The United States of Draconia

USA Today ran one of the most histrionically ignorant editorials yesterday regarding South Dakota’s over-the-top measure to ban wholesale infanticide:

Opponents of abortion have long feared that attempting to outlaw the practice would bring only repudiation. And so it likely would.

For 30 years, polls have found the public overwhelmingly rejecting an abortion ban.

Now I’m no poll, but I’d say that as Republicans are on a 60-year upswing from the New Deal that the voters have been making a choice that doesn’t correspond to the views of “the polls” on this issue.

So opponents have settled instead for back-door tactics: mandatory waiting periods, burdensome regulations, prescribing what doctors can or can’t tell patients…

I had to re-read that one. I thought they were talking about gun control.

Unless checked, the process South Dakota is starting could lead to the most draconian rollback of personal liberties in U.S. history.

Lincoln’s suspension of posse comitatus, the internment of Japanese in WWII, Plessy v. Ferguson and (g*d Noooo) The Patriot Act. Stop complaining everybody, South Dakota just topped them all!

Meanwhile, south of the Dakotas, Judge Rules for Cubans Who Were Sent Back:

MIAMI – A judge has ordered federal officials to “use their best efforts” to help 15 Cubans return to the United States, weeks after they reached an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys but were sent back to their homeland.
[…]
“In this holding, the Court is not ruling on the wisdom, or lack of wisdom, of the ‘wet foot/dry foot’ policy,” Moreno wrote in the 12-page ruling.
[…]
Mariela Conesa, whose husband, Marino Hernandez, and their 13-year-old son Osniel, were among the 15 migrants sent back to Cuba, said she wept tears of joy when she heard the news.

“I call them every three days, but sometimes it pains me to call because I know they’re waiting for news, and I have nothing to say. And today, I finally have news,” Conesa said.

“As much as I cried out of sadness a month ago when they were sent home, I cried today out of joy,” she said.

Not so fast Senorita Conesa. You may want to leave that life raft where it is. South Dakota won’t let you exterminate your kids!

The Supreme Court has been upholding that wet foot/dry foot policy for children escaping the uterine gulag for almost 35 years now.

9 comments

  1. Now I’m no poll, but I’d say that as Republicans are on a 60-year upswing from the New Deal that the voters have been making a choice that doesn’t correspond to the views of “the polls” on this issue.

    Every man’s an island. Every man’s a poll.

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  3. Issues like this are precisely why I favor a Federalist Society-like Supreme Court. Let the states decide their own laws. Abortion is not a Constitutional Right.

    Now if they’d only reverse Kelo and allow states to decriminalize all vice, I’d just sit here being happy. I’d probably have no reason to ever logon to a computer again.

  4. Shhh Smantix. You’re killing the “living” Constitution.

    Right to privacy? Oh yeah, show me. RvW should never have been made precedent. Call me draconian, I guess.

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  6. So opponents have settled instead for back-door tactics: mandatory waiting periods, burdensome regulations, prescribing what doctors can or can’t tell patients

    They don’t sound like back door tactics to me, they sound more like Hillary health care.

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