I am shocked and outraged that Senate Republicans pushed through the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and even changed the rules to do it. Turning back the clock on Senate traditions that sought to garner bi-partisan support, conservatives in Congress chose, instead, to force the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch’s confirmation tips the Court toward an extreme position that will have a dangerous, detrimental, and disproportional impact on women and people of color—not just across the country, but right here in Nassau County.
As a faith leader, I am deeply troubled that the Senate majority invoked the “Nuclear Option,” as it sets a precedent of exchanging the rights of the people for political gain. Indeed, the strength of our republic depends upon a set of rules that ensures justice. As citizens, we must speak out and stand up for the tenets of democracy that were designed to protect all of us—not just those in power. We cannot let politicians or judges in D.C. trade our rights away.
—Rabbi Judy Cohen-Rosenberg