The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling last week overthrowing Roe v. Wade is both the culmination of a decades-long strategy by the Republican Party and the religious right to which it long ago tied its fortunes, and the beginning of a long war by progressives to reclaim control of the Democratic Party from neoliberal elites. which they turned into a republican-light pseudo-opposition.
make no mistake This Supreme Court decision is a major disaster for women, minorities and anyone who wants a freer and more democratic society.
The wording of the ruling, penned by the Federalist Society’s fanatical Catholic theocrat Samuel Alito, makes it clear that it rests on an “original intent” concept of the constitution, in which laws are evaluated for their constitutionality on the basis of what the white property – Ownership, and in many cases slave ownership, by the founding men of the Constituent Assembly was considered the natural order of things. This so-called natural order included slavery, the genocide of Native Americans, second-class status for women and freed blacks, the denial of the right to vote for people – even whites – who did not own property, and the right to public trials by a jury from peers (except for the excluded populations, who were not even allowed to enter public stands in the courtroom, let alone a jury box, only a defendant’s cage).
Alito argued when he banned the national legalization of abortion rights and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health that abortion was not a longstanding tradition in American society. While this claim is patently false and ignorant on the face of it, if it persists it can and will likely and soon be used, as critics and even Alito supporters “Judge Clarence Thomas noted” to demand an end to federal protections for justify same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, a return to segregated schools, an end to all efforts at racial diversity in colleges, employment, jury selection and perhaps even racially balanced constituencies, etc.
This judgment is nothing less than the first step towards an 18th-century America.
That may sound apocalyptic, but it’s not. This is the morally battered and brutal world that the leaders of the Republican Party—a party with a shrinking and ultimately doomed demographic—have been quietly working to restore in order to stay in power as long as possible.
The damage they can do will be incalculable if not stopped.
Unfortunately, the opposition party in this country’s two-party duopoly, the Democrats, is not up to the task. Since the election of President Richard M. Nixon in 1968, or perhaps even earlier with the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the assumption of the presidency by Vice President and openly racist Harry S. Truman, the Democratic Party has been taken over by Wall Street. loving, pro-imperial apparatchiks more interested in clinging to the benefits of power than winning elections. What passes for the left wing of Congressional Democrats — the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders or Rep. AOC, for example — would be considered “moderate” in most European countries, and the majority of candidates the party leadership supports nominating for national offices are so compromised and lackluster that party leaders are unable even to enlist the support of their entire congressional delegation on bills such as applying the Social Security tax to all income as well as capital gains, or extending Medicare to people 55 and over, let alone because of all ages. Indeed, Democrats cannot rally enough support in Congress or convince Biden to forgive the nearly $2 trillion in outstanding student debt that is preventing today’s young people from buying a home, raising a family, or even to buy a car.
We must be clear that this state of affairs will only get worse as the ramifications of this new Supreme Court, which has taken this first truly blockbuster step to amend the nearly half-century-old precedent of Roe v. Overcoming Wade, moving further toward the goal Over the next decade, congressional districts, state legislative districts, and restrictive electoral laws were obscenely manipulated to protect their minority rule for years and perhaps decades, even if the white population of the United States shrinking to minority status.
There is some hope. The spontaneous eruption of angry demonstrations this weekend by women and the many men supporting them to stand up against this theocratic/fascist assault on their most basic human right, and polls showing broad and overwhelming support for abortion rights, even among Republican women (or of course! ), show that the bottom may be shifting. Young people, who have had a rather dismal record of political engagement lately, say they have been jolted awake by this catastrophe. Further attacks on the freedom and extended rights of minorities and on the female majority will further build this new awakening to a sense of existential crisis.
The danger is that the Democratic Party will do what it has learned best – channeling that anger to support the same pathetic collapse into compromise and sell-off that has been the party’s modus operandi for decades.
It will be up to genuine radicals to push for a truly radical response to this crisis.
The first step must be building a popular resistance movement, a movement outside of party control. Beyond the protest, this movement was intended to organize support for pregnant women who need funding, ridesharing and housing to travel to states like New York and California, which have vowed to keep abortions legal. Organizations and loose networks are already being formed for this purpose. Of course, some states will try to make it a crime to travel abroad to have an abortion, or to help a woman do it, or even to advise women about such options. But like the subway abolitionists of yore, we must be willing to take those risks.
Those who remember the bad old days of illegal abortions need to go public with their horror stories.
And with a crucial congressional election coming up this November, radicals need to make it clear to Democratic candidates that they won’t be reelected because of their party affiliations. Unless they publicly state their intention to support legislation that would protect access to abortion nationally and in all states by law and require coverage for abortion in all insurance plans and through Medicaid, and both to vote to impeach all these new Trump judges who lied under oath row v calf as “established law” or precedent, as well as Judge Thomas, who has repeatedly failed to retire from court in cases where his wife served on the Appellate Body or advised her, they do not get our votes.