance County needs election workers for the 2020 Elections!
Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?
Check this link to the Alamance County Election Official Application. We especially need elections workers during the 17-day early voting period. We have a new early voting location at the Elmira Community Center in Burlington and we have newly expanded weekend voting, including Sunday voting. This means we need more elections workers than in the past. And the COVID virus has meant that many of our predominantly older elections workers who are more vulnerable have chosen not to return to work this year’s election.You can also fill out the NC State Board of Elections Democracy Heroes form to be contacted by BOE staff: https://www.ncsbe.gov/get-involved
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Call Alamance Board of Elections for an“Absentee Ballot Request Form” at 336- 570-6755
- Complete request form immediately upon receipt.
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99 Reasons to Flip NC
38. TO STOP THE GOP’S ENDLESS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION
Since gaining supermajorities in both chambers of the NCGA in 2012, Republican lawmakers have passed a continuous stream of unconstitutional legislation, including their monster voter law (#97), racially (#80) and partisan (#34) gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts, attempts to seize power from the executive branch (#24), and so on. The GOP-controlled legislature’s power grabs have been so extreme that it was even sued by a governor from their own party in McCrory v. Berger. Exasperatingly, the GOP often benefits from its unconstitutional legislation during the course of the lengthy legal battles required to contest their illegal laws – while taxpayers pay the literal price, footing the bill for tens of millions in legal fees.
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