Peter 'Fish' Case": We can't sit idly and let this 'cauldron of crazy' keep brewing
It's truly funny that the same brainless Trump supporters that walk around not allowing anyone to make decisions about their guns are willing to make decisions about a woman's reproductive rights. If you ever thought hypocrisy wasn't alive and kicking in the United States, you need only go to Alabama, which single-handedly walked this country back five decades. If for one instance you don't believe we are speeding head-on into a dystopian Handmaid's society, you'd be wrong, dead wrong! What we are looking at here, what we are doing by sitting on our hands and wondering what happens next, is lending permission to the behavior. "The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency" — Benjamin Mays.
Meanwhile in true Hollywood contrived dystopian fashion, 25 men draft a law and ask Aunt Lydia (see Handmaid's Tales) or in this case Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey to sign it. You can be pro-life, you can be pro-choice; I respect both. What you can't be is pro-complacency. If they figured out how to block Congress tomorrow, how would you react? It's a real question. If a group of pro-lifers marched on DC and burned down the House, what would you do? Would you read the latest Trump Tweet and move on with your day? Would you shrug your shoulders and say, "What can you do?" When we sit idly by while these things happen, we give permission to the next step of losing control.
Try this sentence on for size: Should 11-year-old girls have to bear their rapists' babies? How does that make you feel? How does it make you feel that Ohio says yes to that very question! People named Tim, Rick, Kyle, Darrell, John and Matt made that decision. These people will lock up the rape victim for having an abortion longer than they would the actual rapist. Yes, this Republican Party wants to definitely overturn Roe v. Wade. After all, the Cadet Bone Spur has his highjacked Supreme Court seats, so if you're going to make a run at it, might as well do it now.
This racist, incompetent, corrupt, misogynistic, self-obsessed, narcissistic, petulant, bullying, arrogant, spiteful, unhinged, moronic group of men, with a few compliant Stepford Wife-style women in lock step, truly believe they have the right to make decisions for other people. Yet the even bigger problem is that other people will allow it to happen. I wish I could hang all the blame on President Don Trump-Un, but I can't. Sure, he's the one stirring this cauldron of crazy, but there are even more crazies behind him lining up for a full bowl of what he's dishing out. This is how these things start; this is how they test the waters and see exactly what they can get away with. Nine! Nine states are rolling out these attacks on a woman's right to choose. I understand that this has always been a debate; I get that pro-lifers and pro-choice people have always been at odds. But this all feels different, and in a truly bad way.
Abortion has been around a lot longer than 1973 when Roe v. Wade put it squarely on the radar and turned it into a wedge issue. Prior to that, women could do whatever they wanted with their bodies. Just 53 years prior to that, women received the right to vote through an amendment to the constitution no less (19th if you're scoring at home). So, you have to ask yourself one truly important question, especially if you're a dude. What in the hell do you think you're doing putting your opinion into what a woman does with her body? What if the roles were reversed and after one child men were forced to go get vasectomies? I know, that is the craziest thing you've ever heard. Now play it back in your head and reverse the roles and see it through the eyes of a woman.
The Dystopic States of America, that is what we are becoming. What the Hell is Up with that?
Peter "Fish" Case is a man with an opinion. He offers up a weekly podcast discussion that can be heard at theearspoon.com. Questions, compliments and complaints can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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