The slogans of court packing and corruption are the same slogans Trump and his brethren used four years ago to distract us from moving ahead. The slogans are meant to distract us from the rights that have been stripped from workers over the last four years. These are indisputable facts: millions of people are still out of work; over 220,000 people have died from COVID-19; and over eight million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the virus.
Those are all things that Trump and his administration don’t want you thinking about. They want to use the power of fear to drive from your minds the truth of what they are doing to you.
The reality is that Trump and the Republicans have appointed 14 of the last 19 justices to the Supreme Court. In the last four years over 150 federal judges have been approved for lifetime appointments; many have never tried a case in a courtroom before. Meanwhile, more members of the Trump administration have been indicted, and more found guilty, than any other presidential administration in U.S. history.
That is the real court packing and corruption we should be focused on.
The fear they want to instill in you is the fear of the unknown instead of what they have actually done. Over four years, despite promises of a “big beautiful” health care plan from Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress, there has been no plan put forward that would actually replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and there has been no plan put forth to protect people with pre-existing conditions. To the contrary, the Trump administration has actually taken the law governing the ACA to court – the very courts they have been packing with hard line, “business friendly” judges – to try and overturn it.
While the Trump Justice Department is dispatching border security to cities to instigate violence with peaceful protests, to deploy teargas for photo ops, and to snatch people off the streets in unmarked vehicles, they want you to fear the freedoms you are guaranteed. As they do this, they are telling you to be afraid of the socialists coming to steal your freedoms.
The Trump administration wants you to believe that capitalism is the cure for the pandemic. They want you to believe that if we just go spend money at restaurants and bars, if we “consume,” then we will be free of the virus (they are trying this in Florida which now has the highest number of documented cases of COVID). This idea of ignoring the virus, or trying for “herd immunity,” will cause more deaths and illnesses. It will expand and extend the misery, and it will have a further crippling effect on our economy.
The question in this election is, are we willing to give in to the fear mongering and disinformation from the Trump White House? Do we believe that there are evil secret plots being orchestrated and coordinated between doctors, scientists, journalists, and every Democrat in the country to make Trump look bad, when the reality is that Trump manages to do that every day, 280 characters at a time on Twitter? Are we going to let this President further divide our country?
We need to stand up for our democracy. We need to elect people who will put science and compassion ahead of fear and anger. We need to elect people who see through the fog of disinformation and understand that our nation needs to heal. We need to elect representatives who understand that people need to get back to work, and that they need to make a living wage. And we need to elect people who realize that, now more than ever, people need healthcare.
In the House, we need to elect or re-elect: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17, TW | FB), Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-1, TW | FB), Rita Hart (IA-2, TW | FB), Cindy Axne (IA-4, TW | FB), Jill Schupp (MO-2nd, TW | FB), Christina Hale (IN-5th, TW | FB), Wendy Davis (TX-21, TW | FB), Sri Kalkarni (TX-22, TW | FB), Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23, TW | FB), and Candace Valenzuela (TX-24, TW | FB).
In the U.S. Senate, we need to elect: Theresa Greenfield of Iowa (TW | FB), Barbara Bollier of Kansas (TW | FB), MJ Hegar of Texas (TW | FB), and in Missouri we need to elect State Auditor Nicole Galloway for Governor (TW | FB).
With the Trump administration filling the courts with young, conservative, anti-worker judges and justices, we need people in Congress and in the White House who will enact laws that will ensure our rights are protected. We need people who are serious about developing and implementing a real and comprehensive 21st century infrastructure plan that will update our aging and crumbling roads, bridges, and schools. We need a plan that will address our country’s energy and environmental needs now and into the future, while putting people to work with living wage jobs that have retirement and health care benefits.
The judiciary might be out of our control, but we can have a real impact on who is making the laws in this nation by electing lawmakers who have walked in our shoes and know what we want and need.
Jill Schupp had this to say about the Davis-Bacon Law:
“I strongly support prevailing wage requirements, because they are a mechanism to prevent contractors from undercutting skilled, union labor when competing for contracts for public projects. In Congress, I will protect Davis Bacon because these requirements prevent a race to the bottom that is not good for workers or the industry. Contractors should compete on the basis of the skill of their workers and the ability to do the job well, not because their labor costs are less than the industry average.”
Trump’s Department of Labor, along with his activist judges, are overturning and gutting longtime rules and policies that are meant to protect workers and their rights. We need to elect people who will turn these rules into laws. Public sector employees deserve the right to be represented by a Union if they choose. Unions should have the right to talk with employees who are interested in organizing.
Congress passed the Wagner Act in 1935. This gave workers in this country the right to collectively bargain. While Congress has slowly chipped away at those rights over the years, the Trump administration has taken a flamethrower to those policies.
Business might employ people, but it is the workers in this country that get the projects done. We build the roads, make the cars, put up the wind turbines, teach the children, and treat the patients who are hurt on the job or are infected with COVID. Those business owners should not have immunity from careless and negligent policies that put profit ahead of worker protections.
We need to get beyond the doublespeak and the wonton disinformation and return to a nation that actually takes care of the people who live here. Workers should have a right to join a Union, they should have a right to health care, they should have a right to a living wage, they should have a right to protections on the job that allow them to return home at the end of the day to their family uninjured.
We should have all of these things, but we must look past the misinformation being thrown at us to divide us. Are we going to stay united and stand together and cast our votes against the lies and cover-ups of Trump and his enablers by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to heal our nation? Are we going to elect people like Jill Schupp in MO-2, Theresa Greenfield to the U.S. Senate in Iowa, and re-elect Cheri Bustos in IL-17, who will enact laws to help the workers in this nation? Trump and his supine Senate have worked day and night to destroy everything we have fought for in this country over the last 100 years. If we give them another four years, they just might succeed.
To learn more about the worker and job supporting candidates mentioned in this article, please visit their websites at the following links: