All of my adult life traditional religious Americans have been waiting for the chance to overturn Roe v. Wade. It has taken almost fifty years to assemble a conservative majority of Supreme Court justices who might overturn the 1973 abortion decision. Today a lot of the pundits were saying that the statements coming out of the hearings by the justices indicated that they were preparing to uphold the new law in Mississippi. This would limit abortions to pregnancies shorter than 16 weeks.
Now enormous pressure is being put on the justices to let Roe stand. Idiots like Senators Blumenthal and Schumer have made very ominous statements about the consequences if Roe is overturned or even if some stringent restrictions are made on abortion such as the recent Texas law. The more measured warnings include packing the court or restricting its jurisdiction. But Schumer actually made his warning sound like a personal threat against the justices themselves. Personally, I’m not surprised by these threats. The Democrats are gangsters who frequently resort to threats and violence when all else fails. One need look no further than the George Floyd riots to see violence and intimidation being wielded by the Left’s mob du jour.
The abortion decision will not occur until next June. This will provide proximity to the mid-term elections which will make its consequences even more interesting. If the Court strikes down Roe or even just confirms the more stringent Mississippi law will this galvanize democratic support next November? Or would it have the effect of encouraging voters on the Right who have been waiting all their adult lives to see the Supreme Court admit that abortion is not a constitutional right?
Speculating about something that won’t be known for another seven months seems kind of premature. But it is fascinating to think that such a momentous change might actually happen after all these years. And it makes me wonder what other alleged constitutional rights might be struck down in the future. My favorite would be affirmative action. The last time the subject came before the Supreme Court it was admitted by the Justices that it was indeed unconstitutional but that social pressures required it to be used as a stopgap method. That was decades ago. I think the impact from striking down all the affirmative action laws would be an order of magnitude greater than any of the other fake unconstitutional laws like same sex marriage because removing the affirmative action mechanisms would allow freedom of association to exist again. The government would stop telling us who we had to employ. We could once again hire people according to whether they were the best qualified candidates and not have to adhere to some kind of social grievance heat map to pick them.
The one thing I think could put the brakes on any actual decision is the fact that John Roberts might decide to vote for the conservative opinion. By virtue of being Chief Justice that would then allow him to write the decision and he could do anything he wanted including just sending this case back down to the Appeals Court to tweak their decision. And I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s a spineless weasel who never misses a chance to roll over for the Left.
But the political winds are shifting in this country. People’s eyes have been opened to how the people in Washington govern without caring what their constituencies actually elected them to do. If voting for change doesn’t work pretty soon, they’ll stop voting. And then they’ll look for change by other means.