"We've tried voting and it didn't work."

Yeah, no. One time this century we got above 60 for generals and 50 for midterms isn't really a sound argument.

fairvote.org/voter_turnout#vot

The right to privacy --- which includes the right to decide whom to love, marry, have sex with, whether and how to bring a child into this world --- does not belong to a handful of right wingers who got appointed by Presidents who lost the majority vote.

No Court can tell me with a straight face that a legislature owns my choices, that this is what their god or James Madison "originally" wanted for me. The idea is insulting nonsense, fit for medievalists not modern people. Suddenly we are forced to defend ourselves from 14th century religious zealotry the way our ancestors had to defend themselves from 18th century imperial tyranny.

Looks like an overwhelming majority agrees.

Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court collapses as just 33% agree with decision to overturn Roe v. Wade-
news.yahoo.com/poll-confidence

Let's make a prediction: not very long.

I think conservatives are going to find that the Constitution is just a piece of paper. Legitimacy in government stems from the people, not from fealty to a document from a bunch of pre-industrial slave owners. It worked in the past two centuries because we believed it did. They have shattered that belief.

They have flagrantly misused the inordinate power they have based on their overrepresentation in the Senate and Electoral College and have no desire to uphold norms or act as stewards in their minority rule.

You have one party that at the very least will leave your privacy alone. The other one is coming for all of it.

Opinion | Thomas remains an outlier in targeting other privacy rights — but for how long?
The Dobbs dissenters are correct that the logic of the majority threatens contraception and same-sex marriage-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Too much mayo now can get you the death penalty.

And that’s what open carry does for society.

And somehow people having more guns everywhere seems like a great idea for Republicans.

Man killed Subway worker over ‘too much mayo on his sandwich,’ police say-
washingtonpost.com/nation/2022

If the Republican SCOTUS justices are originalists, the Heller case would be ruled unconstitutional. There no phrase "individual rights" in the 2A. The Founders meant solely well-regulated militia.

The problem with "Constitutional Originalism" is that the interpretations nowadays are bastardized based upon today's political views meaning it's not original at all, just another smokescreen used to promote various agendas.

The idea for right-wingers was to construct a modern idealized conservative state and pretend that it existed when the Constitution was signed. Then use that pretend world to justify whatever conservatives want.

The Supreme Court’s Faux ‘Originalism’-
politico.com/news/magazine/202

How many times can Senator Collins be “misled” by the same people, using the same script?

Senator Collins can join the Democrats to remove the filibuster and vote for codifying Roe and shoring up voting rights if this is really true. If she doesn't, we know she wasn't misled by fraud, but that she was an accomplice to it.

The rest of us can elect Democrats to the Senate who want to do the same thing. Forget about Manchin. His state isn't going to elect anything different and probably someone worse if he leaves.

Focus on winnable states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, or Georgia.

Opinion | How Susan Collins can repair the damage she has wrought-
She broke it. Now she must fix it.
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Want to know why things are how they are? Take a look at gerrymandering.

Elitist SCOTUS judges like Kavanaugh can make all the patronizing statements about democracy they want. The right wingers on the SCOTUS have already made it more difficult for the voice of the voters to be heard.

That's how this is going on in a country where most people want gun control and abortion rights are are getting neither.

If every voter who truly cares enough to save abortion as a right really shows up to remedy it, we can install Democratic majorities in each state legislature and governor’s office. Barbaric restrictions to abortion only last as long as they’re protected. But it's going to take awhile, at least as long as it look to get this way.

Supreme Court Throws Abortion to an Unlevel State Playing Field-
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shifted the abortion fight to state legislatures, where gerrymandering has given Republicans an advantage.
nytimes.com/2022/06/25/us/poli

We had an energizing demonstration yesterday in downtown for abortion rights.

Sharing some pictures.

Please attend these if you can in your area.

We discussed ways to support women and people in groups being attacked by this current wave of repression and how to support those seeking an abortion.

We discussed candidates and ways to get out the vote and talk to voters. Some of that we already do, but meeting up and motivating one another and showing our numbers built strength.

I'm not giving up and neither should you. Get involved. Support the people who need it. Vote. Help get out the vote.

In here:

Justice Thomas: "[W]e should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell...SCOTUS has "a duty to 'correct the error' established" in landmark cases on the rights to contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage."

Just for people who think they'll stop with abortion or any other right that isn't enshrined in hyper-conservative, hate-filled Christianity.

They won't stop with gutting anyone's rights, even their own voters.

Get yourself involved.

politico.com/news/2022/06/24/r

Republicans stole two Supreme Court seats for Trump and another two were appointed by a president (Bush) who only took power because that Supreme Court stole an election for him. And together they're taking what's left of our democracy.

Conservatives on the Supreme Court don't just oppose abortion and want guns everywhere. They oppose democracy, because in a functioning democracy there wouldn't be a conservative Supreme Court majority right now.

If you aren't terrified by how the Supreme Court is now controlled by a bunch of Mitch McConnell installed, Christo-fascist right wing authoritarians as democracy hangs in the balance, you haven't been paying attention to the GOP's hard turn in recent years.

