Welp, its been a hard week to be an American and a woman. I don’t usually use this platform to post political shit. I’ve heard it floated around author circles that doing so could alienate fans. I get it. However, sometimes something so egregious happens that speaking out is necessary. This is going to be a long post and its going to piss some of you off. To that, I say good. You should be pissed off.
I’ll get to SCOTUS overturning Roe v Wade and gun control in a moment.
First, watching the January 6th commission, I’m not really surprised by any of it. I’m not surprised by Trump’s actions, or by anything that has been said in these hearings. I said from the beginning that he was a psychopathic megolmaniac. Anyone who watched anything other than Fox news could have seen this coming. Fragile egos demand actions like this when faced with the reality that you have lost…anything but especially the presidency. What does suprise me, is that people still believe him and are screaming about ‘Merica and how patriotic they are. This man advocated and attempted to OVERTHROW a lawfully elected government. That is the antithesis of patriotic. That is treason.
Article III, Section 3, Clause 1: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
We all watched what happened on January 6th unfold on live television.
This was not an accident. If Trump or any of his minions claim that they didn’t know or didn’t understand what they were doing, that makes them either liars or incompetant. I guess which one would they rather be?
Stop enboldening him and hold him accountable. Grow a pair and do something about it. Appeasement didn’t work for Hitler and it won’t work here. We have to stand up as a country and say no, we will not accept this behavior or these beliefs as mainstream, because they are not. They are just the loudest.
Now, gun control. For those of you who don’t know the exact wording of the second amendment, it is below.
https://constitution.congress.gov › amendment-2
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
New York Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen this week, basically said that New York couldn’t regulate its citizens “need” to possess a firearm. This was a century old law that was overturned because SCOTUS interpreted the second amendment in the originalist context and said people had a right to bear arms. What they seemed to ignore was that this amendment was written in 1798 and everyone in 1798 had a fucking musket. If you want to make sure every american has a god damned musket, by all means. Let’s do that shit. However, unless you are part of a WELL REGULATED MILITIA, the government can and should dictate that you can’t have an AR-15. I just don’t get i,t when 80% of the country believes in some type of gun regulation. This is so far to the right to be ridiculous.
We have a problem in this country where we invest in the wrong things and then are suprised when our solutions don’t work. We don’t live in a society where you have to hunt for your food anymore, other than searching the local shelves for the can of olives because I’m not really sure why they keep hiding the olives. No one in this country who isn’t in, you know, the military and a WELL REGULATED MILITIA, needs a weapon of war. You just don’t.
People are getting shot in schools on a regular basis. I am scared every day my daughter goes to school that she may not come home. Because instead of investing in guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and general social servies, we stick a cop in schools which has harmful impacts on low income families and areas of color more, and with detrimental results. The data is there. We just ignore it. We keep throwing guns or police at the problem and that’s not the answer. That’s never been the answer. The answer is investing in social services – and giving people the help they need. They’re putting this type of model into practice in Colorado and its working.
Now, on to SCOTUS overturning Roe v Wade.
Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that this is about babies. You’re smarter than that. It’s not about religious freedom either, because this ruling directly contradicts religious edicts in Judism and others. This is about putting half of your population in their place. This is about control. This is a bunch of old men saying that I don’t have the right to control my own body. Because if this was truly about saving children, we would have stricter gun laws, we would have universal health care, we would have free pre-k, we would have universal parental leave that is PAID, free maternal health care, we’d have more social services to support the mother (like lactation consultants and social workers) and the child like guaranteed after school placement. We would have mandatory sex education. We would have low cost contraception (or free) and birth control. We don’t have any of those things.
This isn’t about babies.
There are alot of people, including some in my own family, that are throwing around spurious arguments about putting those children up for adoption. The reality is that there are already 400K children in foster care and no one is adopting them because they are too old, too brown, or too broken for anyone to give a damn about them. This doesn’t even address the real medical need for abortions in certain instances. These aren’t reasons from a news source. They’re from fucking doctors and you should listen.
I think some of you don’t understand what the orginal ruling of Roe v. Wade actually did. The below summarizes it best.
For those saying things like “the Supreme Court didn’t outlaw abortion, they sent it to the states to decide,” I remind you that Roe gave the decision to individuals, not the Federal Government.
SCOTUS took an individual right to bodily autonomy away and told states it was ok to write a law against it.
Stop pretending it’s not oppression. -Nancy McCall
In truth, women will die because of this decision. They’ll die because even if you ban abortions, they’ll find a way to get one-sometimes with deadly consequences. They’ll die because this child has upset their hormone balance and no one noticed and now depression has set in and suicide is the only way out. They’ll die because the man their with doesn’t want a baby or can’t handle another mouth to feed and domestic violence is a real thing that happens everyday. They’ll die because pregnancy is dangerous and complicated and sometimes it kills you.
But here’s the bottom line, it doesn’t really matter why someone would get an abortion, its none of your god damned business. I get that some of you have a moral aversion to abortion. My response to you is don’t have one. You don’t get to dictate to other people how they live their lives. Home of the free, after all.
I’ve also heard the argument that it wasn’t banned, that decision was left up to the states. Um, the states have already proven they are taking this away from half the population, either banning abortions or making it impossible to get one. This just makes poor people poorer, and those people are primarily brown.
Some of these states have also made it a felony to help anyone getting an abortion. Which means your poor uber driver who is taking someone across state lines is now able to be prosecuted for taking someone to a state where it is legal to have a medical procedure. People are erasing their menstral tracking apps like crazy because in some instances a miscarraige requires a medical procedure to abort the remaining fetus. Doctors are already worried about this.
We don’t hold men accountable for shit. No one is requiring that men pay child support because there are too many cases where men have escaped the responsibility of the children they create. Women do not create these situations on their own but we continually penalize women.
I’ve never had an abortion. I’ve never needed to have an abortion. I know people who have and it wasn’t done lightly. But at the end of the day, its not my place to tell someone else what’s best for them. You all wouldn’t wear a DAMNED mask. You protested about getting a vaccination but somehow, you get to dictate to every woman in this country what he has to do with her womb. You dictate that a woman has carry a child that she may not want, cannot afford, or may have been concieved in trauma…that, you’re okay with. Please explain the hypocracy to me because I just don’t understand.
SCOTUS has proven with these decisions this week and generally the GOP has shown that the only people in this country they care about is white, evangelical, men. The rest of us can go fuck ourselves. They have proven that because I have a vagina, I count less than those white men and the religion they hide behind.
I’m tired of people telling me I’m too angry or that I’m overreacting. The fact that women across this country aren’t burning everything to ground is remarkable.
I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed of our government, our leaders, and yes, our president. Do something!!! You have the ability to change the make up of the court and to those that say, he can’t do that. Oh yes, he can. He doesn’t have the balls and that makes me sad.
We are supposed to be this shining city on the hill. A beacon to everyone else in the world. We are not. We went back 50 years this week. My daughter now has fewer rights than I did, growing up. If you think they aren’t coming for other issues, like gay marraige rights, segregation, voting rights, and all those other social strides we’ve made (flawed as they may be), you’re not paying attention.
First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me