We Have Been Here Before

First: Sandra Day O’Connor, p. 261

  • The crowds kept getting larger. On January 22, 1989, the sixteenth anniversary of Roe v Wade, more than sixty-thousand demonstrators assembled on the Mall to protest the Court’s famous abortion decision. Over loudspeakers, they heard the newly inaugurated President George H. W. Bush tell them — and send a not-so-subtle signal to the Supreme Court — that the time had come to overrule Roe.

3rd Saturday of August 2020: Evan Thomas

As a newcomer, one of three women on the Maricopa County Superior court bench, O’Connor was given the worst courtroom, a dark, noisy, poorly-airconditioned chamber in the basement. The overpopulated drunk tank of the county jail was next door. O’Connor sometimes stepped over or around slumbering bodies in the hallway, and she kept handy a large can of bug spray.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor, p. 106

2020: The Race

So far, five Democrats have declared their candidacy:

  • Of the five, four are women. FOUR.
  • One mayor, Julian Castro, from San Antonio, TX, a state that is greatly impacted by the issues of the border wall. This Stanford grad delivered part of his speech in Spanish.

It is clear which groups are most angered by Trump.

We are outraged by the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and by the male posturing of the President and his enablers: Senators McConnell and Graham. By the hypocrisy of Senator Susan Collins.

Also clear: Democracy won’t die with Trump.

Stay tuned.

A Woman’s Place

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Norma McCorvey, who was at the center of Roe v. Wade, passed away today at an assisted living center in Texas. She was 69.

Her legal challenge, entered under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion.

Associated Press: “She was 22, unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time in 1969 when she sought to have an abortion in Texas, where the procedure was illegal except to save a woman’s life.”

Years later, she had an almost 180-degree conversion and became an anti-abortion activist.

She had a hard life but . . . Roe v. Wade lives because of her.

Stay tuned.

Sentence of the Day: The Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, Dec. 19 & 26, 2016

“. . .  after proposing, late in the campaign and apparently without irony, that her mission as First Lady would be to campaign against bullying, she (Melania) has retreated to the background, and will reportedly be staying in New York with the couple’s son, Barron, when the President-elect moves into the White House.”

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