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This morning I decided to write a column that would give some credit to Senator Mitch McConnell for FINALLY enabling some actions to curb our senseless gun violence.
But as I typed, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was published, and I was reminded once again that all the small positive steps Mitch took (under duress, I might add) pale in comparison to the hellish theocracy he unleashed on this earth .
It was he who essentially ushered in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, opening the floodgates to the political money tsunamis that have so completely corrupted our legislative process. This, in turn, led to black money flooding Washington, even influencing the already corrupt and audacious ways in which McConnell stacked the Court with right-wing activists. People who promised that Roe v. Wade was established law, by the way. These justices fulfilled many conservative dreams this term and ended much of what made this country great: an uneasy separation between church and state, the ability of states and cities to regulate gun violence, and last but not least, a woman’s right. Choose.
Thanks to the right-wing Kentucky government, a trigger law makes all abortions illegal in Kentucky today, immediately at 10:06 a.m. It won’t end abortion, of course, but it will drive women into back alleys and dirty rooms where they used to have to go, die from unsafe and unregulated procedures. Under this trigger law, there are no exceptions for rape, incest or adolescents. Think about it for a minute. If a 12-year-old girl is raped by her father and gets pregnant, she won’t be able to get an abortion in the state of Kentucky. Even using safe and effective drugs.
Also remember how, in the leaked version, Judge Alito said that this ruling was only about abortion? Well, Judge Clarence Thomas (whose wife, Ginni, appears to have been heavily involved in the cancellation of the 2020 presidential election) said wait a minute. “For this reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of the Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell.”
Just to remind you, Griswold legalized birth control, Lawrence legalized same-sex relationships, and Obergefell legalized gay marriage. Theocracy is perhaps too weak a word to describe what is to come.
The only small positive is the tireless work of the Kentuckians who planned this parody. As Alex Acquisto has documented, groups like the Kentucky Health Justice Network have planned and raised funds for women to travel out of state to get the health care they need.
It is still deeply depressing that the personal power of Mitch McConnell for 30 years claimed so many innocent victims, including our democracy. And wait for his henchmen and wives to take on birth control and gay rights.
Here is the only thing that allows me to pass now. By his own account, McConnell’s gun move came not because he was personally traumatized by the thought of 19 dead children in Uvalde, but because of worries about lost votes in the suburbs. He wasn’t traumatized enough by Sandy Hook to do anything. Some Republicans supported the bill because of public pressure, hundreds of thousands of people protested and called their representative and senators to demand action.
It will take a long time to regain our democracy. Supreme Court justices are here for life. There are legislative remedies, but the only way to get them is to get rid of politicians like McConnell, Rand Paul, our local Republicans, and anyone else who puts personal power above the needs of women and children. It’s really the only way we can do it, but we all have to show up.
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