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Sunday, September 09, 2012

And here you have it.
Posted by Jill | 1:21 PM
Roe v. Wade has been held up as the Holy Grail of reproductive rights politics for over a generation. NARAL has been so terrified that a case might get to the Supreme Court where Roe can be overturned that they've sat by quietly while personhood amendments and ultrasound requirements and other onerous restrictions on abortion have been put in place in an increasing number of states. At this point, Roe is largely symbolic. It really only exists as a benchmark protecting the arguably more important decision, Griswold v. Connecticut, which is next in the crosshairs of the misogynist right.

Most of Barack Obama's base is pretty damn disappointed in him. Some of the disappointment is like that of a child who didn't get the pony he wanted. Some of it is legitimate outrage at Obama's continuation of much of the Bush Doctrine in the Middle East and at his coddling of the banks. It's easy to be disappointed in him and insist that it really makes no difference who is elected in November.

Except that it does. If Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both retire, the next president will make two appointments. It's pretty clear that if Willard Rmoney is president, we'll see two Scalia/Alito clones. We've already seen what happens when an ideological court puts its own agenda ahead of the Constitution. Citizens United may very well allow the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson to buy themselves a president. Imagine two more of them.

Roe is just the canary in the coal mine for a slew of potential decisions that will reduce the rights of the individual, the protections of people against a corporate/police state and further concentrate power into the hands of the few. And Willard Rmoney made very clear on David Gregory's Hackity Hack Hack Hack Hack Show this morning that if he has his way, Roe will be history:

Well, I don't actually make the decision the Supreme Court makes and so they'll have to make their own decision. But, for instance, I'll reverse the president's decision on using U.S. funds to pay for abortion outside this country. I don't think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country.

Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue.

So unless you agree with the wingnuts that the dirty whores deserve to be punished with motherhood they don't want (because that's what it's all really about anyway), then yes, you DO have to hold your nose once again and vote for the lesser of two evils.

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Anonymous KanaW said...
That is the final thing it comes down to, isn't it?

Regardless of any personal politics, disappointment or approval of what President Obama has accomplished, if the Supreme Court moves any farther to the right, then any personal (as opposed to corporate) freedom for women will be down the tubes.

I know the Right is always quoting the "First they came for..." but it is even more apropos for women right now.

Anonymous The WP said...
"Hold your nose" platitudes are not helpful right now. Not voting is NOT an option. If you choose not to vote or to throw away your vote on a non-viable candidate, all you are doing is aiding the lunatic fringe right to win in November.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to live under a Romney administration.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
No, I don't. There are other alternatives. I'm tired of voting against the Republican instead of actually for the Democrat. And I do not consider it "throwing away" my vote. A vote of conscience is never a wasted vote. It's not as if Romney has any chance of winning the state he governed, anyway.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
And once again lies. "I don't think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortions in this country" Did Dancing Dave call him out on this ? Can't inagine he did but what undecided voter watches this crap anyway ?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"It's easy to ... insist that it really makes no difference who is elected in November." Didn't you learn the lesson of George W. Bush ?