Just the one little point that shows us quite how two faced politics is as a manner of organising that real world out there. A general scream these days is that Trump – Orange Man Bad and all that – is a threat to democracy. He’s overturning it in fact, abolishing its expression in America.
He’s also a right (insert insult of choice here) for proposing Amy Comey Barrett for the Supreme Court because this would – not that it necessarily would but political rhetoric, you know – mean the overturning of Roe vs Wade.
At which point just to clear up any misunderstanding people might have about Roe. The effect of it is to say that abortion is a constitutional right. It’s not possible to make laws unduly restricting access to that right. Well, OK, maybe that’s right and maybe that should be right. But it’s not democratic.
Democracy is that the people get to vote on what the law should be. And if that includes restrictions on when an abortion can be gained then so be it, that’s democracy for you. Also, if it – as it was before Roe in New York and several other states – means few restrictions then so be that too – that’s democracy for you.
The situation is thus that if Roe is overturned then the states, severally, get to decide what the laws on abortion in those several states should be. And it’ll be the actions of democracy, peeps voting for the politicians who promise to have this law or that law, which determines what those laws end up being. Which is democracy, love it or loathe it.
Now run through the logic again. Trump’s killing democracy as he proposes a justice who would, in this tale, increase the amount of democracy available by overturning Roe.
And the people who can believe this sort of logic are the people who should be running the country? Or, if that’s too partisan, perhaps we can get to the proper underlying here.
We say that there are certain things which are not subject to democracy, to the whims of the mob. These things we call rights. Innocent until proven guilty, private property, freedom of association, free speech and on. Maybe abortion too as it is in current American reality. Cool, these are things therefore where we’ve ruled out democracy. That is, there just are things which aren’t to be democratically decided.
We all cool with that?