Monday, January 16, 2006

 

A case for letting Roe v Wade go

There's an interesting case being made on Daily Kos for why the Senate Dems may not be considering filibustering Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, and it's an interesting one. I have something to add, however, to assertions that Alito might not represent a net change on the Court:

It might be time for Democrats to let Roe vs. Wade go and fight this battle on our terms.

Since Barry Goldwater's time, Roe vs. Wade has been THE issue for the Republican Party. Overturn it! Run the goddamned babykillers out of the country on a rail! Grab the pitchforks and torches! The business/corporatist wing, which has in recent years become the silent partner in the GOP, doesn't care a whit about Roe vs. Wade, but they enjoy being in power, so they go along with this radical agenda espoused by nutjobs like Sam Brownback, Tom Coburn, and Pat Robertson.

And it is a radical agenda, because the reality of the situation is this: a solid, and I mean solid, majority of Americans do not want Roe vs. Wade overturned. Oh, you can formulate polls to make it look like chipping away at RvW would be good politickin', but depending on who you hear from, between 60% and 70% of those polled thought that Samuel Alito should not be put on the Court if it was clear he was going to overturn RvW.

Perhaps this was the "Silent Majority" the Republican Party used to be so fond of citing.

And perhaps a third of those "don't-overturn" poll participants are a bit apathetic toward the act of abortion, if not the right to privacy? My point is this - the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, which I have full confidence will happen in two to three years when Mr. Alito is confirmed, will

A.) Cause immediate changes in state laws across the south and middle of this country
B.) Cause the rest of us to hang our heads in shame at our own backwardness
C.) Bring about the end of the modern conservative movement

As I noted above, RvW is THE issue for modern conservatives. Overturn it, then what comes next? There's no more agenda. Nothing. Quite simply, abortion is the reason why conservative evangelical Christian church-goers got involved in politics.

On the other side of the aisle, if RvW is overturned, the issue becomes Democrats' Alamo. Our rallying cry at the state level in the West, the east, and the Midwest, and certainly takes away a criticism of Democrats in the South. Those apathetic opponents of overturn will become more active when they see the culmination of a vast Right-Wing march against the right to privacy and self-control, and it most certainly will not be activism for the Republican Party. We live in a time when libertarian interests - namely, privacy and personal liberty - are closely aligned with those of the Left, and we should be exploiting this alignment, even before the Fall of Roe vs. Wade.

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As I mentioned a while back, revealing one's true identity in the blogosphere can lend itself to interesting changes in credibility - MDE seems to have found this out in a very interesting way, live-blogging (okay, one-line entries, but still) from the recent DFL Feminist Caucus's Gubernatorial Candidate forum, even getting a shout-out from the moderator. I'll be talking to my sources and finding out what I can about the event, and will try to have a post up on it later today. Until then, however, work awaits.


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