Ask Mister Reproductive Rights Person...
Well, kids, with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, we're about to start a fight on another front.
After her resignation, Dubya sed:
"The nation deserves and I will select a Supreme Court justice that Americans can be proud of.
"The nation also deserves a dignified process of confirmation in the United States Senate, characterized by fair treatment, a fair hearing and a fair vote," he said. "I will choose the nominee in a timely manner so that the hearing and the vote can be completed before the new Supreme Court term begins."
Which, of course, means: I get to pick who I want and don't give me any shit or I'll sic Karl on your sorry asses."
Let's take a brief view of the folks he's recently picked for crucial posts:
For Attorney General--the position that sets the prosecutorial tone for the entire country, he picks, a man who wrote papers in defense of America's torturing of prisoners.
For Ambassador to the United Nations: a man who doesn't believe in the United Nations.
For Ambassador to CANADA, for crissakes: A man who barely knows where it is. True story: His entire history and relationship with the country he's about to be America's representitive to is a vacation with his wife back in the 1970's.
So, a man with this kind of track record is asking for a 'dignified process' and a 'fair hearing.'
Well. I suppose I shouldn't jump to conclusions, but for some reason I doubt that the person Dub names as his nominee is gonna be a centrist. Not when he's pushed the government so far right that O'Connor is now VIEWED as a centrist.
In light of that, I thought I would ask Mister Reproductive Rights Person to appear on this blog to help you with a few of the hypothetical arguments you may encounter at the water cooler with the office wingnut when the topic of abortion rights comes up.
Let's warm up with an easy one:
Statement: "I believe abortions are a sin."
Response: Fine. Don't get one.
See how easy that is? Let's move on to a little bit harder one now:
Statement: "It's deplorable that people are using abortions as birth control."
Response: Then perhaps we should do a better job of sexual education in this country, including the promotion of the use of condoms.
Statement: "Abortions kill babies."
Response: No, a large percentage abortions are carried out in the early part of the first trimester, at an embryonic stage far removed from anything that resembles a 'baby.' The percentages of abortions at this stage would increase at the same time as the total number of abortions performed would decrease if, as stated earlier, we did a better job of sexual education in this country, including the promotion of the use of condoms.
Statement: "But life begins at conception. It doesn't matter when the abortion happens, because the concieved life..."
Response: Excuse me, but are you planning on picketing fertilization clinics anytime soon?
Response: Fertilization clinics. You know--where couples who have trouble conceiving go through an in vitro process to get pregnant.
Statement: "I know what a fertilization clinic is. Why should I picket one? They're creating life, not killing babies!"
Response: Well, they're doing a little of both, actually. What do you think happens at these places? Do you think the doctor introduces Harry the Sperm with Sally the Unfertized Egg, leaves the two together in a room with candlelight and Barry White playing on the stereo, and lets the mood of the evening carry on? No, the doc puts Harry, along with Barry, Larry, Perry, Gary, and six or seven hundred thousand of their spermatozoon relations together with Sally and several dozen of her closest ovoid kin for a get-together of micro-bacchanalian proportions. It's an orgy in pyrex. And this takes place repeatedly over the months that the couple is trying to concieve. Once conception occurs, the clinic is now saddled with a hundred or so 'lives' for each couple. What do you think they're doing with those fertilized eggs? They're not enrolling them in preschool, that's for sure.
I could go on for a while longer, and eventually, I probably will. If you have any wing-nut statements you wish Mister Reproductive Rights Person to rebut, please send them along. Or, if you have any responses that Mr. RRP might find interesting, send those along as well.
But be aware that the forces on the right are NOT going to want this fight on the Senate floor. Believe it or not, the Senate is already starting to map out a strategy that says that the nominees position on the issues that he or she will be deciding is not important!
Yes. Because there's no need to know what a Supreme Court Justice's legal thinking on an issue is. That would just get in the way, wouldn't it?