Friday, June 24, 2022

Breaking: Everything

The REAL issue. Gee, I wonder why: "To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go." Too bad our only national election is for POTUS. And we flubbed that one, too.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was more succinct about the impact of the ruling and simply said, "People are going to die because of this."

To quote the response of Moriarty from the Frumious Bandersnatch Sherlock Holmes series when Holmes says almost the same to Moriarty:  


And yes, I am comparing the Supreme Court to the most notorious villain in the entire Holmes ouevre, and so one of the most notorious villians in literature. 

The Constitution does not protect people.  It protects things and ideas (barely), but not people.  The 2nd Amendment now, per the Supremes (Thomas, again) protects guns over public safety (i.e., the safety of people).  Ideas ("mah gun! may freedumb!") over people. The "substantive due process" cases Thomas wants to overturn all date from the Warren Court forward.  The rulings he complains of are the rulings that protect people.  Shelby shredded the Voting Rights Act because, in the wake of the Civil War, the country moved to make the Constitution protect people. The VRA enacted the provisions of the 15th Amendment; but that protected people (almost 100 years later), and so it was a bridge too far in restricting states rights.  States are sovereign; people are...obstacles. 

Birthright citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment, the middle of the triad of post-Civil War Amendments. And yet John Eastman won Trump's heart by arguing that is a false concept (goodbye, Obama!).  What is radical now will become commonplace soon.  Brown v. Board, Obergefell, Loving (funny Thomas leaves that one out of his litany!), Griswold:  all extending constitutional protections to people.

And we can't have that, can we?

Lochner, here we come!

No comments:

Post a Comment