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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 24th, 2022, 5:32 pm

"Conservative" Supreme Court Justices' confirmation votes in the Senate, the year of their confirmations, and the percent of the represented population (parts of the country like the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with no Senate representation, are excluded) that opposed their elevation to the Court:

John Roberts 78-22 (2005) 36.8% AGAINST
Clarence Thomas 52-48 (1991) 52.0% AGAINST
Samuel Alito 58-42 (2005) 50.2% AGAINST
Neil Gorsuch 54-45 (2017) 54.4% AGAINST
Brett Kavanaugh 50-48 (2017) 56.3% AGAINST
Amy Coney Barrett 52-48 (2020) 53.1% AGAINST

(A state whose Senators split on support has its population counted half FOR, half AGAINST. Absences and "PRESENT" votes included as FOR votes. Population is based on the Census in effect for House Apportionment at the time of the vote, the main skewness from which is that Thomas' populations are based on the almost-ten-years-out-of-date 1980 Census.)

So right now, a majority of the Supreme Court -- all fairly aligned in their political perspectives -- is composed exclusively of Justices whose appointment was opposed by Senators representing a majority of the American people.

I might add that Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett were each nominated by a President who lost the popular vote when he won his election to office, and Gorsuch was appointed only after Trumpublicans in the Senate refused to hold a vote on Obama's nominee for eleven months.

Keep this in mind whenever you hear about governments "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 24th, 2022, 9:18 pm

It is truly shocking to me that a country as violent and replete with weapons as the US has not seen much in the way of political/judicial (to the extent you can make a distinction) assassinations during the last few decades. I predict that will change rapidly. Probably not to the level of Mexico, but maybe more like Italy. Or Colombia in the 80’s.
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 25th, 2022, 1:05 am

It is curious.

Maybe it's that most of our history of violence has essentially been committed by the political elite, to keep others in line. That was certainly how it was through slavery and segregation, and you could probably say also for labor relations through the industrialization period.

I don't think the overturning of Roe will result in, e.g., assassination of judges; the people harmed by the decision -- younger women -- sort of have had beaten into them that they are second class citizens and can expect to get pushed around.

It's more, per my perception, when people who view themselves as properly in power have it taken away that things get violent.

Why is Latin America different? Bolivar's time in Haiti? Dunno.
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 25th, 2022, 5:48 pm

 hemmm, how to be solved?
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Forbid abortion for republicans only ?
and forbid prevention for democrats only ?
or best solution, they must jump in same bed, one must have + and - to get electricity, like with like so bored they just watch tv or internet, or end up frustrated in the streets (of Chicago?) without even understanding why
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 25th, 2022, 11:09 pm

Well, “fuck Elon” is always a good start. But the victims of the evangelical Republicans are mostly neither Democrats not Republicans. They are just people. Mostly women and girls, whose bodies they will no longer have much say over, but there are obviously men and boys with an interest in the matter, too. Getting somebody pregnant is a bigger deal if it is a done deal at conception, with hard prison time to be served for trying to change that. Of course, it is just a matter of time before states will demand to track the menstrual cycle of all of those who they identify as female between the ages of 11 and 51. As well as a record of all planned trips out of state. Because, you never know what they may do in the Sodom and Gomorrah of, say, New York or California. This is much less of a joke than that little dust-up in Oslo yesterday.
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 26th, 2022, 2:18 pm

A pretty concise read on the evolution of Trumpublican and evangelical opposition to abortion: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ns-107133/
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 26th, 2022, 3:09 pm

Given that the cheapest and least inconvenient method of abortion is performed with medication, there is no prize for guessing that the primary provider in half the country will be Mexican gangs. They already have the logistics and distribution network. You thought the war on drugs was ugly? Wait until you see the war on abortion drugs! Because now the stakes are higher. It’s not just about denying people whatever pleasure and enjoyment they may derive from taking recreational drugs, now it’s about controlling their sex lives. Much more important in the eyes of their god!
 
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Re: Random Republican WINGNUTS (or RRWs as they are affectionately known as)

June 26th, 2022, 8:07 pm

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