gounion wrote: ↑Thu May 05, 2022 8:28 am
Glenn tells us that if the Dems take over, they will destroy the nation. Under Dems, we won't have any freedom.
Of course, history tells us quite differently. FDR saved our nation from revolution, and remade our rights and our economy and won a world war, all against the tide of what the GOP wanted. Even Eisenhower, a nominally Republican President, was an FDR adherent. He supported FDR concepts like labor rights.
However, one of FDR's grave mistakes was not extending those rights to blacks and minorities. That was extended to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WW2.
There is a public sphere and a private sphere. The public sphere, where we do business and organize together, is what must be regulated. The economy and business must have rules that everyone abides by. Business should not have human rights under the Constitution, but the Supreme Court has given them that.
But there is the private sphere. What people do in their private lives. Like most Democrats, progressives, liberals, whatever you wish to call us - I accept all these titles (though the one I embrace the most is the title of Trade Unionist), I strongly believe the most important right as an American is to live my personal life as I chose. Inside my home, and who I live with and who I love is not the government's business. Also, I have the right to my own body and personal decisions thereof.
The only caveat there should be is that it is among consenting adults. The state has the duty to protect children and adult who do not consent. There goes the right to own slaves, which I think many conservatives still want to have.
I believe there is an inherit right in the Constitution for the right to privacy. The word meant different things when the document was written, but the Founding Fathers did not believe the government had the right to go into a person's home and regulate their lives there.
But the GOP and the right does NOT believe there is a right to privacy. They believe the government can tell you who you can marry, who you can love, what consenting adults you can have sex with, make your medical decisions for you (yes, even whether to sterilize you against your will or not), whether you can legally buy contraceptives or not (even if you are married, so they're making the decision for you in procreation, too), and even what race of person you can marry.
They are against each and every case in this nation that was decided based upon the concept that you have a right to privacy in this nation.
And that's where the battle lines are drawn. The right to privacy is the right I'm fighting for.
As the old labor anthem laments, which side are YOU on?