Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stands alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he signs a bill in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C, October 10, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stands alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he signs a bill in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C, October 10, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

With RBG Gone and Fascism at the Gates, Mainers Know Susan Collins Cannot Be Trusted

It is our duty to fight like hell to ensure that Susan Collins does not cast another vote for a Supreme Court Justice. It is our duty to act every single day until election day to get out the vote and ensure that we stop the rise of fascism in this country.

Marie Follayttar

We are staring down authoritarianism as it barrels toward us like a freight train and I am telling you… in this game of chicken I ain't moving. 

And I know not a single one of you is either.

"We are on the frontlines of democracy. This is not a drill and this fight is not over until we have a new president in the White House and Congress sworn in this January. Then and only then can a nomination for the Supreme Court be made."We stand and sit together for this giant experiment of democracy, for the rooted power of the people that will not be moved.

We are striving for a more perfect union; a country that works for all of us.  A system of true checks and balances and when that system fails who is the final check on unchecked power? We, the people.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg held on to life and pushed herself for us—for our rights, for our liberties, and our democracy.

We are asking the same of you now.

Rachel Maddow once described Mainers  as relentless. She wasn't wrong. But now we must also be ruthless.

It is our duty to fight like hell to ensure that Susan Collins does not cast another vote for a Supreme Court Justice. 

It is our duty to act every single day until election day to get out the vote and ensure that we stop the rise of fascism in this country. 

It is our duty to push ourselves as RBG did.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has committed to rushing a Supreme Court nomination process and Susan Collins has not said she will dissent. Collins has already shown us who she is as a leader with her votes to confirm Brett Kavanugh and Neil Gorsuch and her unwavering support for McConnell's cynical and destruction agenda. 

We are on the frontlines of democracy. This is not a drill and this fight is not over until we have a new president in the White House and Congress sworn in this January. Then and only then can a nomination for the Supreme Court be made. 

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," RBG said to her granddaughter on her death bed. 

Honor her wish.

Wait to replace.  


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

Marie Follayttar

Marie Follayttar is co-director of the Mainers for Accountable Leadership PAC(MFAL). Follow her on Twitter: @MarieFollayttar

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

ACLU Demands 'Truly Systemic Overhaul' of US Civilian Harm Policies

"While a serious Defense Department focus on civilian harm is long overdue and welcome, it's unclear that this directive will be enough," says director of the legal group's National Security Project.

Jessica Corbett ·


'This Is Not Over': Alaska Supreme Court Rejects Youth Climate Case

"With the state continuing to undermine their health, safety, and futures," said the plaintiffs' lead counsel, "we will evaluate our next steps and will continue to fight for climate justice."

Jessica Corbett ·


Analysis Finds 'Staggering' Rise in Voter Suppression After GOP Restrictions in Georgia

"This is why we are fighting this new law in court," said one voting rights advocate.

Brett Wilkins ·


'Egregious': Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Mail-In Voting Law

The ruling was stayed pending an appeal to the state's Supreme Court and as one voting advocate put it: "The fight's not over yet, folks."

Julia Conley ·


Big Win for Open Internet as Court Upholds California Net Neutrality Law

One legal advocate called the Ninth Circuit's opinion "a great decision and a major victory for internet users in California and nationwide."

Kenny Stancil ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo