When rights aren’t rights

One of the first things Democrats did after taking control of the House of Representatives this year was to introduce a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College. The purpose is of course to prevent the election of Republican presidents who lose the popular vote (as Trump did in 2016 and Bush in 2000) This makes sense since much of the recent campaign battles have been over Supreme Court justices, and of course appointing them is one of the few powers the president has to make a lasting impact

What’s interesting to me though, is that for all the fearmongering over Trump’s appointments and Republicans controlling the Senate that seminal cases like Roe v. Wade might be overturned, Democrats did not see fit to introduce an amendment guaranteeing a right to an abortion. It would have a better chance of ratification than the Electoral College amendment, and would eliminate fears of Roe being overturned.

But that is of course exactly the problem, Democrats can’t afford to eliminate fear, they need it for their campaign. Your rights can be no safer than the next Supreme Court case, so if you want to keep them you must elect Democrats who will appoint progressive judges (of course as I noted in my previous post, this puts you on the hook for the entire progressive agenda, not just the parts you like)

Naturally Republicans are not to be outdone, they can introduce an amendment to clarify or expand the 2nd Amendment, guarantee religious business owners to operate their business in line with their religious beliefs, or to fix any of the problems they like to fearmonger about, they but they don’t want to either.

Obviously these are not rights at all, but rather privileges in a form of “benevolent” dictatorship, whose benevolence depends on you keeping the right dictators in power.

2 thoughts on “When rights aren’t rights”

  1. The Dems are fighting a losing battle on this one in addition to all their other illogical fantasies, free healthcare for all, cradle to grave security, 99% tax rate for the rich etc…The new strategy is to attack the constitution at the state level and that may work with gun rights, but attempting to change a 235 year old election protocol is asinine! It’ll never get close to ratification.

  2. I don’t see how that’s going to fly when each party chooses their own delegates that vote in the electoral college. Scotus has gotten far too powerful, and everyone would benefit from the other two branches taking some of that power back. How? That is a tough question with a complex answer. When has a potus candidate campaigned and won solely on abortion? Both strategies seem fantastical. Trump isn’t going to jail, so the Dems better cook up a recession or it’s ’72 and ’84 all over again.

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