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A Necessary Pause

May 4, 2022 pm31 11:07 pm

This is a pro-choice blog

We have been consumed with the UFT election. Understandable. It is local. It matters. It is closer than it has been in the past. But the world moves forwards.

Or, in the case of this country, and the Supreme Court, backwards.

Roe v Wade has been the law since I was a kid. Yes, I knew this was coming. No, it was not inevitable. And no, this has nothing to do with Jill Stein.

First take. We need some massive protests, massive pressure on the politicians and the courts.

Second take. We should be combining this with pressure on infrastructure, jobs. But mostly, other aspects of health care. We should be demonstrating to protect women’s right to choose, AND against the Bipartisan Murder of Medicare.

Third take. What sort of country is this, where this is even a question? Even if only a third of the population are against a woman’s right to control her own body… Jeez, what a sick place.

Fourth take. The Supreme Court is not about to make abortion illegal. It is about to decide that the question is up to the states. States rights? That’s a strange set-up, right?

There is something wrong with this set-up

Fifth take. So a country sets up its highest court in a way that makes it highly likely that court will be conservative. And the evidence is there. Proslavery for as long as possible. Antilabor for as long as possible. Anti-civil rights. And where there had been the slightest break forward, where the court began to move away from misogyny, boom, they come right back. I guess the problem is the court? Or the country that chooses to set up its highest court this way.

Sixth take. Who set up the court? Founding Fathers set up a court in a way that almost guarantees it will be conservative. A senate that over-represents rural areas that will be socially conservative, and even backwards. And fifty feudal fiefdoms (they only set up thirteen, but there’s the model), so even if ideas of progress reach parts of the country, smaller and more rural fiefdoms can stop that progress. The fiefdoms are called “states” but I figure you figured it out.

Seventh take. I didn’t answer. Who set up the court so that it was backwards, the Senate so that it overweights the influence of socially conservative areas, and the states, so that backwardness is allowed to fester? That would be a group of white men, half owned human beings as property, and the balance included their bankers and financiers, their shippers and suppliers. They wrote a constitution, which I learned in school was a masterwork of compromise, writing, and statecraft. Might need to unlearn some of that.

So, yes, today we must join the fight for a woman’s right to choose. It is not good enough to protect that right in our City and our State – but across this third of our continent. And we must join to that fight the fight to properly fund healthcare, and to make it available to all who live here.

But we must also cast a distrustful eye on the government, with divided and hard to pin down responsibilities, often leaving the most important, intimate decisions to the most reactionary parts of society. And perhaps with intent. We must review the founding documents, admit they were “defective from the start,” and look for something better.

Democracy—government by the people, or directly responsible to them—was not the object which the framers of the American Constitution had in view, but the very thing which they wished to avoid…The efforts of the Constitutional Convention were directed to the task of devising a system of government which was just popular enough not to excite general opposition and which at the same time gave to the people as little as possible of the substance of political power.

Teaching American History

In the United States at the present time we are trying to make an undemocratic Constitution the vehicle of democratic rule. Our Constitution embodies the political philosophy of the eighteenth century, not that of today. It was framed for one purpose while we are trying to use it for another. 

Teaching American History

5 Comments leave one →
  1. biden woes permalink
    May 5, 2022 am31 9:03 am 9:03 am

    the left sounding the bell as usual. this was a ploy to defer from the realities of the country which is in dire status….border, inflation, administration that is off the wall and does not follow the rule of law which is mind boggling

    • May 5, 2022 pm31 10:45 pm 10:45 pm

      This comment is an attempt to distract from the issue. Do you favor my body my choice when it comes to women? How about childcare so a woman in financial straights doesn’t have to consider an abortion for financial reasons? How about universal health care so having a baby and caring for it is covered?
      As for the court – if most states were pro-abortion states rights would be off the table.

    • May 6, 2022 am31 12:36 am 12:36 am

      They’re about to take away women’s control of their own bodies in half the states.

      And you would prefer to discuss a border wall?

      I get it. Pathetic, but I get it.

  2. Lucy permalink
    May 7, 2022 am31 6:42 am 6:42 am

    A society that does not hold human life sacred is doomed to suffer other human atrocities. As long as people believe that killing innocent, unborn, babies is OK and even encouraged, then what is to stop any other human to human violation? Is there a timeline as to when human life should be valued? Regarding the “my body, my choice”, I think that it was made quite clear by all parties that this no longer applies considering millions of us were coerced into getting the jab.

    • May 7, 2022 am31 7:31 am 7:31 am

      You are angry about getting a life-saving vaccine?

      And your response is that women should be denied the control of their own bodies?

      Sometimes people make some sense, but are wrong.

      Nope – you are wrong, and completely illogical.

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