Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is a man on a mission. With less than two months remaining before Americans choose their next president and the balance in the House and Senate the Republicans have one more chance to ideologically groom the United States Supreme Court.
The death of justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg gave Trump and the Republican majority in the Senate a golden opportunity to put the Supreme Court even deeper in the pocket of Big Money and the right wing. So much for equality before the law.
A politicized court does not deliver justice. It is engineered to deliver predictable outcomes slanted to favour one group over the others.
The USSC is, along with Congress and the presidency, a co-equal branch of government, a cornerstone of America's vaunted system of checks and balances. An ideologically groomed Supreme Court bench neither checks nor balances. It dispenses partisan law assisting one side to dominate the others.
This would be a disturbing development in the best of times. This is not the best of times, not in America or anywhere else. This is the Great Acceleration, the Great Emergency.
The United States, like every other nation, is being rocked by events foreseen and unforeseen. What no longer works must be replaced. What is being torn down must be rebuilt often in some new fashion. Get it wrong and much will be lost, many will suffer. It is a time that will demand vision and courage and fairness. The court being engineered by the Republicans will be ill-equipped to deliver.