GRAY SKIES OVER DC

gray skies over DC

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision today to retire next month is terrifying.  It will transform the Constitution and this country for decades to come in ways that could drastically change the way we live and the freedoms we have.  We have taken things for granted and not been vigilant enough to protect our Democracy. That needs to change today.

Today the Supreme Court joined forces for real with the corporate attack on working people. The system is rigged right up to the very top. Save us, please, Mr. Rosenstein. Don’t let them get away with destroying our Democracy.

We have a 5/4 conservative Supreme Court: four extremely conservative Republicans, one very conservative Republican, two Democratic moderates, and two Democratic progressives. Most votes go 5/4 along party line. Kennedy’s’ seat is important because there were a few times when he sided with the left when it came to certain personal freedoms.  Kennedy sided with his liberal colleagues on gay rights and also supported Roe v Wade. Replacing Kennedy with one more ultra-conservative judge would mean a hard-line right court that would be able to put limits on the rest of us, based on their religious beliefs. We can’t let that happen.

The right’s number one objective is to overturn Roe, causing women to lose body autonomy, something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.  After all, it’s the 21st Century. We might not have equal pay yet, but we have the Me-Too movement.  I thought we were getting there. It’s outrageous that a bunch of old, rich, white MEN will have the right to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Can you imagine that happening to men? Not in a million years. We could completely lose our reproductive rights. Even if pregnant by rape, a woman could be forced to carry her rapist’s child to term. It could cost a woman her life in certain circumstances. Desperate women would result to backstreet abortions again like before Roe.  And anyone caught seeking or getting one could be tried for what? Murder? Trump himself said there had to be some kind of punishment. Women could lose the right to use birth control itself. It’s happened before. It could happen again. Yes, it really is that bad. Have you watched ‘THE HANDMAID’S TAIL?’ This is how it starts. Atwood was a visionary.

Some of you might remember the draft. If not, than perhaps your parents or grandparents do. When a boy hit 18, he was forced to register for “Selective Services.” From that they entered you into a lottery where, if your number came up, BAM! You’re a soldier. It’s one thing to join. It’s another to be forced to fight in what we now know was a useless war, carried on by a ruthless President for his own political gain, one who didn’t think twice about sacrificing tens of thousands of lives to get what he wanted.

In it, you were completely under the control someone who could order you to do pretty much anything, even if it meant certain suicide all because the stupid war increased the bottom line of a handful of billionaires. It was either that or prison.  Know a ruthless President who might get into a useless war, willing to sacrifice thousands for his own political gain? Have you HEARD of Donald Trump? Guess what...18-yr-old boys are still required to register. Why have a register if not to use it again? We can’t let that happen.

I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but I’m alarmed…with reason. Obama, an optimist, says “this is a moment of great urgency and you are right to be concerned.” He’s warning Democrats that we have to up our game. Another day I’ll focus on the things we can do to possibly stop this. But for now, I’ll just end with FDR’s “Today is a day that will live in infamy.” Gray skies over DC, indeed.

Jacquelyn

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