The Kakistocracy marches on:
— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) July 10, 2018
The slow disintegration of rights is about to begin:
Make no mistake though: this is not a battle that can be sidestepped. The stakes are simply too high. On issue after issue, Kavanaugh promises to help roll back decades of societal progress and forestall lots more. What’s more, at age 53, he could well serve on the Court till mid-century if confirmed.
Take the issue of reproductive freedom, for example. As Supreme Court expert Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress explained recently, the notion that Roe V. Wade will somehow survive the addition of a fifth hard right justice like Kavanaugh to the Court strains credulity.
As Millhiser goes on to explain, the Court doesn’t actually ever have to write the five magic words “Roe v. Wade is overruled” in an opinion. It would be more honest and transparent to do the deed that way, but it’s much more likely that the Court will simply continue to uphold abortion restriction after abortion restriction. As Millhiser observes: "The Supreme Court, in other words, doesn’t need to explicitly overrule Roe in order to overrule Roe. It just needs to make it very clear that, if Texas wants to require every abortion clinic to have an operating room made out of solid gold, Texas is free to do so.”
It’s for this reason – even without an explicit overrule of Roe – that abortion (and even birth control) could be greatly restricted (or even effectively banned) in dozens of states. And so it will go with matters like LGBT rights, health care, environmental protection, gun control, worker rights and, tragically, gerrymandering of the kind in effect and under court challenge in North Carolina.
Not that we shouldn't barrage them with phone calls, but don't expect our two intrepid Senators to do the right thing:
In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law: https://t.co/zb07RLoBVn pic.twitter.com/kHFiFQfKxV
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) July 10, 2018
Tillis (R-NC): “Judge Kavanaugh undoubtedly has the right qualifications to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks in advance of his confirmation hearing.”
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) July 10, 2018
What a pair of oxygen thieves...
If congressional majorities defer too much to a president they like — whether it be Democrats deferring to Obama’s abuse of executive authority or Republicans deferring to Trump’s abuse of trade authority — they may well come to regret it. #ncpol #ncga https://t.co/8N8SzFDvn9
— John Hood (@JohnHoodNC) July 9, 2018
And once again I'm forced to say, you're way too smart to not know the (huge) difference between Obama's Presidency and the current tyrannical dolt. But you still play the false equivalency game, making your integrity the first victim. The following victims are the people who read that misinforming nonsense.
Thank you to @CabarrusCounty Sheriff's Office & Sheriff Brad Riley for standing up for crime victims' rights by endorsing Marsy's Law for North Carolina!#marsyslawfornc #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/GIEPWLAOqP
— Marsy's Law for NC (@MarsysLawforNC) July 9, 2018
Y'all need to stop calling this a "Law." It could have easily been made into a law, but Republicans decided to take advantage of the emotionalism surrounding it and cast it as an Amendment to flog their voters. That's right, the GOP will use anything, including a victim that was horribly murdered, just to get what they want. You shouldn't be happy, you should be furious.
low presidential approval ratings are correlated w/ significant gains by the opposition party in a Prez's 1st midterm election. Of course, past isn't always prologue, especially w/ this President in this environment. & note: he was elected w/ a -20 pts favorability rating #NCPOL https://t.co/baFmDiyER5
— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) July 9, 2018
Interesting additional statistic: 41% of Americans are fucking morons. Sorry, let me rephrase that: "Forty one percent of Americans are fucking idiots." Much better...
— Tim Funk (@timfunk) July 9, 2018
I wonder if Trump is getting a piece of that $15.99 action? They're both grifters, so I'm sure they'll work something out. And then betray each other...
"This is a very Democratic district, one that we failed to keep our eye on" - @DallasWoodhouse says he failed to notice white supremacist running as an #NCGOP candidate. https://t.co/8ugHeeXCP6 #ncpol
— Real Facts NC (@RealFactsNC) July 9, 2018
Oh, that is a steaming pile right there. When Dallas and Robin Hayes realized Democrats were about to run candidates in every race, they put on their own full-court press to copy them. Dallas knew damn well who *each* of the GOP's candidates were, and he might have even recruited this nut-job.
— Michael Bitzer (@BowTiePolitics) July 9, 2018
Not ready yet? What are you waiting for, proper instructions from Trump himself? Burr is worse than useless,...
"The Civitas Institute, a free-market think tank in North Carolina, estimated that implementing single-payer would cost a whopping $101 billion just in year one." h/t @Forbes @sallypipes #UniversalHealthcare #ncpol #ncgahttps://t.co/ATNfbQ7pAU
— Civitas Institute (@NCCivitas) July 9, 2018
The average family in the U.S. pays $10,000 per year for private health insurance, and their average deductible per year is almost $8,000. Do the frickin' math, instead of leaving out the most important part of the formula.
Today I learned that a member of the Kennedy family, former congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), co-founded a nonprofit "dedicated to combating cannabis legalization."@PunditFact found he exaggerates the link between weed legalization and ER visits#ncpolhttps://t.co/XzzQInEfFi pic.twitter.com/NS6PbPXTI7
— Andy Specht (@AndySpecht) July 9, 2018
There's at least one in every family...
— Nick DiCo (@NickDiCo) July 10, 2018
They should strike. And late September-early November would be an ideal time to do so...
On that hopeful note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 10, 2018
Funny/not funny. And take that picture 2-3 years from now, and she'll have an unwanted child screaming for attention.