I don't much care how or why people voted or didn't in the past. That doesn't really matter now.

What matters now is how and where we show up today, tomorrow, and every day after that.

The Supreme Court’s new gun ruling means virtually no gun regulation is safe-
vox.com/2022/6/23/23180205/sup

When even George Will knows it's bad.

The concept of originalism is nonsense. Not only have times and weapons changed, but the population of the U.S. at the time of the second amendment was approximately 20% of today's L.A. metro area.

The people who wrote this amendment were afraid of invasion from a foreign power, not their fellow citizens.

Let's look to the law of unintended consequences to follow this ridiculous ruling to its conclusion. I posted an article only about a week ago about how the idea of open carry was causing people to avoid public places.

Stores, shopping malls and town centers empty because people are afraid to shop with individuals toting 'open carry' weapons. How can I tell whether that weaponized person is a law-abiding citizen or a person on a murderous rampage? Do I just assume?

This is a recipe for the hollowing-out of the whole social strata that underpins our lives.

Opinion | The Supreme Court’s gun ruling is a serious misfire-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Suspending transit fares is a much better idea.

A gas tax holiday is a absolutely bad political idea that I have seen proposed repeatedly during my life every time gas prices appeared to be "too high" (and I'm good with Biden generally speaking).

It's already abominably hard it is to get funding for the nation's highways and transit services. Most road and highway funds still come from fuel taxes. Funding for public transit gets cut all the time. The federal gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990. Meanwhile, the costs to build and repair roads have gotten much more expensive, so each dollar pays for less.

It's not a bad idea to express this sentiment to your Democratic representatives.

We need to reduce demand to bring gas prices down, if they should come down at all, and encourage public transit.

Pro tip - drive less.

Analysis | Suspend transit fares instead of the gas tax, climate advocates tell Biden-
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

I guess having them read a few words off a card is just too fucking hard for the police.

Yes, yes, people still have Miranda rights, supposedly. But all statements like that do is remind me of all the people who tried to tell us abortion rights and LGBTQ rights were safe.

U.S. Supreme Court protects police from 'Miranda' lawsuits-
reuters.com/world/us/us-suprem

The Court that is all about states' rights, until a state does something the White Nationalists don't like.

SCOTUS is on the wrong side of all of the major challenges the U.S. faces.

Voting rights - wrong side

Dark money - wrong side

Climate change - wrong side

Gun control - wrong side

Restricting already decided rights (abortion) - wrong side

This is not sustainable. Voters need to give the Dems the power they need to fix this. It didn't take one election to get this way. It won't take one to fix it.

Supreme Court strikes down N.Y. law that restricts concealed carrying of guns-
npr.org/2022/06/23/1102995474/

Who among us has not gone to the bank and, seeing a negative balance, told the teller "I just need you to find me $11,780 dollars." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

'I need 11,000 votes, give me a break': Raffensperger details Trump's election demands-
latimes.com/politics/story/202

“It’s direct, indisputable, empirical evidence that this kind of common claim that ‘the only thing that stops a bad guy with the gun is a good guy with the gun’ is wrong."

In short, Ted Cruz and anyone else who makes this claim is wrong or lying.

Who Stops a ‘Bad Guy With a Gun’?- nyti.ms/3OeHgJU

States that closed the dating relationship loophole have seen a 15% decrease in intimate partner gun deaths, which account for 1 in 5 homicides. That's a lot of kids that won't have a parent murdered and people who won't lose a friend or loved one. So this is an important bill just on that one note.

It's the first such safety bill in 30+ years. It makes valuable progress, although imperfect, and it opens the gates for more.

Elect a bigger majority of Democrats in November, and we get more.

Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on a gun safety bill-
npr.org/2022/06/21/1106466279/

Rusty Bowers was a compelling witness, but it was Shaye Moss’s testimony that made my blood boil.

What Giuliani and Trump did to her, her mother, and grandmother was deranged.

While a Republican State House Speaker's testimony held great weight, nothing speaks to the abject cruelty, the ultimate pettiness, the misdirected criminal intent and effect of Trump's sordid, twice-impeached, disgraced time in office, and clear conspiracy to overturn a free and democratic election than the intimidation of this election worker, her mother, and grandmother.

They certainly threatened Bowers and his family, but they did not burst open his grandmother's door waving faked documents and demanding a house arrest. They did that to Moss because she is Black.

I hope numerous torts and civil lawsuits await Trump---on top of the many felony charges I hope Justice is preparing for him. It can't happen soon enough.

Jan 6. panel witnesses recount post-election threats of violence-
axios.com/2022/06/21/jan-6-hea

It isn't a choice between high gas prices and low gas prices.

It's a choice between high gas prices with democracy and high gas prices with no democracy.

Plus Republican wars on minorities, immigrants, public schools, universities, science, medicine, women, LGBTQIA+ people and their families, our planetary ecosystem, the free press, Big Bird, Mickey Mouse, and any fellow Republicans who dare disagree with MAGA.

No, thanks.

Opinion | Here’s what voters will get if they cast their ballots based on gas prices-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

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