Everything about Amy Coney Barrett is a Shonda!
Though that Yiddish word means scandal it has nothing to do with the showrunner of that classic TV series, Shonda Rhimes!
Shonda is Yiddish for something scandalously shameful, a disgrace, an embarrassment. It is a word I would hear my parents use in disgust and it is a word I have uttered more than once during these past 4 years.
It is a word that I can’t seem to get out of my mind when it comes to the clandestine like court appointment of Amy Barrett.
The rush to nominate, approve, and swear in Amy Coney Barrett is a shonda.
Her confirmation to the Supreme Court just 8 days before the election is a shonda.
Replacing a groundbreaker for women’s rights with a woman for whom every day is Throwback Thursday is a shonda.
There feels as if just no other word to express the scurrilousness of what we have witnessed. But I can try.
Witnessing a corrupt president beaming as his hand-picked, handmaiden get sworn in in the dark of night was repugnant.
Seeing her standing on the White House balcony in her own Evita-like moment as guests applauded her on the South Lawn in what looked like a Trump reelection rally was reprehensible.
It is deplorable that an independent woman like RBG whose own husband supported, encouraged, and sacrificed his own career to advance hers, is now being supplanted on the Supreme Court by another woman who belongs to a group who teaches that wives must submit to the wills of men, whose faith community asserts that a husband’s responsibilities include “correcting” his wife should she stray from the proper path.
A pioneer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg followed her own path to clear the path filled with roadblocks for others. She did not need a course correction. The system did. And she corrected it.
Now that stands to be dismantled.
That is not only a shonda for democracy. That is a tragedy.
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