This morning I woke up to the news that Roe had been overturned.
I wrote about the leaked draft of this opinion when it first leaked, and made the statement then that I believed it was but the first step in overturning a massive number of privacy related cases, stripping Americans of their right to privacy and turning the government into a Christofascist watchdog. Well, six unelected Christofascists not only took that first step today, but they also made it perfectly clear they're going to take future steps.
"Justice" Thomas (whose wife engaged in treasonous sedition to overturn a lawful election) wrote in a concurring opinion "...in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell."
If you look at the link above you'll realize I called two of these; Obergefell and Griswold. These two court cases, respectfully, protect the right to same-sex marriage and the right to purchase and use contraception. I did not mention Lawrence and clearly should have. Lawrence (Lawrence v Texas, 539 US 558 (2003)) struck down a Texas law that made sodomy illegal. The striking down of that law made it legal to engage in same-sex sexual activity across the country. It seems highly remiss that I would have left that off my list of things these fascists would seek to overturn. At this point in time we can return to the standards, right, keep playing the old hits? "We need to keep fighting!" "Elections matter!" "VOTE!" But, dear readers, I'm losing faith in the process of American government. The Republican party stole a seat on SCOTUS by refusing to consider President Obama's nominee. Since Roe v Wade in 1973, Jimmy Carter and the Dems had complete control of government during the 95th and 96th Congresses. The 103rd Congress met during the Clinton presidency and again gave the Dems total control. Then there was the 111th Congress under President Obama, again, a unified Democratic government. The 117th Congress (right now), oh yeah, again, supposedly a unified Democratic government. What has been accomplished? Nothing.
While some members of that nationalist right fixate on only one line in the letter; "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants," the rest of the letter is vitally important. The letter refers to a rebellion founded in ignorance, rather than wickedness. It says the people can not always be well informed, and here comes what I find important. "The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive." Yes, Thomas Jefferson calls a ton of you stupid from his grave. The misconceptions of Christofascists about a host of things; Replacement Theory, a Woman's Right to Choose, Climate Change, The Big Lie of a stolen election, the effectiveness of vaccines...etc...are WHY we are where we are. When a large percentage of people decide that their facts are important than the actual facts, you're on the path to destruction. America just keeps rampaging down that path, and I'm not sure there is a way back...