Hard Ball

Posted on October 28, 2020, 6:41 pm
6 mins

The ladies decide to play hardball. While the Democrats presidential candidate Biden might come across as soft in the debates, his running mate Kamala Harris is seen as one of of the sharpest, quick witted women in recent politics. She however is not the only one the Republicans have to face.

The ladies on the Biden team seem to have decided to play tag team with a volley of tweets & retweets on Monday attacking the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court Judge. The unified opposition of Democrats came close with 48 against 52 votes & by the look of things the ladies are in no mood to give up just yet.

Hilary Clinton came in with a strong “Vote them out” message. The Former Secretary of State showed her displeasure on Twitter & said “Senate Republicans just pushed through a Supreme Court justice who will help them take away Americans’ health care in the middle of a pandemic. For them, this is victory,” she tweeted. “Vote them out.”

She was followed by the newest female superhero on the block AOC who is reputed to be a whizz at Twitter engagement. The youngest ever congresswoman tweeted “Republicans do this because they don’t believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do”.

She added “And for a long time they’ve been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn’t.”

Clearly, Ilhan Omar has not taken the rude suggestion of Trump “to
go back….to the crime-infested countries from which they came” either.

Instead, she is part of the strong team that intends to send the loud brash man back home from the White House next week.

Omar retweeted AOC demands to “expand the court”. Why do they say this & what does it mean?

Expanding the court means adding more judges also known as “packing” the bench.

For Black & other ethnic backgrounds the dominance of conservative jurists is seen as direct threat to fairness & democratic representation. The ladies correctly draw attention to the fact that too much political influence has already tilted towards the corporates & ethnic or working class communities are not represented.

This latest confirmation means a 6-3 far-right majority on the supreme court. It is shocking as the two main issues this year have been a pandemic followed by the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The first target Democrats fear would naturally be the Obamacare. Never has healthcare been as big a worry for voters as this year when millions are facing a daily Corona risk. Next on the list would be limiting accountability of institutional discrimination in policing towards people of colour.

The battle to expand the court is a much bigger struggle than to just oppose the Republican candidate. Unless there are more women more Black & Brown representation in the Supreme Court the quest for equity & democracy will face tremendous hurdles. Equal or fair representation is only possible with the expansion of the courts.

The American judicial history is littered with examples of expanding or limiting the courts to get the desired result.

Even Abraham Lincoln’s expanded the court at the time of the civil war to counter the hostility he faced.

The courts have had their fair share of being blamed for being partisan & this image can only be rectified by adding people from different walks of life & perspectives.

At a time when Trump is being promoted by his camp as the peace broker in the Middle East his home ground looks ready for more clashes. The divisions run deep & the campaign rhetoric isn’t helping.

Expanding the courts is now the only way forward to relieve the frustrations of the marginalised communities. Trump has delivered his promise by confirming a conservative judge. Now the Democrats must ensure that the vacuum left by the late Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who had an impressive career in advocacy for an equitable society is filled by someone who can shoulder the responsibility.

An inclusive harmonious society is rooted in a strong fair judicial system where there everyone is equal & justice is seen to be done. No democracy can thrive if the courts are perceived as controversial because of a heavy tilt towards a dominant powerful group.

America gave us a global culture that we lapped up readily, from their fast food to their sitcoms, now our definition of democracy & freedom is also heavily influenced by what happens in the U.S. The 116th Congress was historic in it’s diversity.

Women of colour made up 42% of the Congress & quite a few of them like Ilhan Omar & AOC with their electrifying performance deserve nothing short of a political Oscar. It’s time the courts also ensure & secure democracy in the U.S & not undermine it.

A visionary woman who has never capitulated on matters that are against basic human rights and morality. She is a strong proponent of sustainable improvement in Pakistan through education, engagement, inspiration, innovation and empowerment opportunities for all (especially the youth). Reham Khan an internationally recognised personality within the Media, Journalism & Broadcasting industry (particularly in Pakistan, United Kingdom, and India) Reham Khan is a single parent & a human rights activist who is considered a leading voice against child abuse & early marriage. Khan is also a film producer with her debut film “Janaan” a box office hit in Pakistan & the first Pakistani Film to make it to the top ten films in the UK. She is also the author of the most controversial book coming out of Pakistan in recent years in which she took on the incoming government head-on & faced death threats for her brave expose of Pakistani elite society & politics. She is an odd case of One Right versus the Many Wrongs happening in our society today. She is described as the survivor with a smile.

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