With Neil Gorsuch, Republicans Have Stolen The Entire Government

With Neil Gorsuch, Republicans Have Stolen The Entire Government

When Neil Gorsuch is inevitably confirmed by the Republican Senate and takes his place on the Supreme Court, the Republican Party will have illegitimate control, individually, of every branch of government.

Republicans have gerrymandered the districting of the House of Representatives to the point where Democrats routinely win more votes but lose representation. An examination of districting in swing states such as Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania is an offensively transparent example of political cheating. While these states elected and reelected President Obama, their Congressional delegations have been wildly and disproportionately Republican. Look at states throughout the South and study how they manipulate areas with large black populations into political insignificance. Republicans have stolen the House of Representatives.

In the Senate, Republicans have taken advantage of the natural, GOP-favoring gerrymander of our disproportionately populated states for a majority that does not proportionally represent our populace. Many of America’s biggest cities are wildly Democratic and have more people than several conservative states combined, but these metropolises have far less representation in the Senate than rural, people-less states such as Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, etc. The Senate is inherently and institutionally undemocratic, and it has given the Republican Party a majority it does not deserve.

Amplifying Democratic representational troubles in Congress, the GOP enduringly fights to pass blatant voter suppression laws pointedly aimed at traditional Democratic voters in the guise of solving a voter fraud problem that simply does not exist in America. But don’t take my word for it, take Republicans’ statements regarding the ID laws’ purpose: Republicans are so proud of their suppression efforts to block Democratic votes that they cannot help themselves but brag about them.

The same natural gerrymander toward Republicans inherent in our states’ boundaries also helps Republican presidents win. Twice in the last 5 elections, Democrats have won the popular vote but lost the presidential election because of the Electoral College and it’s favoring of rough geographical space over population. In 2016, America voted for a Democratic veto on the Republican-controlled Congress by nearly three million votes, but Trump is now president anyway. Trump is a popularly illegitimate president, and this must be used against him throughout his entire presidency.

Finally, now that the Republican Senate is allowing Donald Trump to appoint Neil Gorsuch as Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement, after an entire year of blocking President Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland, the Republicans have pulled off the greatest political heist of a generation. America voted for Obama twice, so the GOP has thwarted America’s democracy in stonewalling Garland. That Republicans did not accept Garland is a moral shame and judicial crime that should and will follow Neil Gorsuch for his entire Supreme Court career. Every single decision he makes on every single case will be morally invalidated because it belonged to Merrick Garland to decide.

The Democratic Party is entirely justified to stall Gorsuch’s Senate hearings for as long as possible, and vote against him en masse simply because his appointment over Garland is an insult to our Constitution and democracy. Republicans can go nuclear and change the Senate rules to block a Supreme Court filibuster, and why not? They’ve cheated every other aspect of our government, what’s one more?

Levi Olson

Senior political columnist here at Contemptor, and a political scientist proving that American conservatism is a sham. Follow me on Tumblr at http://leviolson.tumblr.com/ or on Facebook & Twitter @theleviolson.