Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law that eliminates the state’s entire judicial system if the Supreme Court rules against an ‘administrative law’ Brownback’s Republicans passed to neuter the judiciary and end the state government’s separation of powers.
Now it appears that Ohio Republicans are on the verge of enacting an voter ID law that requires Ohio residents to pay a fee in order to cast a ballot.
There is a gross misconception among the people and pundits alike that extremism in the Republican Party is limited to one wing of the conservative movement.
It is true that there was open rebellion and massive bloodshed as one faction that could not countenance a ‘united’ nation sought to rip the country apart, but the sentiment that engendered the Civil War is still alive and well due to one ill-advised amendment to the nation’s founding document; the 10th Amendment.
Conservatives have proffered every possible scenario to justify torture, including Supreme Court Justice Scalia invoking a fictional television counter-terrorism agent, Jack Bauer, torturing alleged terror suspects to stop a fictional attack on America.
Republicans and religious conservatives detest the 14th Amendment for myriad reasons, but chief among them is the guarantee of equal rights for Americans not in the biblical mold championed by Neo Christians; single mothers, atheists, Muslims, non-compliant Christians, and particularly gays.
Although the religious right has effectively, through the Catholic Supreme Court, eliminated the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment and wiped out religious freedom of non-evangelicals, women, and non-believers, they are still convinced they are facing an existential threat from the federal government.
Two issues alone will have a devastating affect on any religious business or corporation’s employees, but after doing a cursory reading of the Hobby Lobby et al complaint, the High Court decision will immediately affect more than just their employees.
There is a definite patten among Republicans of finding some means of of ignoring , breaking, or circumventing laws that they disagree with.
The rulings have absolutely no effect on any American who is not gay, and still, those unaffected ideologues are screaming the loudest they and their rights were eviscerated with the rulings.
No one denies that Portman loves his son, but the senator continued casting anti-gay votes long after his son revealed he was gay.