I tend to think of judges as protecting us from murderers, not as murderers. But the six Republican appointed judges of the Supreme court who overruled Roe V Wade have flipped the script. Though they will not literally wield the murder weapon, their cruel and heartless decision, will result in the deaths of women who can’t get the medical care they need.
Women are 14 times more likely to die by carrying a pregnancy to term than by having an abortion. The United States bears the chilling distinction of being the most dangerous place in the industrialized world to give birth, ranking 55th overall in the world. American exceptionalism at its most supreme.*
And let us not forget that the day before the Roe decision, our great protectors, decided that it was cool for people to be allowed to carry concealed weapons in New York. That ruling will open the floodgates for people all over the country to do the same. Rather than ensuring people’s safety, the court has inspired a new version of the wild, wild west. And there is one thing we know: guns kill!
The court also undid important environmental controls implemented during the Obama years that will increase pollutants and in turn lead to health problems and deaths of Americans.
The court’s recent ruling to reduce emissions control of power plants will have a deleterious impact on the U.S’s capacity to keep global warming at about 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Cristiana Figueres, the former head of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, recently described the world’s current trajectory as “a suicidal path,” and globally, the United States was already the most conspicuous laggard. The court just assured us that we are even more of a global menace. The majority of Americans disapprove of these decisions. Supreme in its extreme, the court has become a rogue institution that is disembodied from the will of the American people. Because of their decisions, more Americans will die.
With all the malarkey about democrats stealing the election, the real steal was on the Supreme court. Neil Gorsuch is only on the court through the benefit of Mitch McConnell’s chicanery, blocking Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland, claiming a justice shouldn’t be appointed close to a presidential election. And lo and behold, the trickster pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people again when he decided that his objection to the nomination of Garland didn’t apply to Amy Coney Barrett, who was put on the court weeks before the 2020 election. And then there is the the lying-to-your face antics of sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh, who swore he would uphold Roe V Wade because he believed in precedent. (Gorsuch swore the same thing)
Speaking about putting people’s lives at risk, the newest revelations about The Don’s actions, where five people died and many were injured, make it abundantly clear that he was not only expecting violence, but wanted to be leading the charge into the Capitol building. Any doubt about the Don’s “intent’ or what was in his mind, should be put to rest now.
Many of his supporters brought weapons to his rally, but his deepest concern was the crowd size, as many chose not to enter the Ellipse because their weapons would be confiscated. How crazy is that? (Amazing how things come full circle. We started with the lie that the crowd was the largest inauguration ever, and ended with concerns about crowd size. To The Don, “size” always matters!) Here’s what The Don had to say about the secret service’s actions of confiscating weapons:
“I don’t care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f-ing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here. Let the people in. Take the f-ing mags away.”
Exactly who were they there to hurt? I wonder where they got the idea that they were supposed to show up with weapons (including AR-15s) to a “peaceful” rally?
From Cassidy Hutchinson’s extraordinary testimony it was clear that The Don was expecting them to be armed, and more so, that he wanted to be at the Capitol to lead them. He fancied himself as the leader of a rogue army taking back what was his.
He ultimately was prevented from going to the Capitol, but was enraged that he was thwarted. Whether he actually tried to grab the steering wheel or put his hands on the throat of the secret service man in outrage, is not the point (though it is totally in character with something he would do given his belief that no one can prevent him from doing anything!) The point is that he was ready to lead the armed mob into the Capitol.
I keep wondering about what would have happened if he had gotten his way and been brought to where the rioters were. After all, he was the “fucking president” and how dare anyone prevent him from doing what he wanted to do. Would the Capitol police try to block him from entering or would they have ceded to his wishes and his angry mob just enter? Would he have led the mob himself into the Senate Chamber where the unAmerican betrayer of democracy, Mike Pence, prepared to read the electoral count and directed the insurrectionists to destroy the electoral votes? Would the mob, emboldened by his presence, perpetrate violence on lawmakers with him smiling, exhibiting complete indifference to the violence and potential death of members of congress?
If you recall, when Pence did not adhere to The Don’s request to withhold the counting of the electoral votes, he incited the crowd by tweeting:
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
Anyone who doubts that he would have stood by and watched the blood spill is deluding themself. The proof is that he did watch (I believe with a smug satisfaction) as the rioters beat police officers, destroyed property and hunted down lawmakers. He did that for three hours while everyone from his Ivanka and Don Jr, to Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, to Kevin McCarthy and other Republican lawmakers pleaded with him to do something to stop the violence.
His need for revenge and vindication, his desperate desire to stay in power and not be seen as a loser are so intense that he, to quote Machiavelli, would use “any means necessary” to prevail According to Cassidy Hutchinson, who was in the room when White House lawyer, Pat Cippolone, pleaded with Mark Meadows:
“Mark, we need to do something more. They’re literally calling for the vice president to be f-ing hung.’ According to Hutchinson Meadows response was something like: “You heard him, Pat, he thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.’ To which Pat said something like, ‘This is f-ing crazy.”
The Supreme Court and the former president of the United States; heartless, cruel, armed with anti-democratic beliefs, and very dangerous.
*In Mississippi, a Black woman is 118 times as likely to die by carrying a pregnancy to term than by having an abortion. According to the Mississippi Maternal Mortality Report, from 2013 to 2016, Black women accounted for “nearly 80 percent of pregnancy-related cardiac deaths” in that state. At present, there is only one clinic in the entire state of Mississippi to serve hundreds of thousands of women that might need to terminate a pregnancy.