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by Paul Moomjean

paulmoomjean@yahoo.com

It’s amazing how a day can change everything. While prepping for this week’s article, I was looking at breaking down the reasons the new Disney and Pixar film Lightyear bombed at the box office due to a woke agenda and poor PR handling of Tim Allen’s absence from the project. Then the Supreme Court of the United States had to overturn Roe v. Wade and strike down New York’s gun laws on June 24, allowing open carry in the name of self-defense. Suddenly, the culture wars seemed silly, as we head closer and closer to a real civil war.  

Politico reports, “The Supreme Court on Friday revoked the constitutional right to an abortion that has been in place for half a century — overturning Roe v. Wade on a 5-4 vote, clearing the way for dozens of states to swiftly ban the procedure and throwing the country into uncharted political, legal, social and medical territory.”

Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision. This Court cannot bring about the permanent resolution of a rancorous national controversy simply by dictating a settlement and telling the people to move on.”

For those worried that a slippery slope of overturning past progressive rulings would occur, their fears came to life with Clarence Thomas’s thoughts after the official announcement.

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas wrote on his own behalf. He was referring to the 1965 decision finding a right to contraception for married couples, a 2003 ruling overturning sodomy laws and a 2015 decision that required states to recognize same-sex marriages. “We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.” Thomas just created the DNC talking points for 2024. 

Meanwhile the Associated Press reports how the Supreme Court essentially expanded gun rights with a 6-3 ruling, just weeks after the largest school shooting in history. “In a major expansion of gun rights after a series of mass shootings, the Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, a ruling likely to lead to more people legally armed. The decision came out as Congress and states debate gun-control legislation.”

If these two rulings have proven anything, it is that the term “pro-life” is completely non-appliable now. The court is “pro-gun” and “anti-abortion.” In a world where a child’s most common cause of death is by gun shooting, to want to protect the fetus but allow weapons to freely be in the open feels counterproductive.

The great irony is that since Roe v. Wade was passed, crime went down. Mostly because poor families had the ability to stop the potential disaster of trying to feed children they couldn’t afford, therefore decreasing the number of children below the poverty line, reducing potential crime. But now many women will not have access to states like California, where abortion will remain legal under the ruling, and will either have to buy expensive pills or have backroom abortions. If they choose to have the baby, they’ll simply continue to build financial burdens, creating a greater likelihood of the cycle of poverty for the child, leading to more roads to criminal opportunities. And with easier access to guns . . . are you seeing the vicious cycle? 

All of this is creating a world where we could see the threat of secession by the next election cycle. I just cannot fathom California and Alabama wanting to remain part of the same nation, having to abide under the same Supreme Court. 

While one could argue that the justices allowed for state rights, what they’ve done is silenced the minority in conservative states with the overturning of Roe v. Wade and, with the new gun ruling, silenced the majority in more liberal states. In a world where gas is $6 a gallon, student loan debt looks to rise before being forgiven, a housing market is being controlled by the super wealthy, and progressive laws are experiencing a revearsal, the world is ready for a real war. 

While the court might think they’re helping restore America’s old-timey values, they have actually made the 2024 election cycle the groundwork for a potential radical revolution. Imagine Jan. 6 riots and Black Lives Matter protest burnings, but now at the same time.