Thursday, May 12, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
While Baltimore City officials talk about a renaissance in the city you only have to look at the Baltimore Sun this morning to see a different picture. Today there were 20 pages of tax sale properties listed. That represents many thousands of properties in default on their tax bills. Not the sign of a healthy city that has a murder problem and a deteriorating Inner Harbor. Blue-collar cities that were healthy in the 1950s have been hollowed out in our digital tech age. How to move those cities in a new direction that restores health to the cities is the challenge they face this century. Are cities obsolete in a digital age?
Monday, May 9, 2022
So how would this change the Roe ruling? An argument could be made that the Equal Rights Amendment gives women the same right as men to control their health care decisions. This is the route that Justice Ginsburg thought the right should have been based on.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Harlem Globetrotters the entertaining traveling basketball team always had the Washington Generals as the team to beat. The Generals had to look like they had a chance to win but you always knew their job was just an act and that they would lose once again. This situation reminds me of how our politics plays out. Conservatives always want our country to never change and win temporary victories but always end up losing in the end. This reality makes conservatives disgruntled and bitter. Sometimes their disgruntlement causes them to even attack Congress.
With the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion this week conservatives are celebrating a seeming victory in their 50-year battle on abortion. Right now it is uncertain how long it will take for their victory to be undone but if history is a guide the victory will only be temporary.
Conservatives politically use conservative religious doctrine to support their political beliefs. Conservative religious beliefs, like conservative political beliefs, can never change or they lose their value. It is not surprising that almost all of the opposition to abortion has a strong fundamentalist religious basis. Opposition to change is the common theme in both. Conservatives have to get used to losing as there is nothing more certain than change.
Look for the Maryland General Assembly to move to attempt to put the right to abortion in the Maryland Constitution. This could even happen in a special session if the Supreme Court overturns Roe. The culture war is heating up and will play out in this year's state elections.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
There is a great deal of speculation about who leaked the first draft of the opinion on the abortion case. Speculation has been mixed about whether it came from someone with the liberal justices or the conservative justices. Each side may have its reasons for leaking the opinion although Fox News seems convinced it was from the liberal side. My question in looking at this is "why was the first draft the one leaked?" By now there are probably second or third drafts either written or being written. Why were they not leaked? What is being played out between the first draft and the later drafts? Is the leaker trying to freeze each justice's position at the time of the first draft? There is obviously a 5-3 majority for overturning Roe. If Chief Justice Roberts decides to join the 3 justices in the minority then it will take one of the majority justices in the first draft to change their opinion to not overrule Roe completely. Roberts may have had some success in doing that in later drafts and that is why the first draft was the one leaked. Would any of the majority justices have the courage to be labeled as a traitor to the Right to Life movement now that we know where they stood in the first draft? It would seem to me that leaking the first draft now and not later is designed to freeze the first opinion in place than to change the vote in a direction of not overruling Roe.
Time will tell if the leaking side will ever be known but it will probably come out eventually. It took "Deep Throat" dying to have them revealed. Probably won't take a death this time.