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The Supreme Court is turning our world upside down.  We tried to tell the Democrats, but did they listen?  Not so’s you’d notice.  Somebody has to light a fire under them, and I guess that somebody has to be you and me.  From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade Are in Mortal Peril

Brent Budowsky

The United States Supreme Court is moving to reverse long-cherished American notions of constitutional law.

The divisions that plague American society have invaded the sanctity of the court, with angry dissents and at times personal criticism among justices that illustrate both the passions and dangers of the debate.


These events escalate a pattern of extreme actions that violate cardinal American ideals on matters including torture, the Geneva Convention, attacks on the Bill of Rights, presidential assertions of authority to violate statutes with non-binding statements, secrecy of unprecedented scope, the inability of Congress to perform its historic function of preventing executive abuse, and now a bitterly divided Supreme Court that threatens values long thought to be part of our national consensus...

We can no longer believe that Brown v. Board of Education establishes a national consensus on policies that promote integration versus those that tolerate segregation.

We can no longer believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law, based on a societal consensus, that protects a woman’s right to choose. Make no mistake, Roe v. Wade stands in mortal peril of being overturned or dismembered by the current court, and almost certainly, by the next court if another conservative justice is appointed...

Justice Scalia is right about one thing in his bizarre attack on the chief justice: It is time to state clearly what is happening. What is happening is a direct and aggressive attack on core constitutional values by multiple sources including the president and the Supreme Court...

There is much to discuss on the Fourth of July.

Liberals, libertarians, strict constructionists of the Constitution and true conservatives should see what is happening clearly, and mobilize to stop it.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and to Bill Alexander, then-chief deputy whip of the House. He is a contributing editor to Fighting Dems News Service. He can be read on The Hill’s Pundits Blog and reached at

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Carolyn Kay

The excerpt above is posted with the full knowledge and permission, even encouragement, of the author, who wants his essays to be read by as many people as possible.

Originally posted to cmkay on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 06:15 AM PDT.

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  •  While our newly appointed wingnut Supreme Court (0+ / 0-)

    is fully able to overturn Roe, they won't.  Just as they didn't totally overturn Brown.

    They will pick it to it's near death, like a vulture.  They will not overturn it.  Without the angst of the right wing crazies, the Republican party is nothing.  They NEED Roe to continue in at least some seriously watered down way to continue the right wing hair pulling and wailing concerning this issue.  This gives their party power over the crazies and allows them to continue to ACT like they are serious about overturning these judgements, while they are TOTALLY serious about NEVER overturning them.  

    If you overturn the laws that make the slimy base of the Republican party what it is, you give them nothing to continue to rally around.  Be assured, Roe will be weakened, perhaps greatly by our new activist Supreme Court.  It will not, however, ever be overturned.

    I'll have a Democrat for President and a Democratic Congress for dessert, thank you. -6.00, -6.21

    by funluvn1 on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 06:23:59 AM PDT

    •  Warren Court vs. Roberts Court (2+ / 0-)
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      annrose, yoduuuh do or do not

      The Right needs keep feeding red meat to the base so they will aim for the death of a thousand cuts instead of an outright beheading.

      But this should be a wake-up call to the Left.

      Several factors  mobilized the Right Wing and reaction to the liberally "activist" Warren Court was a big one of these. Now that we have a conservatively activist Roberts Court, perhaps the Left will begin to wake up and organize itself again instead of letting the Right steamroller over it. The virtual overturning of Brown and Roe, big objectives of the Right, ought to light some fires on the Left to take America back from the crazies.

      Live unity, celebrate diversity.

      by tjfxh on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 06:45:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The political response (0+ / 0-)

        No question that this needs a response, and pronto.  What we need to do in '08 is repeat like a mantra that Brown was overturned,1 and that Roe is next.

        Heck, there are enough smart people on DKos w/ the ability to pony up a few bucks apiece to start up a 527 or 501(c)(4) to make sure that that message gets heard (incidentally, that's why I'm no fan of campaign finance reform; the ability of citizens to pool resources and be heard is a good thing, not a threat to the republic).

        1 I can't say I'm enamored of Brown.  I may be the only non-kook to cop to that (although it may just mean I'm a kook...), but the larger point is that if the right will overturn Brown, they'll overturn anything.

      •  Yeah, and it's not just the "left"... (0+ / 0-)

        ... it's the "moderates" who are content to vote Republican because they believe that the rhetoric is just "pandering to the base", and they'll "never actually go that far", and "everything will be OK".

        And if all else fails, they won't care about what happens until it affects them personally.

    •  No, you have it wrong... (0+ / 0-)

      ... the wingnut base will always find something to rally around.  You think they will stop at overturning Roe?  Hardly.  They won't stop until everyone is forced to convert to Christianity and all heathens are burned at the stake.

      What they will lose is the faith of the "moderates" and "independents" that somehow everything will be "OK" and we aren't turning into a theocracy, which is what began to happen around the Terri Schiavo scandal.  That's when the moderates really did a double take and realized that the separation of church and state was in grave danger and a steady stream of defections began and hasn't stopped since.  It's continuing past the midterms, in fact.

      So, yes, you are right that they won't overturn Roe v. Wade, but your reasonning why is somewhat flawed, and the person who will hold back is Justice Kennedy not anyone else in the "conservative faction".  Trust me, if Scalito (and by that I mean, both of them), Thomas, and Roberts had the fifth vote, they would overturn Roe in a heartbeat.

  •  And then they came for me.... (4+ / 0-)

    We tried to tell people that this was coming.
    Women and children first!
    The wingnuts need cannon fodder and cheap labor.

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