For this unenthusiastic Hillary Clinton voter—and I’m sure I’m not alone—there are two main reasons for voting for Hillary and urging others to do the same.
The first is to keep Donald Trump’s tiny fingers away from the nuclear codes and to prevent a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, hateful, lying and unhinged narcissist from becoming the leader of the ”free world.”
The second is the Supreme Court, and, in particular, appointing justices who will help restore democracy and reduce political corruption by overturning the Citizens United ruling.
Presidents serve for four or eight years. Supreme Court justices often serve for 30 years or more.
This election will determine the direction of the Supreme Court for a generation.
The Clinton campaign needs to make clear that the future of American democracy is at stake in deciding whether she or Trump will appoint the next Supreme Court justices.
As Bloomberg reports,
“Americans may be sharply divided on other issues, but they are united in their view of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed a torrent of political spending: They hate it. In a new Bloomberg Politics national poll, 78 percent of those responding said the Citizens United ruling should be overturned, compared with 17 percent who called it a good decision.”
So Clinton: In this campaign year when voters are rejecting a corrupt political elite, ally yourself with 78 percent of the voters and make appointing Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Citizens United a central part of your campaign.
Make it a major part of your stump speech. Bring it up in the debates. Run campaign ads that you’ll appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Citizens United while Trump will appoint justices who will uphold it and extend it further.
Trump is already running hard on who gets to appoint Supreme Court justices, focusing on the false claim that Clinton will appoint justices determined to overturn a landmark gun rights ruling, the 5-4 Heller decision in 2008 declaring that the Second Amendment protects an individuals’ right to keep and bear arms. (For the record, I personally disagree with the Heller majority—whatever happened to a “well regulated militia”?—but that’s politically irrelevant since, despite National Rifle Association lies, there’s no chance in the foreseeable future that the government will try to confiscate the over 300 million guns owned by Americans.)
Clinton must vigorously rebut this distortion of the Second Amendment by making clear she has no intention of appointing justices to overturn Heller, while also supporting common-sense gun regulations—clearly allowed under Heller and backed by a majority of voters but opposed by the NRA—such as keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists and the mentally ill.
But having swatted away Trump’s Second Amendment lies, Clinton should campaign loudly and proudly on appointing justices who will overturn Citizens United.
In other words, make clear that a Trump victory likely means that American democracy is screwed for a generation. A Trump Supreme Court would guarantee that the oligarchy keeps increasing its power indefinitely.
Combined with Trump’s unhinged character, that’s reason enough to vote for Clinton over Trump, whatever other reservations you may or may not have about her.