California doesnít feel like a gun nut place and lots of people I met hated gun culture, but itís always there beneath the surface.
Not surprising the decisions are regressive when rules written in the 1700s are being used to justify decisions today. Sure, the constitution says people should have the right to bear arms, but when that's making it possible to have more than one mass shooting a day, maybe it's time to rethink some stuff not sure the guys in 1791 were expecting that when they wrote it (or if they were, it doesn't mean they were right!)
Well that was actually part of the problem with Roe v Wade, and why it has now been overturned; it was an attempt to crowbar the right to an abortion into law under the existing constitution. I.e. arguing that the constitutional right to privacy meant that abortion should automatically also be legal, which to me has always seemed like extremely shaky ground. Obviously abortion isn't mentioned explicitly in the constitution. This approach to gaining nationwide abortion rights was obviously easier at the time, with a more liberally minded court, than doing the actually democratic thing and making a law in Congress and the Senate that could then be protected by the court instead of struck down. In that sense, this is actually a win for democracy in that the elected state representatives can decide what to do for their state. If the people of each state don't like it they can vote to remove those representatives. The tragedy is that in the meantime, lots of suffering will be caused.
next on the list are Obergerfell (same sex marriange), Griswold (contraceptives) and Lawrence (same-sex sexual activity).
Wherever you stand on the issue (and I am 100% pro choice), pushing major changes to society via undemocratic back door means was never going to end well.
Scary times over there. The UK is a mess right now but it's looking blissful compared to the state of the US. Who knows what damage could be done by a Republican majority in both houses + Republican president come 2024, with the supreme court by their side.
We should be aware that our right wing looks to America for guidance.Last month, The Times published an article in support of overturning Roe.This is the kind of fight our right wing will look to have once they overturn the Human Rights Act
Quote from: Bradders on June 24, 2022, 06:32:33 pmWherever you stand on the issue (and I am 100% pro choice), pushing major changes to society via undemocratic back door means was never going to end well.This current court - in terms of representation - and this decision - in terms of public opinion - are both profoundly anti-democratic.
He said the decision is anti-democratic, I think it is democratic Or, to put it another way, it allows for a democratic settlement of the issue.
He said the decision is anti-democratic, I think it is democratic
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