I struggle with what to say at this moment. People do not talk with one another. We seem to all choose sides and try to win. For instance, after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Republican Senators said they would vote for the President’s nominee to fill her seat. Yet, they do not know who the nominee will be. An appropriate response might entail giving the nominee a hearing and then forming an opinion before casting a confirmation vote.
Even asking about the appropriateness of filling Ginsburg’s vacancy now elicits cries of partisanship. Some might say that I am asking because of bitterness over the Merrick Garland nomination. For anyone who doesn’t remember: President Obama nominated Garland to fill a Supreme Court vacancy after Antonin Scalia’s death. The Senate refused to consider the nomination. Still, the Senate did not break any laws by refusing to act on Obama’s nomination, and if the Senate confirms Trump’s nomination now, they will be doing nothing illegal.
What can anyone say that is helpful right now?
- Love your neighbor.
- Listen to one another.
- Read something from a perspective with which you disagree.
- Take a walk.
- Wear a mask or wash your hands.
- Try to keep everything in perspective.
- God is still God.
I don’t know. I have been trying to think of something helpful to say. God help me.