Sunday, October 01, 2006

When I was in high school, the Supreme Court didn't scare me.

When I was a high school senior, I took government like all the other high school seniors. My teacher was a little whacked, but I liked government and politics and he gave us extra credit for watching SNL becasue it was the run up to the 2000 election. I will always remember something he said when we were looking at major US Supreme Court rulings through the years. He said that Roe v. Wade would never be overturned. It was no a ruling based on beliefs, but a ruling to ensure the well-being of the American public. He said that if they overturned the ruling they would be putting the citizen's health at risk. I have been living under the assumption that this was what was going on. That the Bill of Rights would protect our liberties and that the rulings of the Supreme court were in the favor of the citizens of this country. Boy, was I wrong...Two tainted elections and supreme court nominations later, I am contemplating moving to another country. The fact that in this day and age there is a possibility that the citizens of a "first" world country may have to visit back alley clinics is disturbing, but the fact that even with legal status, people who go to clinics that perform abortions, even if going for another reason, are subjected to the critizism of a group of people that have no right to emotionally harm them. To live under a government that passes a piece of legislation titled the "Patroit Act" that chips away at our most fundamental freedoms outlined in a document that outlines our civil rights is disgusting.

So, I wish I could go back to high school, when political scandals were tamer and focused on blow jobs and money and not secret CIA torture camps and child predators in Congress.

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