They want to steal this seat for a reason

Remembering what's at stake in the fight to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The why of it

The fight to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t just a fight over the Supreme Court and the trajectory of the law. It’s a fight over what your days are like.

You want your feet to hurt less at the end of the day. They want to crush the union fighting for your breaks to be longer and your pay to be higher. That’s why they want to steal this seat.

You want to wake up in the morning thinking about the business you’re going to start. They want you to wake up in the middle of the night sweating about the health benefits you’d lose if you did, so that you keep working for them. That’s why they’re desperate to steal this seat.

You want to learn what you need to be a good citizen and get ahead in a tough economy. They want you balled and chained with debt, paying them interest forever. That’s why they will do anything to steal this seat.

You want to bring life into this world when it’s the right moment for you and your family. They want to control your body to buy the votes of certain religious people so that their tax cuts benefiting many fewer people can pass. That’s why they will violate their own past vows to steal this seat.

You want to help decide the future of your country and you’re willing to stand in line for it because you know how much more others sacrificed for the vote. They want you to jump through hoops for your suffrage so that the things most people want continue to be elusive. That’s why they will lie to steal this seat.

You want to be sure your president is working for you and no one else. They want you to lack even basic records about whom your president is paid by and whom your president owes. That’s why they will rationalize anything to steal this seat.

You want your children to be better off than you were. They want to pay your children the same wage you were paid, and not even raised for inflation. That’s why they will debase themselves to steal this seat.

You want to live in a vibrant community full of stores offering affordable prices. They want you to have no choices, depending on monopolies that can charge you whatever they want. That’s why they will skip proper vetting to steal this seat.

You want to be judged at work and at school by your character, by how hard you try, by your helpfulness to others. They want you to be condemned for your color, your choice of whom to love, the truth of what you know you are. That’s why they will defy its last occupant’s dying wish to steal this seat.

Don’t let them steal this seat.