Well, something has finally happened that may, may, give the Democrats a chance in the mid-terms. No, it wasn’t anything the Dems did, don’t be silly. It was the corrupt Supremely Kangaroo Court overturning Roe vs Wade revoking a woman’s right to privacy with her doctor. It didn’t take long until the loyalist Democrats shot out the inevitable, “This is what we warned you about in 2016.” It’s a dig at people who rejected their “choice” of “evil” (Trump) or “slightly less evil” (Hillary). (MANY Americans understand that voting for the lesser of two evils is STILL voting for evil.) My response? Show me the bills introduced by Dems and voted on in Congress attempting to codify Roe into law between 1973 and 2016. I’ll wait. (Huh! I only hear crickets…)
I specify “voted on in Congress” because simply introducing a bill isn’t enough in this fraudulent world of declared filibusters. The declared filibuster is nothing more than a tool the Democrats use to lose. Everyone knows it. The Dems, for sure, know it. It’s the reason they won’t return to the talking filibuster – where a person has to actually, physically hold the floor. They lose their excuse for not getting anything done. The Dems are so completely ineffective, as a party, they were looking at getting completely rolled over in the looming mid-terms of 2022. Now? Maybe they have a chance. I’m not sure what difference it makes, though. Just looking back over the last several years, the pattern seems pretty well defined: regardless of which party is “in power,” the GOP gets whatever it wants and the Dems NEVER get anything done. According to polls, the pretended Democratic positions line up nicely with the wishes of the vast majority of the American people – but the Dems just can’t (won’t, I submit) find the magic key to pass legislation.
The cons have been threatening to overturn Roe since it was decided in 1973. They’ve been working at it ever since. They’ve finally succeeded. It was about time, I guess. It’s been awhile since the GOP has had a chance to harm poor people on a large scale and they love NOTHING more than harming poor people. It’s, like, their favorite pass-time. Recently, though, they haven’t had much to work with. Aside from defending the “rights” of murderers to improve their murder rates – as opposed to the rights of, say, children to NOT be murdered – it’s been very difficult for the GOP to inflict harm on, well, anybody, really, but especially poor people. But they got it now. Poor women in an increasing number of states, oh, AND their children, will suffer at astonishing rates. The GOP couldn’t be happier.
I’m old enough to remember the fallout from illegal abortions before Roe. Now we get to live through it again. I’ve already heard grumblings from the “state’s rights” GOP about trying to impose a national, Federal prohibition on abortions in any state. “We MUST leave it to the states but we dare NOT leave it to the states!” Classic GOP bullshit.
It has always been true that thinking people have had to wait for the slowest amongst us before moving forward. It’s long been frustrating. But now the people who don’t understand things have become SUCH a weight around the necks of humanity, we’re not just moving forward at a snail’s pace, we’re actually moving backwards. Along with most Americans, I’m angry about it.
But I’ll tell you this: I’m not just angry at the trumpery or McConnell’s theft or the backwards-thinking GOP. I hold the Democratic Party every bit as responsible for this mess as the cons. Between 1973 and 2016, the Dems had 43 YEARS to codify Roe into law. They didn’t. So the question is, if our “choice” is between the GOP actively working on a daily basis to harm as many Americans as possible, and the Democrats, actively working to allow the GOP to harm as many Americans as possible, where do honest, intelligent Americans turn for representation?
When this crap court made their activist, ideological choice they said a right to abortion isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. (This is likely the result of having attended diploma factories created and intended to train weak thinkers in “Conservative law.”) I see the right in the Ninth Amendment. The Ninth says, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” No? Okay, how about the Fourth Amendment which states, in part, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons…shall not be violated…”
Personally, I think the right to health care is found in the preamble to the Constitution where the founders tossed in “promote the general welfare” as such a basic and accepted human right as to hardly warrant specific mention. At the time of the writing of the Constitution – the so-called “originalist” fever-dream – the word “welfare” had nothing to do with a social program and couldn’t be properly defined without including health care.
I’ll tell you this: the cons didn’t see it because they didn’t WANT to see it…