When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrived like the loss of a child in bombing raid. A stabbing dagger of grief for which there is not a moment to spare.
For everyone who cares about democracy and freedom, the hour to defend it has arrived.
This is the moment for which the GOP, the NRA, corporate interests, and the evangelical Christian right have waited and prayed.
It is for the power that Ginsburg's seat confers that McConnell blocked the Merrick Garland appointment and defended the most demonstrably corrupt and catastrophic presidency in American history.
This is the whole enchilada.
In politics, the opportunity for lasting dominance over the Supreme Court is the GOP's best chance to block Democratic legislation over health care, abortion rights, marriage equality, immigration, gun and social media regulations, election finance reform, tax and climate change reforms.
Yet as a raw grab for power, the capture of Ginsburg's seat is more menacing even than this. It protects Donald Trump as he tightens the most overtly fascist grip on power that Americans have ever seen. If Joe Biden wins the November election, Trump will contest that victory in a court packed with judges that he shopped for personally.
In a heartbeat, the last and final check on Trump's power will evaporate.
"The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrived like the loss of a child in bombing raid. A stabbing dagger of grief for which there is not a moment to spare." #RBG
There will be no end of talk and speculation about Democratic strategies and tactics, but the harsh reality is that for democracy, this five alarm fire has jumped the barricades, with untold implications around the world.
Americans must steel themselves for an unprecedented challenge to democracy and the rule of law. As JFK famously said, paraphrasing Dante, "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality".
Never in modern times has America faced a threat like the present. Unthinkably, Joe McCarthy and George Wallace are, by comparison, strictly small potatoes.
Yet if the pandemic has taught us anything, it's how quickly a community adapts to extreme conditions and accepts them as normal, even while countless unseen souls suffer quiet despair alone.
It will take leadership, focus, courage and heart to defeat this threat. It will take every lesson that Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught, for her entire life.