Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Balkanization Of America

States Rights!

States Rights!

That is the rallying call of the Republicans… until it doesn’t suit them.

That is what we heard back in the sixties when the when the bigotry of the segregation was brought to us every night on TV waswhen the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 was passed, when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on the evening news. 

Lindsey Graham argues gay marriage rights should be left up to states
The left has feared conservative SCOTUS will target gay marriage, affirmative action, and even interracial marriage in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned
By John Bowden
August 7, 2022

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham fed the fears of Democrats and the left in general on Sunday during an interview on CNN in which he argued for the end of federal protections for gay marriage rights.

The South Carolina senator appeared on State of the Union aside Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, for a rare bipartisan interview/debate. The conversation took place as the Senate continued a marathon “vote-a-rama” session that began Saturday afternoon and was still chugging along approaching noon on Sunday.

At one point in the interview, Mr Graham made clear that the conservative supermajority within SCOTUS could overturn other precedents like the Obergefell v Hodges case, which during the Obama administration nullified state laws banning same-sex marriage.

Asked directly if he was saying it should be overturned, Mr Graham said “no, I’m saying that I don’t think it’s going to be overturned,” he said, though his voice clearly left open the idea that it could be.


“Well, that would be up to the Court,” he responded, before adding: “I think states should decide the issue of marriage.”

Do you know when that argument was last used? According the History Channel,

During debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, southerners argued, among other things, that the bill unconstitutionally usurped individual liberties and states’ rights.

Whenever non-discrimination bills are argued the rallying cry of the Republicans is “States Rights” we should have the right to discriminate!

States like Texas and Florida have been eager to push forward on the conservative culture war front under the Biden administration; Texas’s Supreme Court took up a case challenging the constitutionality of benefits for same-sex couples as recently as 2017.

You have to understand that is the goal of the Republicans bring it to the Supreme Court where they packed to court with right-wing fanatics who want to bring down the federal government in favor of states rights.

The Fourteenth Amendment was designed to have one law of the land not fifty! But the Supreme Court conveniently forgot at the 14thAmendment when the ruled on the challenge to Roe v Wade.

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