The Supreme Court has been hard at work, trying to wrap up their business before the two-month break coming up. These days when the Court speaks, it usually raises my hackles, and raised hackles lead to a bit of ranting, ‘cause it isn’t healthy to keep it all bottled up inside, y’know.
I am thoroughly confused about the rationale behind yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that restricts access to birth control for women. Within the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), there was a mandate which says that insurance plans sponsored by large employers must include preventive care — including all forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration — at no additional cost. Trump and his band of merry henchmen came along and decided that any company having a religious objection to birth control, can opt out of the mandate, leaving their female employees a little poorer after paying full price to purchase their own birth control, sometimes thousands of dollars. For some it is cost-prohibitive.
But what confuses me is that the very people who are against birth control are also viciously against abortion. This is like … it’s like putting two flavours of ice cream on the table and saying, “You may not have the chocolate. You also may not have the vanilla.” If these religious groups do not want women to have abortions, then isn’t the best cure a preventative one? What the hell do these groups want?
The answer to that question, I think, is simple. They want women to be forced back into servitude, having a baby every year, not having the opportunities afforded to men, such as furthering their education, finding a satisfying career, or virtually anything else. They want, it would seem, to control women’s bodies, and in so doing, our minds.
And another thing … the earth is already overpopulated. In 1800 the world’s population was around 1 billion people. Since then it has increased more than sevenfold to reach over 7.5 billion in 2017 and is forecast to top 10 billion by 2050. Why in hell would we want to encourage unfettered reproduction??? With medical science now able to keep people alive longer, the birth rate is 3 times higher than the death rate. Okay, wonderful that you can be cured of many diseases and live to a ripe old age, but somewhere human growth must level off, for the planet cannot support 10 billion people! Especially since humans seem intent on destroying the planet in every imaginable way!
The Court screwed up on this one, and we women will pay a hefty price for decades! Thanks, Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Thomas, and Chief Justice Roberts … thanks for nothing!
In another Supreme Court ruling, the Court contributed to Trump’s re-election campaign by saying that his financial records, including tax returns, could not be given to Congress for review until after the election in November. It is my opinion that the Court, in so ruling, has increased Trump’s chances at re-election, for there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that there will be damning information found in those financial records that might convince some fence-sitters of his absolute dishonesty.
But, the news wasn’t all bad on this one, for the Court did rule that Trump not only lacks immunity from a state criminal investigation but also enjoys no special, heightened standard of proof. In a nutshell, New York District Attorney, Cyrus Vance has been given a green light. Well, actually a yellow light, for Trump can still plead for immunity in a lower court, and this could easily bounce around until after November 3rd. I found humour in the fact that this was a 7-2 ruling, with both of Trump’s hand-picked Justices, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, siding with the majority opinion. Trump, needless to say, was not pleased …
“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!”
Idiots abound these days, don’t they? Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale seems to have a few damaged brain cells and be following a Trumpian agenda. Yesterday, when Governor DeWine put into place a mask mandate for certain counties, including my own, where the virus is spiraling out of control, Mr. Vitale seemingly took umbrage and had some advice for his constituents …
“Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet? This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It is giving the government an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening.”
WHOA! And this dude was elected into the state legislature??? As I said, idiots abound.