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The right to choose abortion is not the in Constitution?

Really, Justice Alito?

WWhen the Founders wrote the Constitution, they didn’t write it for women. Nor did they write it for Blacks. Neither of these groups had any rights at all. Fetuses weren’t mentioned either. What do you propose to do with the three women who sit on the Court with you? And Justice Thomas? Should he have 3/5 of a seat? Interracial married couples had no rights. There was no same-sex marriage in the 18th Century. Will you propose to invalidate Brown v. Board of Education and Obergefell v. Hodges? The Founders understood that society and its norms evolve continuously and so provided the amendment process to modify the Constitution as customs and the country inevitably changed.

For centuries corporations had no voice, no influence in elections. They had no religious rights. But they have all of these now. Do you contemplate overturning Citizens United?

The filibuster is not enshrined in the Constitution.

Where is there a right to private gun ownership outside of a “well-regulated militia”?

Will you strike down Griswold v. Connecticut and the legality of contraception? If Roe v. Wade au goes down, will the morning after pill and the IUD be outlawed as well because they are effective when conception has already occurred?

Does the Constitution grant the right to ban or burn books that are deemed ideologically impure by a minority?

By striking down Roe v. Wade, you will open the door to revoking all matter of established precedents, profoundly changing life the United States as we know it.

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If Romney’s elected . . .

Rejoice if you’re a Republican.

In a chilling article (read it!) Jon Chait describes the dismantling of government programs as required by Paul Ryan’s budget as Romney has adopted it with few alterations. It has already passed the House. Even if Democrats retain their majority in the Senate, the following measures can be passed by a simple majority with the budget reconciliation process:

  • repeal Obamacare
  • lower income-tax rates
  • turn Medicare for people under 55 years old into subsidized private insurance
  • increase defense spending
  • cut domestic spending, with especially large cuts for Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs targeted to the very poor.

Other changes:

  • The erosion of Roe v Wade, which made abortion safe and legal throughout the country, will continue through legislation (as Paul Ryan indicated in the VP debate) until a woman’s right to choose termination of an unwanted pregnancy will  be illegal everywhere in the U.S.
  • The watering down or repeal of Dodd-Frank (regulations intended to prevent another financial meltdown; consumer protection)

If you’re a liberal, be very, very scared.

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