Irony is just one of the many knock-on effects of having a horrid little cretin like Donald Trump as president of the United States. For example, there is credible evidence that Trump has paid for eight abortions. So it’s an obvious irony when someone who found abortion so massively and personally useful deliberately pulled the necessary strings that would one day make abortion illegal again. Of course that’s also hypocrisy, but when it comes to Republicans hypocrisy is no longer ironic, it’s just another standard operating procedure. It’s a feature, not a bug.
It is also ironic that a party that claims to be devoted to the United States Constitution intends to violate the ninth amendment of that Constitution. Despite what they tell you Republicans don’t actually give a crap about the Constitution. Republicans don’t even know or care what the ninth amendment is. They only care about the second amendment and the first amendment. In that order of importance.
But for those Republicans who are curious about what the ninth amendment says, it says, in effect, that all rights not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution belong to the people and are not precluded by implication. Why aren’t those rights mentioned explicitly? Because there are too many of them. For example, those rights can include the right to plant flowers or the right to paint your toenails among many others. They also include a woman’s right to choose.
But, not to put too fine a point on it, there’s also nearly fifty years of judicial precedent protecting a woman’s right to choose beginning with the landmark SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade. Legal precedent is also enshrined in the Constitution, that aforementioned document that Republicans don’t really give a crap about.
And here’s another irony for you, sisters and brothers. Five Republicans who sit on the Supreme Court of the United States also don’t give a crap about the Constitution either, and their one and only requirement for taking that job was to support and defend that Constitution. It’s even in their oath: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Each of them lied to us about that, too, in order to get their cushy lifetime appointments. Republican Senators who also don’t give a crap about the Constitution made damned sure they got those cushy jobs.
Then there’s the fact that the so-called “pro life” movement began as the whim of evangelical Christians who noticed that abortion was a good controversy that they could exploit as a justification for seizing political power. That the Constitution of the United States explicitly bars religion from the government didn’t slow them down. They don’t give a crap about the Constitution either. They wanted to leave the business of abortion to God, the biggest abortionist of them all. And business is good. Nearly one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage. Right up to the end of the third trimester.
Then there’s the human cost to the disadvantaged and voiceless. This is yet another move by Republicans to deliberately harm and control and humiliate and beat down the poor. The clear intent of Republicans is to eliminate abortion across the board, to make it impossible for any poor woman to get an abortion ever, for any reason at all. Even if she’s been raped. Even if she’s been the victim of incest. Even if she’s been working three or four jobs just to barely feed and maintain the children she already has and one more will absolutely destroy her.
Of course rich women won’t have any problem getting abortions. They can fly to another state or another country if they want. This new assault on Roe v. Wade isn’t about morality. It’s about kicking the poor further into the gutter and controlling women.
But in the midst of all this blood-boiling injustice there is one thing that gives me hope. You see, sisters and brothers, I’m mad. I’m pissed off. I’m angry enough to beat the shit out of my refrigerator. And if I’m that angry, me, just a childless, little old man living in his little house with his little cats and his little wife in a country far away, I can imagine how angry you must be. I can imagine the titanic groundswell of rage that is coming.
Republicans have sown the wind. They are about to reap the whirlwind. They have finally gone too far. They have awakened the sleeping giant that will rise up and destroy them. Let’s use that rage. Let’s go after those bastards. Let’s rid ourselves once and for all of this diseased menace called the Republican Party. Let’s beat the shit out of them in the coming election, change the law, change the court, and never, never, never give up! And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, sisters and brothers, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.