“They really did it,” the Atlantic headline read. They really did. But it was a matter of inevitability at this point instead of a matter of question, and we didn’t even need the leak to know it. It was a massive, sustained effort over decades that would be applauded if it were not so misguided.
If you missed my thoughts on the leak about six weeks ago, here’s the link. Nothing I say now would change what I said then. Incidentally, it was my least-read blog of the year. I think it’s a topic nobody really wants to talk about.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg talked about it, years ago. Roe v Wade, I mean. She didn’t like it. I forgot about that but was reminded of it in recent days. She thought the law was too sweeping, too broad, too swiftly structured, and too vulnerable to attack. Clearly, she was correct. Put enough ultra-conservatives on the bench at the right time and, yes, the law can be struck. It was.
A friend of mine asked me “does this mean no more abortion?” No, it does not. In fact, the entire argument to strike it down isn’t even about the right to an abortion, it’s about whether the federal government has a say in it. This court decided that it does not, that each individual state must decide for itself. In defense of that argument, it does say right there in the 10th Amendment that anything not explicitly granted the federal government by the Constitution (like, say, freedom of religion or the currently misinterpreted right to bear arms) is left up to the states or the people. The Constitution says nothing about the right to an abortion, ergo it is a states’ right.
But the astute among you saw the loophole there, didn’t ya? “Or the people.” This is why you hear the sentence “Congress needs to codify Roe into law,” because that is who represents the people. If enough people vote for enough pro-choice candidates, they have the power up there to make the right to an abortion the law of the land. The Constitution, by the way, says nothing about restricting abortion rights, either, so the Supreme Court can’t get involved in that.
Codify is a fun word to say.
So, look, if you want a woman to have the right to choose what she does with her own body, want to see health care as a right in our country, and want to get a handle on the very American, very outrageous gun problem we are dealing with, vote for people who want the same things you do. Because people that don’t want those things, and instead want to restrict individual rights, put a gun in every pocket, build walls instead of bridges, waste the climate, enrich the rich while the poor get poorer, alienate immigrants, or otherwise follow the misguided teachings of shock jocks and ideologues, they are out there voting in droves. And, if you haven’t noticed, currently winning.
In other news, the January 6th committee has made a compelling case for charges of seditious conspiracy against the haplessly elected former president, Donald Trump, in my opinion. Told you he was a mistake. I wonder if his adherents take into consideration at all how many of his cohorts and family have turned against him? It’s a lot. Almost all. And I know why. So do you.
But I have noticed a shift in the level of fanaticism. Oh, there will always be those who think Donald Trump is the second coming, demagogues have a way with some minds, but many I have noticed who were on the Kool-Aid before are now saying things like “I liked him, but I hope it’s DeSantis now.”
Me, too, I tell them, I hope it’s DeSantis and not Trump this time around, too.
Not to say that DeSantis would get my vote, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Ronaldo over Donnie. Just the same I’d choose Gavin over Joe. I like Joe, he’s done an above-average job as president. But I’ve always thought he was a good #2 at best and feel he is certainly past his prime. I’m all about age limits in government.
By the way, that’s your race, I think, in 2024. I’m more certain now than when I first mentioned it a few weeks ago: Ron DeSantis vs Gavin Newsom. Pees in a pod, I say. Couple of slick, white, middle-aged males who are each wholly representative of the political party that they serve. Ought to be a riot.
That’s all I got for this week, folks. SSL. As I write this, Above-Average Joe is signing a bipartisan gun bill into law that, to me, looks toothless. But everyone gets to say they did something, and something was done. More is needed. On every cultural and political front, in the march towards progress, more is needed.
The overturning of Roe was a call to act. Rise above the zeitgeist, my friends.
Don’t leave it to the zooms.
Apathy ain’t gonna get it done.