This morning we turned the clock back fifty years because of three stolen Scotus seats.
Because some people “Just didn’t Like Hillary!”
This day will live in infamy.
We are headed back to the dark ages, of dark alleys and illegal, unsafe abortion. An entire generation of young women just had their lives dramatically altered. The cruelty of this decision is breathtaking.
I am gasping for air. I can’t breathe.
As the Supreme Court drags us back to the past it’s no accident that my feelings are drawn from the past as well.
I feel as sick as I’ve ever felt.
Like the shock of hearing John Kennedy assassinated as an 8-year-old. The first crack in my American Dream. Surreal. Incomprehensible. Not in America.
But the cracks and fault lines have only deepened in America until they burst wide open today.
Then there was the dark morning of November 9, 2016, when I had the same bilious feeling as I do right now. I had gone to sleep on election night concerned that Hillary was slipping in the returns but still confident in her victory.
Waking up at 4 a.m., I instinctively grabbed my iPhone and scrolled to a news site. Through blurry eyes, I read the words: “President-elect Donald J Trump.”
I gasped. I couldn’t breathe. My reaction was swift, visceral, and violent not unlike hearing about Roe v Wade today.
It was a gut punch to the stomach. I turned ashen, as my stomach churned. I felt the bile rise to my throat in anger and disbelief. I felt helpless and disconnected from my country.
In fact, I wanted to throw up.
Elections have consequences. And now we are living it. The religious right made a Faustian pact with the Devil. Donald Trump, a serial sexual predator who has never read the Bible, came through for them. Bigly
We are now deriving U.S. law from the Bible
Who knew a cautionary tale like Handmaid’s Tale would be gospel for the Supreme Court, as our country slides slowly into Gideon. Trump’s America has been waging a war on women and now that Roe v Wade is overturned we know it’s the opening salvo. They are gunning for same-sex marriage and contraception.
We now have to gun for those fear-based white conservative men who want to return us back to an America ruled by white men. The good old days — before desegregation, before gay rights, before legal abortion, before raping your wife was illegal, before more than a handful of women were in the workforce.
When America was great. We now see this is not just in rhetoric, but in policy that aims to take us back to those Good Old Days.
When so many of us could not breathe.
The Supreme Court may be turning back time and turning its back on so many of us, but we cannot turn away.
We need to catch our breath again and then vote like our life depended on it. Because it does.