The days of our republic are numbered. We are on a fast track to dissolution.

Who knows when it began. Was it when the Supreme Court incorrectly bestowed personhood on corporations? Was it when the Supreme Court ruled money is free speech? Or was it when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, decided preserving the tenuous grip that conservatives have on the Supreme Court was more important than the Constitution itself?

When Justice Antonin Scalia died, then-President Barack Obama tendered the name of Merrick Garland to replace him. This is what the Constitution requires him to do.

Sen. McConnell sat on his hands for 10 months and refused to bring Garland's nomination to an up or down vote, which the Constitution requires him to do (he didn't even get an interview).

Fast forward to 2017 and we find Neil Gorsuch pretending to be the newest justice on the Supreme Court. The only problem is Garland's name is still out there because it was never dealt with honestly. Gorsuch's name will always have an asterisk by it.

So here we are staring into the ash bin of history, ruled by a tyrant who is the first of many now that an oligarchy has supplanted our noble but brief experiment with democracy.

Jerome Joyce, Madison

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