Friday, July 1, 2022

breaking news - The People's Right To Go Ape-Shit


The world is probably scratching its collective head wondering A) Why my last two posts about National Citizens Conferences (I, II) are about fascist numbskulls & B) Why this post isn't a continuation of that topic when I said at the time that my next post would be:

Next post I'll talk about how the Shit-libs cluelessly insist on poking these people and getting them angry.

So the world's collective voice box says "Thwap, what gives???"

The answer to that question my friends is that I feel the need to comment on recent Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") ruling against women's reproductive freedom.  And to discuss my response to that I'd like to go back to the year 2013 and link to a post I wrote as a response to the Repugnican-controlled Texas legislature's abuse of process to nullify Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster of their anti-abortion bill. (I didn't actually discuss Davis's filibuster in my first post.  I wrote about other conservative and neo-liberal abominations and our overall failure to resist them.  It was only in my second post that it was the events in Texas (and, specifically, the physical abuse by the Texas Legislature security of Davis's mostly female supporters when they shouted in anger at how Davis's filibuster was being knee-capped by the Republican speaker) that inspired me:

I wrote this 2013 post as a reply to a comment saying that fear of police violence was a factor in people's reluctance to defend democracy. I was also, at the time, inspired by my anger at the treatment of protesters during Wendy Davis's filibuster of an anti-choice bill in the Texas State Legislature a couple of months before. I recalled seeing footage of goons from some Texas police force (state troopers or legislative security of some sort) roughly dragging away (mostly female) protesters when they shouted in anger at the way Davis's filibuster was being illegitimately attacked in bogus rulings from the Speaker of the House.

The anti-choice Repugnicans were inventing tricks not in the book to try to stop this legitimate use of a parliamentary tactic. Okay? Do we understand this? If you play by the rules to try to defend your rights, and your opponents break the rules to try to stop you, and use their power unfairly to impose their rule-breaking, they have renounced their claims to authority. They have no right to expect compliance under a system of laws, because they have violated the laws. And when citizens see their rights being attacked, and that this attack is being imposed illegally, they have a right to voice their protest.

Spectators in the galleries of parliaments and legislatures are not supposed to scream and shout at the representatives. This is because in large territories like Texas (or Ontario, or Canada) people who happen to live near the legislature shouldn't have the right to influence (or bully) the representatives of people who live far away. I understand this. But by the same token, when a highly divisive piece of legislation is being advanced, and representatives of people on one side of that divide are trying to resist it with legitimate tactics and the numerically superior representatives resort to brazen abuses to get around this resistance, then all the claims to sanctity of the legislature have been rendered null and void.

It is in that spirit that I would like to say that the building of the right-wing majority on the SCOTUS and its empowering of all the anti-choice Repugnican state legislatures is an indictment of contemporary progressive political strategy and yet further evidence of the need to recognize the people's right to go ape-shit when their lives are under assault.

So, first of all, SCOTUS justices are nominated by presidents.  If the presidents aren't there legitimately it should follow that all their appointments are null and void.  Partisan Repug hacks and corporate media stooges aside it is well understood that bush II stole his first electoral victory.  Therefore bush II's appointments of John Roberts and Sam Alito were illegitimate.

Perjuring themselves during Senate Confirmation hearings is grounds for impeachment.  Among other things, the alcoholic rapist Kavanaugh said he considered pro-choice to be settled law as did Neil Gorsuch.  Therefore they lied.  Therefore they should be impeached.  (If you look this topic up on the internet you'll find many raving right-wing shit-heads blathering about how if Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were lying then so was Elena Kagan who said in her 2009 confirmation hearing "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage." before going on in 2015 to establish the constitutional right to gay marriage.)  

A rather more mature version of this argument can be found here at Brookings.  It's not an unhinged rant but it comes to the same conclusion as the right-wing rants.  But this conclusion just doesn't hold water.  When Kagan spoke in 2009 the fact was that there was no federal legal right to same-sex marriage.  She helped to create one in 2015.  Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.  Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were speaking decades later about a precedent, saying that so far as they were concerned the issue was settled.  Kagan overturned no established rights in 2015.  Kavanaugh and Gorsuch just did in 2022.  They lied.  They should be impeached.  

It is clear that the Democrats are useless.  As Chairman of the Sentate Judiciary Committee, Biden helped arch-reactionary, self-loathing, right-wing pussball Clarence Thomas get confirmed by denigrating Anita Hill's testimony against him and forbidding other women from contributing corroborating testimony.  (Biden, after ensuring that the Senate did not hear this damning testimony, voted against Thomas's confirmation.  Eleven other Democratic senators voted to confirm him.  Given Biden's track record his "No" vote was most likely for theatrical purposes.  The same way his early career support for "Civil Rights" was mostly empty words and his real spending of political capital was to fight school integration.)

Biden still calls the stinking embodiment of corruption, Mitch McConnell a "friend" after McConnell's illegitimate styming of Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland because it was an election year and his subsequent shameless rushing through of Trump appointee Amy Coney Barrett in an election year.  By all rights Garland should be there and Barrett should not be.

The Democratic Party, the Biden Administration had a month to prepare for this ruling.  What strategy did they devise to counter it?  To once again fund-raise off of the terrorism of the Republicans and ask people to vote for their "lesser-evilism."  When Obama had a super-majority he did nothing, even though he said he would.

The system is against you, US progressives.  Going ape-shit is your only option at this point.

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