Thursday, June 30, 2022

We Dissent

Most of us were not surprised this week when the United States Extreme Court formally ruled to take women's rights away with the aid of three new injustices appointed by an unfit president who won with the aid of foreign power even after tape was released in which the candidate spoke of grabbing women by the pussy.  When someone tells you who they are, believe them.

And we were not surprised when this new extreme court ruled that  New York's 105 year old gun law was found to be unconstitutional.  Sure took them a while.

Nor were we surprised when our 15th century Taliban band of black robes decided that a clearly delegated EPA cannot set standards to protect us from the  ravages of climate change.

But I was somehow surprised that they would allow a football coach to hold a prayer service on public land on the 50 yard line after the game. In all fairness, I don't blame him for praying, his win/loss record is abysmal. It's the public land thing that violates the constitution.

Here is what the court minority representing a super majority of citizens said of the Roe ruling:

“We cannot understand how anyone can be confident that today’s opinion will be the last of its kind,” the liberals wrote.

And the three justices took a sharp swipe at the contention from Justice Brett Kavanaugh that the Constitution is “neutral” on the question of abortion and that the decision should therefore be left to the states.

“When it comes to rights, the Court does not act ‘neutrally’ when it leaves everything up to the States,” the liberals wrote. “When the Court decimates a right women have held for 50 years, the Court is not being ‘scrupulously neutral.’ It is instead taking sides: against women who wish to exercise the right, and for States (like Mississippi) that want to bar them from doing so.”

Kavanaugh “cannot obscure that point by appropriating the rhetoric of even-handedness,” they added.

“In overruling Roe and Casey, this Court betrays its guiding principles. With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent,” they wrote.

In New York, the state legislature shot back immediately.  This from the NYT:

"A week after the Supreme Court issued monumental rulings loosening restrictions on carrying guns and overturning the constitutional right to abortion, New York enacted sweeping measures designed to blunt the decisions’ effects.

In an extraordinary session convened by Gov. Kathy Hochul that began Thursday and carried late into Friday evening, the State Legislature adopted a new law placing significant restrictions on the carrying of handguns and passed an amendment that would initiate the process of enshrining the right to abortion in the state constitution.

The new legislation illustrates the growing distance between a conservative-led court that has reasserted its influence in American political life and blue states such as New York — one of the most left-leaning in the nation, where all three branches of government are controlled by Democrats and President Biden easily triumphed over Donald J. Trump in 2020."

As for the EPA, the Guardian characterized it this way:

"In a 6-3 decision that will seriously hinder America’s ability to stave off disastrous global heating, the supreme court, which became dominated by rightwing justices under the Trump administration, has opted to support a case brought by West Virginia that demands the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be limited in how it regulates planet-heating gases from the energy sector.  

The case, which was backed by a host of other Republican-led states including Texas and Kentucky, was highly unusual in that it was based upon the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era strategy to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants that never came into effect. The Biden administration sought to have the case dismissed as baseless given the plan was dropped and has not been resurrected."

So the Court did not strike down a law, it prohibited the idea of such a law

Meanwhile the President made it clear that if D's gain 2 seats in the Senate and they hold the house, then he will support codification of Roe.

"President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade and federally protect access to abortion.

I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law and the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that, and if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be ‘we provide an exception for this’ — require an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden said during a press conference at the NATO summit. "(Politico)

 This election is not just about Roe, it's about sanity.  It's about electing enough Democrats to stop this rogue supreme court before it rules in favor of state legislatures overruling the popular vote.

Fourteen years ago I wrote about the Texas Taliban, which was the Texas Republican Party.  Now, after withholding approval of Obama's supreme court pick, and fumbling the ball with RBG, we find ourselves in the hands of a ruthless gang of the same religious zealots in Washington.

We need to do more than Dissent.

We need to resist.

And we need to VOTE in epic droves in November.

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