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    • #492919
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      Here’s my quick analysis of the abortion issue: we need to take a step back and see the big picture. Our Supreme Court as an institution is no longer a judicial body; it is a political body that is unelected and whose charge is to carry out an extreme-right agenda that primarily benefits the fossil fuel industry, corporate power, and other anti-democratic forces that are undermining fair elections and personal freedom.

      Rather than rule on law, the justices are imposing laws that run counter to the wishes of the majority on almost every major issue: reproductive rights, gun rights, climate, consumer rights, Indian adoption laws. I’ll add that into this environment Chevron gets away with a private corporate prosecution of me that results in a 3-year detention for holding it accountable for massive pollution in the Amazon. Six right-wing judges on the Supreme Court are now trying to dismantle the “administrative state” which is simply code for blocking all attempts by our executive branch agencies to carry out the will of Congress on climate and other major consumer issues.

      It feels like a judicial coup. Industry ⁠— via an array of groups like the Federalist Society, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Koch Brothers funding network ⁠— are controlling our society for their narrow benefit via six judges: Gorsuch, Roberts, Kavanaugh, Coney Barrett, Thomas, and Alito. Three of them were appointed by Donald Trump after he lost a national election on the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. Our society has become deeply undemocratic.

      The original purpose of the Supreme Court was to protect the people from the government. The current purpose of the Supreme Court is to protect corporate and governmental power from the people. Stop kidding yourself that the Supreme Court is a judicial body. It is not.

      Six unelected judges are largely controlling the freedom and rights of over 300 million people.

      This is not good for the rule of law. It is not good for democracy. It is not good for the vast majority of people in the US. The problem of the US Supreme Court must be addressed or we will lose our democracy and our planet will continue to burn.

      In solidarity,

      Steven Donziger

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #492927
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Admiral Cochrane was an ass. Still is. He’s never around when we need him.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

      • #492957
        Punxsutawney
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        Are as much on board with this as ours are. No help will be coming.

        I know it was lounge in cheek.

        In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

        Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

        “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

    • #492931
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      mrdmk
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      I do blame the Democrats. Since 1973, the Democrats have been promising everything under the sun to protect Roe vs. Wade, except codifying the ruling into law. Year after year, with the majority of Americans in favor of such a law and putting the issue to bed in the books, these politicians use it as a campaign fundraiser. Now you have a Democrat President sitting in office saying Golly Gee Wilikers, we need more money to fight this problem. It must be real work to be a gifting politician.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #492939
      Pam2
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      “it is a political body that is unelected and whose charge is to carry out an extreme-right agenda that primarily benefits the fossil fuel industry, corporate power, and other anti-democratic forces”

      How does forcing women to have children they don’t want benefit these people?

       

       

      • #492945
        mrdmk
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        It is an empty battle cry of ‘Save the Children’

        So they could feel better doing nothing

        If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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        • #492988
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          This isn’t about providing cheap labor decades from now. It’s about energizing and exacerbating the culture war all while obscuring the class massacre taking place under our noses in the here and now.
          In other words, the same fucking game as always. It’s not that difficult.

      • #492958
        Punxsutawney
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        It gives the right a win, especially rewarding the Religious Right who’s preachers back the rethugs. Will keep them on their side. There will be other issues whipped up to keep them there.

        Keeps people from noticing the really nasty crap they are doing at the court right now.

        And as to extra babies, well more cheap labor for Corporate America and more bodies in the pews I imagine.

        In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

        Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

        “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

      • #492978
        Scott Crowder
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        https://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/defeat-the-right-in-three-minutes/

        Cheap-labor conservatives oppose a woman’s right to choose. Why. Unwanted children are an economic burden that put poor women “over a barrel”, forcing them to work cheap.

        "The possessions of the rich are stolen property." Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
        “The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” Edward Dowling
        "The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich." John Berger

      • #492983
        Cold Mountain Trail
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        Cheap labor and stressed out people who’ll do anything for a buck

        Thereby aiding and abetting all the dirty criminal business of the 1%

      • #493046
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        They look for individual words not in the Constitution and ignore the descriptions that fit those words. Everything from the real meaning of ‘general welfare’ to the wording of the 4th Amendment.

        You think our prisons are full now, just wait.

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
        If Row vs. Wade is overturned, women could lose the right to not get pregnant in 26 states.
        The Republicans are four year olds. The Democrats are six year olds. There are no grownups.
        Normalizing insanity has been the conservative's sweet spot at very least since the beginning..

    • #492992
      djean111
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      No need to explain why the US has slid further down the toilet.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

    • #492993
      Pam2
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      Cheap labor or more burdens on the state? Right wingers are supposed to be against that.

       

       

    • #492996
      Hobbit709
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      “We have a government by, for, and of the corporations.”-Rutherford B. Hayes, running for president in 1876.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #493012
      David the Gnome
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      Given that these “justices” are nominated by a President and confirmed (or not) by Congress, typically along party lines…

      No, the institution (of the sc) is not a judicial body.  It isn’t representative of the American people and only makes a vague pretense at being “constitutional”.

      It is a political tool used by whichever party happens to be in power to achieve their own agenda.  Often enough though, this institution serves to make both parties a lot of money.  Gotta keep those campaign dollars rolling in – Citizens United (more apt would be to call it idiots for oligarchs).

      When this supposed “judicial institution” decided that any amount of bribery, hard money, soft money, etc. Was just fine… Well, that kinda just confirmed what we mostly already knew.  We live in an oligarchy and it’s institutions support the oligarchs, not the public.

      • #493016
        Mr. Mickeys Mom
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        It’s like the supremes like to decide law, using the constitution intermittently along the way.

        a) The second amendment allows states to advance on that right to carry so that we can all open carry our way back into self defense laws of the old West

        b) With no law specific to privacy between a woman and her health codified, it assures that a pathway to this right is pushed aside with the State’s trigger decisions on that privacy.

        Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

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