"This is the false piety hidden in the Republican Party’s zeal to roll back a woman’s right to choose. The sanctity of human life is all-important right up to the point when that flesh-and-bone child enters a world where programs designed to support women, the poor or households teetering toward economic ruin are being scaled back by a party that claims to be about family values." - Michelle L. Norris, Washington Post, The GOP roars about abortion. Then they abandon the children
The leak Monday evening of a 98-page basically telegraphing the looming overturning of Roe v. Wade changes the complexion of the Mid Term elections. No longer is it merely about policy of one real party, but an existential battle to save this nation from authoritarian oblivion. Because make no mistake, the Reep cult of Trump will not stop at abortion or voting rights - already maimed by the earlier SC Shelby decision- but every other presumed right. Forget inflation, whether you go into debt or pay higher prices for gas or groceries means nothing, nada if you have no rights left to exercise, whether whom to marry, whether to use contraception or not, or even have a right to health care. It's now time to get real, get serious and for the only political party left to play the fear card. Not only warning too many sleepwalking Americans what an absence of rights looks like - but what a nation hemorrhaging refugees will look like.
Worst case scenario now? The Reep cult takes over congress in the fall - thanks to too many voters in a funk over inflation - and goes all out to ban abortion nationally. This would even be in states like Colorado which currently plan to act as a sanctuary state for women seeking abortions if the worse comes to the worst. But even Colorado can't be a refugee state if the Repukes in control of both houses pass a national bill outlawing abortion, or a "personhood amendment". This is what people- especially vulnerable women - need to grasp and why it trumps inflation or any other issue. Bottom line: Americans' rights now are on the ballot for the mid terms, and they better wake the hell up.
NYU law professor Melissa Murray and Harvard Law Prof. Lawrence Tribe didn't make sport last night on ALL In, laying out the threat to all our rights in the wake of the draft leak. Assuming it stands (99.9% likely) and is finalized in the Court ruling in June, watch for a major assault on other rights - from use of artificial contraception, to marriage equality. In the last case the Right extremists will target not only gay marriage but interracial as well. Prof. Tribe saw a full scale assault mounted by the Republicans, and executed by their SC henchmen (and woman, Amy Coney Barrett) to repeal those rights arguing - like Alito did in the leaked draft, that: The Constitution makes no reference to contraception, gay marriage or interracial marriage, and thus no such rights are implicitly protected by any constitutional provision."
This isn't "histrionic", it's being brutally honest. Prof. Tribe is no joker or 'hair on fire' crazy, he's been at Harvard teaching the law for decades, so don't tell me he's hysterical or doesn't know what he's talking about. What had me taken aback is when he pointedly referred to Alito and his total "contempt for unenumerated rights under the ninth amendment."
Elizabeth Warren, also on the same ALL In, voiced support for "codifying" abortion protections by getting legislation passed to that effect. But as both professors noted, that would merely set the stage for the Right extremists on the Supreme Court to overturn that too. In the meantime, the only faint hope left is for American voters on the sane side to get energized and stay energized until they cast their ballots against the Repuke authoritarians in the midterms. Put bluntly, the GOP cult cannot and must not be allowed to gain the reins of power, not now and likely not ever, and certainly not until they are cured of their Trump authoritarian fever.
Anyone who might have considered - before yesterday - voting for a Republican in the House or Senate - say to change the inflation tune, now has to get real. Get his or her head and priorities in order. NO Republican is going to change or alter the inflation bogey, merely make millions of lives more miserable, say by cutting food stamps to save money and bankroll more tax cuts. And then, if they grab a majority, the misery will be piled on when they take away the remaining rights that Profs. Tribe and Murray believe are in their sights.
This is what it's come to, folks, and why whatever the voting plan was for the midterms, it's now scotched. The only voting plan left is NO Republican mid term votes! Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts in a recent column,