It is late Friday morning as I commence to pen this. That is important in both relation to the title and the fact that some of the subjects of my comments are dynamic in nature. If you want to display your ignorance of contemporary American politics all you have to do is say something along the line of all politicians are the same. That is uttered everyday and is a major reason America often finds itself on the wrong track. The events of the last 24 hours are a crystal-clear illustration of that!
Thursday morning the Supreme Court overturned New York’s law regulating the carrying of concealed guns. The 6-3 decision, (Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas were the six), was an overly broad “interpretation” of the Second Amendment. If you want to go to original intent, I think it is safe to assume the Founders intended to protect not endanger American lives. They were pro-life.
A bit later that morning the FDA ordered Juul to stop selling its product in the United States. That will help save lives. In my mind that qualifies as pro-life.
The current Court is controlled by a Republican majority and the current FDA is a part of the executive branch which is controlled by the Democrats. Don’t give me the argument that the Court is non-partisan. If you truly believe that go feed the unicorns on your roof and while you are at it make sure that Santa’s reindeer have a good landing place.
That evening the Senate passed what I had previously labeled a crummy (as in inadequate) gun safety bill by a vote of 65-33-2. The 33 nays came from Republicans John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Braun of Indiana, Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Josh Hawley of Missouri, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, James Inhofe and James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Rounds and John Thune of South Dakota, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, along with Dan Sullivan of Alaska. (For the record the two no shows were Republicans Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.) Unsurprisingly every Democrat voted in the affirmative.
Boozman, Crapo, Grassley, Hoeven, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Rubio, Scott of South Carolina and Thune are running for reelection this year. Keep that in mind. They have so little respect for your right to keep living that they voted against this bill. You might want to show them what you think of them this fall.
On Friday morning the Court announced its decision to uphold the Mississippi abortion law in Dobbs again by a 6-3 margin. The radical right wing majority, (despite the fact that I almost always disagree with them, I have to much respect for conservatives to call this crew “conservative”), seized the opportunity to expand their decision by simultaneously overturning Roe; this time by a 5-4 margin with Roberts trying to “split the baby” (no distasteful pun intended!).
Among other repercussion many women, especially poor women, will die as a result of this decision. Because of the influence of money in politics and the Republicans’ need to keep those with the poorest critical thinking skills in their camp they have become the pro-fetus party; pro-life, I certain beg to differ and they clearly illustrated that this past week!
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