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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
May 30, 2023

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Letter: Nation stumbling backward


Our Supreme Court consists of three centrist liberals, one usually centrist conservative and five basically reactionary “conservatives.” The five were mostly nominated by minority-vote presidents (a failure for democracy) and confirmed after misleading the Senate and the public about their shifty positions on character, settled law and precedents. With their reactionary ruling on Roe v. Wade, the five reversed women’s rights and allow the enslavement of pregnant women.

Abortion is abhorrent, but coerced slavery is at least as objectionable. Treating women like brood cows fails to settle issues and further splits our nation to the delight of Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump’s presidency spurned the majority of Americans and dragged American democracy below mediocrity, and now the reactionary SCOTUS majority continues to hollow out our democracy as they arbitrarily pick and choose to justify their dictates. The immediate future for our democracy looks bleak, but, as Winston Churchill noted, Americans finally get it right after trying everything else. Throughout our history after we step forward, we stumble backward. Nearly 2½ centuries into nationhood, we are still trying everything else and failing to fulfill the purposes declared in the Preamble to our Constitution.

Democracy requires vigilance.

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