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The Many Reasons the GOP Wants to Steal Ginsburg's Seat

Remembering what's at stake in the fight to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Don’t let them steal this seat. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Don’t let them steal this seat. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The fight to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t just a fight over the Supreme Court and the trajectory of the law. It’s a fight over what your days are like.

You want your feet to hurt less at the end of the day. They want to crush the union fighting for your breaks to be longer and your pay to be higher. That’s why they want to steal this seat.

They want you balled and chained with debt, paying them interest forever.

You want to wake up in the morning thinking about the business you’re going to start. They want you to wake up in the middle of the night sweating about the health benefits you’d lose if you did, so that you keep working for them. That’s why they’re desperate to steal this seat.

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You want to learn what you need to be a good citizen and get ahead in a tough economy. They want you balled and chained with debt, paying them interest forever. That’s why they will do anything to steal this seat.

You want to bring life into this world when it’s the right moment for you and your family. They want to control your body to buy the votes of certain religious people so that their tax cuts benefiting many fewer people can pass. That’s why they will violate their own past vows to steal this seat.

You want to help decide the future of your country and you’re willing to stand in line for it because you know how much more others sacrificed for the vote. They want you to jump through hoops for your suffrage so that the things most people want continue to be elusive. That’s why they will lie to steal this seat.

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Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is a writer; the author, most recently, of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World"; and publisher of The.Ink.

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