6-3 Federalist bloc removes federal right of privacy

This is what the Federalist Society was founded to do, march carefully curated Culture War-based cases into a Supreme Court with a majority Federalist Society membership to reshape American society back to the way it was in 1868. Of course, their preferred body of law stops in 1788 when the Original Constitution was adopted, before those pesky wartime amendments trying to guarantee so-called federal rights of citizenship to former slaves and everybody else in the country against the incursions of their sometimes repressive states.

But declaring state laws that remove basic privacy rights constitutional, laws that forbid the victims of rape from seeking medical abortions legally, requiring the rapist’s baby to be carried to term by the victim and born, that make no exceptions when the life of the mother is in danger, could these pious, unappealable, filibuster-proof 51-49 confirmed motherfuckers be any more audacious?

One looks in vain for a coherent “ideology” among these culture warriors. At the same time six religious fanatics overturn the federal right to privacy and bodily autonomy (under the rationale that states know best), we have States Rights, cited so often by right wingers, struck down when these states “infringe” an important principle recognized in 1788, in 1868, that under the Second Amendment Americans have the recently enumerated right to bear guns wherever they go, and any kind of damned gun they want. Black klansman Clarence Thomas made that clear in his recent striking down of New York State’s gun laws requiring special circumstances for a concealed carry permit for a deadly weapon.

Imagine if those demented patriots on January 6th had all been able to exercise their sacred Scalia-created federal right to carry concealed firearms wherever they chose to carry them. Pence and Pelosi would be dead, martial law declared by Trump and guys like me would be writing blahgs from the crowded trains to MAGA reeducation centers (best case scenario…).

Oh, yeah, suck on your alleged rights to a so-called Miranda warning, skels. You look guilty anyway!

If you had any doubt about the war that we are currently in, a war as implacably cold as any cold war in history, where one side, armed and angry, has the presumptive right to make the other side, the 70%, do what they say on fear of death, well, if 50 million more of us don’t get out and vote in 2022, and put a filibuster-proof majority (52 actual defenders of democracy) in the Senate, while maintaining the House, I’ll be seeing y’all in the camps.

That’s the most anodyne way I can say it, no point picturing guys like me swinging from ropes in front of righteously hopped up mobs. How depressing is that image in the land of the free and the home of the heavily armed?

Hate, rage and incoherence can’t win. Half of you who took no side in Trump v Biden, we’re counting on you. Democratic debate or simple hatred, democracy or allegiamce to a debunked autocratic lie, pick a goddamned side.

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