It is time to look at what the Republicans are trying to say as to why they would continue to support a self-confessed sexual assaulter. They all claim that the Supreme Court is at stake and they need to make sure that they get Justices that “will protect the Constitution”.
That sounds like a reasonable argument, except they are not interested in “protecting the Constitution” they are looking to change it through a Conservative Court that does not care about civil rights.
Number one on their hit parade is Roe v. Wade. They want that decision overturned. Do they want it overturned because they believe in civil rights? No, the want it overturned because they want the right to tell women what they can do with their own bodies.
They are not just interested in overturning Roe V. Wade, they want the Supreme Court to rule that birth control is also an abortifacient and therefore illegal. That became very clear in the Hobby Lobby case over the Affordable Care Act. They declared that birth control was a form of abortion and the conservative side of the court bought their argument.
As a result of that ruling, millions of women lost birth control as part of their health insurance. Republicans want that number to be 100 percent. They try to disguise it in “religious freedom” or “pro-life” issues. But what they really want is to control women, nothing less.
Another thorn in their side is the same-sex ruling of the Supreme Court. They want that overturned also. Only they don’t have a Constitutional argument about same-sex marriage. The Constitution doesn’t even mention marriage. So, there is no Constitutional argument against it.
As a result they claim that it is a sin. Therefore, since it is a sin against their god, they believe that each state should be allowed to decide if someone is married or not. That way the states they control can outlaw same-sex marriages and not even recognize marriages conducted in states where it was legal.
One they get a conservative court to rule in that manner, you will see more laws passed that outlaw other marriages. We may even see inter-racial or inter-religious marriages denied and outlawed. You cannot totally control your people if they can do anything they want, like marry the person they love. You need to have control over their lives so you also need control over their marriages.
This isn’t really about “protecting the sanctity of marriage” it is about “race purity.” That is all it is about. There is no other answer or reason for their hatred of these marriages.
Republicans want to establish bans and/or religious tests in order to be considered for immigration. This isn’t to stop “terrorists” from entering the country, it is to stop non-white non-Christians from entering the country.
Only, the Constitution does not allow religious tests. Therefore they need a Court that will disavow the constitution and allow these religious tests for all immigrants. Of course Republicans aren’t calling them “religious tests” they are calling them vetting. In Trump’s case “extreme vetting” which includes questions about whether the immigrant “loves America” and be better be able to assimilate according to their definition of assimilation.
Conservatives want to be able to “racially profile” people to blame for crimes. They also want “stop and frisk” laws that will let police stop anyone for any reason to question and frisk them for contraband.
Problem is that the Fourth Amendment says police cannot simply stop and frisk people or racially profile people because people are protected from “unreasonable search and seizure.” Something very inconvenient if you want to jail all of the minorities in the country.
Then there is the “voting rights” issue. Republican controlled states want a Photo ID law to prevent certain people from voting. I know there are lots of arguments about using photo IDs to vote, but the real reason is to keep minorities, elderly, and young people from voting.
Republicans don’t want these groups voting because they normally vote Democratic. And, you know they are really “voting suppression” laws because the photo IDs that are required are the very ones that minorities, elderly and young people do not have.
As the courts ruled in the North Carolina voter ID law, the legislature looked at the types of photo IDs that minorities primarily have and surgically removed them from the law as useful when voting. They even went so far as to say the Student Photo IDs from state Universities were not good enough. But, a firearms photo Id was good enough.
They want to gut our public education system. They use the phrase of “choice” as their excuse. What they really want is to use taxpayer dollars to fund private “Christian”, meaning segregated, schools.
That will gut funding for public schools and mean that minority children and children with disabilities will be left behind. Since Republicans, specifically conservatives, don’t care about these children, that is okay with them.
These are just a few of the things that Republicans, especially conservatives want for the country. That is why they claim the Supreme Court is at stake in this election.
They are trying desperately to get another Jim Crow court. They want to roll back all of the civil rights that we enjoy. They want segregation returned along with total control over women. They want to shut down our borders so non-white non-Christians cannot immigrate to our country.
If Republicans win this election, that is what we will get. If we are lucky. More than likely, if Donald Trump becomes our President, like Governor LePage of Maine says, he will go authoritarian.
When conservatives say that the Supreme Court is at stake in this election, they at correct. Problem is they aren’t interested in preserving the Constitution or our civil rights. They want to roll them back.
This year it is important to defeat the Republicans all the way up and down the ticket. Otherwise, we will lose our way of life and our democracy.