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The Disintegration of the United States

Conservatives were handed the long-sought grail of shrinking the federal government's power and moving it to the states when the Supreme Court overturned Roe in June. Trigger laws that ban abortion awaited in thirteen states, eight other states enacted immediate bans, and still more plan to outlaw the procedure in varying degrees. Together they aggregate to almost half the country, setting off a
scramble for patients, medical workers, lawyers, and state officials to deal with the seismic change. The cover of the conservative National Review magazine proclaims without irony "A More Perfect Union" with artwork showing the patchwork quilt of abortion laws splintering the states into anything but a union.

The transfer of power to the states — “to the people’s elected representatives” in Justice Alito's words in his Roe opinion — would be a return to the years before the Civil War when southern Democrats argued that the federal government had no right to interfere with state matters. In his concurring opinion, Justice Thomas voiced his opinion that the Fourteenth Amendment doesn't provide a basis for creating new rights. That set off alarms that other rights also anchored to the amendment — the right to use contraceptives, the privacy of sexual acts, same-sex marriage — are on the conservatives' checklist for reversal. If not banned outright, they too would be left to the states to pick and choose.

Politicians joined in. Marriage should be "left to the states," said Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Obergefell v. Hodges, the ruling that allowed same-sex marriage, was wrong, he said. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley said that he had never supported that 2015 Supreme Court decision. Marriage is nowhere in the Constitution,

"and I think the states — traditionally that has been — because the definition of marriage…the states have defined it one way or another and I think that that's the right difference".

Florida Senator Marco Rubio agreed with Hawley. Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn thinks Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 decision…

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The West Needs Constant Reminding, Putin Won’t Stop at Ukraine

At the Group of Seven summit in Germany at the year's midpoint, leaders of the world's richest countries pledged to stand behind Ukraine "as long as it takes".

Nevertheless, there is growing unease that as time passes the NATO nations' dedication will begin to wane, that the cost of the constant supply of armaments will be viewed as onerous, and that Russia's slowly grinding war of attrition will ultimately succeed.

Which makes it imperative that we realize that Vladimir Putin's mindset goes well beyond carving away a chunk of southern Ukraine, that the West cannot afford to drop its guard. Stepping away for the moment from our preoccupation with the January 6 hearings and the Supreme Court's reshaping of this nation, here's a refresher of Putin's grand design: THE WESTERN EXPERIMENT An April article by a Russian journalist who also chairs a council on foreign and defense policy made the clearest statement we've encountered about Russia's divorcing itself from its "obsession" with the West. In the
Kremlin on May 9th, Victory Day
fifteen years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, writes Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia's conforming to the international order created by the western powers, an inclusion that required meeting the West's criteria but without participation in determining those criteria, proved to be an "experiment" with a "negative" outcome. In its efforts to integrate, Putin had even spoken with Bill Clinton in 2000 about the Russian Federation joining NATO — which had added three countries in the previous year — but the lack of response "left a mark on the Russian political consciousness." Not welcome in the club. There was the question among Russians, though, whether they would always aspire to great nation status and would chafe under the dominance…

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Twice, the Supreme Court Ruled Against We the People

In overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel Alito writes that "we cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public's reaction to our work". Disregard of what Americans want for their country looks to be this Supreme Court's playbook going forward. The 5-to-4 reversal of Roe pays no heed to polls that show that around two-thirds of Americans oppose banning abortion, with up to 80% saying the right to abortion should not be prohibited in its entirety.

The extreme move by the Catholic end of the bench imposing its religion on all Americans will occupy the headlines and protests ongoing, and we have already weighed in with our view of how a sensible country might end the abortion extremism of both sides in "Can There Be a Middle Ground to End the Abortion Debate?" (found here). Better therefore for us to examine the Court decision of just the day before the Roe v. Wade ruling, another seismic shock that the Roe declaration has drowned out.

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Just weeks after the massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde, the Court originalists decided that more guns are needed where people congregate. They find that a New York law, on the books for over a century, is unconstitutional for requiring that a citizen demonstrate a "special need" for a permit to carry a gun in public. The six conservative justices believe that New York's law infringes our Second Amendment rights, their remedy being that we…

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The Jan. 6 Case Against Donald Trump: Part 3.

Parts 1 and 2 are below on our front page

As the zero hour of January 6th approached, Trump lieutenants booked a suite of rooms at the luxurious Willard Hotel a block from the White House to make final plans for disrupting the certification of Joe Biden
as the nation's 46th president. Led by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, once celebrated as "America's mayor" after 9/11, they called it their "command center". A number of principals in the scheme either stayed at the hotel or formed a steady stream of visitors.

Steve Bannon, formerly Trump's chief strategist in the White House, came and went, serving as the group's political adviser. Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who was found to have accepted gifts from companies doing business with the city, did four years in federal prison, and was pardoned by Trump, had advanced $55,000 for the rooms. Of note, given the purpose of the rooms, was that no less than the Republican National Committee reimbursed him.

Also hunkered down was senior campaign aide and former White House special assistant Boris Epshteyn, and One America… Read More »

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The Scheme to Steal the Election.
Part 2.

Part 1 is at the base of the front page

After the 2020 election, Donald Trump won the media's attention with incendiary claims that the election had been stolen, ultimately rousing his base to riot when Congress met to certify that Joe Biden was to be the new president. We covered that route to January 6th in Part One.

Occurring in parallel, surfacing only later, primarily from the work of
House Select Committee investigating the happenings of Jan. 6, 2021

the House Select Committee investigating everything related to January 6th, did it become apparent that Trump allies were hatching a scheme to overturn the election by disrupting the proceedings in Congress. Had the plot succeeded, it would have been an actual stolen election, this time by Trump.

THE BEST LAID PLANS…?

In the two-month span from November 3rd to January 6th, text messages, email, and tweets showed how widespread was the Republican push to keep Donald Trump in the White House.

Everyone turned to Mark Meadows as chief of staff. Energy… Read More »

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Could Trump Really Be Prosecuted for Jan. 6? Part 1.

That Donald Trump and the circle around him plotted to abort the constitutional transfer of power to steal the election from Joe Biden and give Trump another term as president is indisputable. Less certain is to what extent indictments photo of trump
will be brought against the many involved in the conspiracy — a larger contingent than previously realized ranging from Trump's inner circle and hangers-on to members of Congress — or whether against Trump himself. The congressional select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riots and Capitol break-in and attempted overthrow of government has interviewed over 800 witnesses to bring to light the full story of that day and the months preceding, and it has concluded that there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the former president.

the believers

Two streams of activity converged on January 6 and the congressional committee has explored Trump's culpability in both.

One traces what Trump's followers did in reaction to the election. When the results showed Biden as the winner, Trump's people,… Read More »

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Can There Be a Middle Ground to End the Abortion Debate? »

The fight over abortion is a war without end because it has always been conducted at extremes. The Alito doctrine resolves none of that because, assuming Roe v. Wade is overturned on his terms, the justice has only moved the issue from one extreme to the other.

For the 50 years since the Supreme Court ruling in 1973, the law of the land has permitted abortion up to the point of "viability", defined as when the fetus can survive on its own outside the womb, set at 23 weeks of pregnancy. This is the left-wing extreme position which says that up to that point it isn't really a human, so it's okay to destroy it. Before that, not quite ready to go forth umbilically untethered, so disposable. It's true that few abortions occur that late, but demanding the absolute freedom of "my body, my choice" for the full 23 weeks without regard to that second life is abhorrent. What if the viability…

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