I believe this is the first time that I will be presenting to you a multi part blog. Normally I prefer to put out what is on my mind in one easy to read session but this week events have been so life changing and so complicated that to do so would be a disservice to you and to me.
Over the course of the next three days I will be writing about two extremely polarizing and controversial topics. There is no doubt that half of you are going to not even read this because your minds are made up. The other half will be looking for direction and help to state their feelings on these topics.
The good news is that I'm going to disappoint both groups, but probably the pro GOP/conservative side will be more unhappy. It is no secret that my position on things has been clear over the years in this blog. I have called myself a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. Many of you feel the same even if you don't realize it.
If you know me then you already know that there are a couple of things that I have no time for and no patience for in life, liars, inconsistency, and stupidity, the holy trinity of anger for me. While I have my beliefs I also don't begrudge anyone for having different ones of their own. It does drive me nuts when their beliefs don't have any rhyme or reason and are not fact based but whatever rocks your boat. I just don't want you to force your craziness on me.
So, having laid out that groundwork, off we go into certain blowback and disdain from many of you.
This week John Roberts and The Supremes offered up two completely differing opinions and decisions that will be ground zero for social unrest and potential life changing events in the near future. Besides being highly controversial they are wildly conflicting in their rulings.
First they ruled that states have no right to limit ownership, carrying, or using guns in public. Their decision turned back a law the State of New York had in place that said if you want to carry a gun outside the house you must give a reason why you needed the additional protection and then the state would decide if it was a valid reason. This, they said, was only the right of the federal government to decide and states have no say on this.
Yesterday they agreed with Mississippi who said that abortions were illegal and that life begins at 15 weeks and that you cannot abort, for any reason after that. The problem is that most women don't even realize they are pregnant until about 18-20 weeks so effectively this ruling eliminates Roe v. Wade and abortions. They said that the federal government has no right to be involved in abortions and that it is up to each state to decide their position.
Today, even the USA Today opinion section agrees with me on this point. How can you have two back-to-back rulings that contradict themselves? First the states have no right to decide and then the states are the only ones that can decide. Which is it Supreme Court? This is the courts making decisions based on personal beliefs and not on the law.
If you don't think this kind of stuff bothers people then you haven't been paying attention to the past fifty years. Conservatives have railed for years about the liberal courts ruining life in America, they have made it their main tenant in the GOP to install as many conservative judges as they can when they are in power. Now the liberals are seeing how it feels when the shoe is on the other foot and decisions go against their beliefs. I'll get into what can be done to fix this in a later blog.
Tomorrow I will dive into the cesspool of gun control/gun rights and then I will tackle the hand grenade topic of abortion. Monday I will discuss what will happen going forward and Tuesday I conclude with what can be done going forward. That makes this a four part series. My prediction is that there will be sixty percent fewer eyes on this blog by the final installment.