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Author: Common Dreams

A Civil War in the making: The payoff for 50 years of attacks by rightwing interests on democracy

The June 24th Supreme Court ruling nullifying Roe v. Wade should not be viewed as an isolated event in America’s cultural wars but instead as the result of a fifty-year conservative strategy to supplant US democracy with plutocracy. Although culture wars are an important aspect of this strategy, conservative SCOTUS cultural rulings are not the final objective but merely a stepping-stone to the ultimate goal: weakening the Federal system to the point where the U.S. becomes, in effect, a confederacy. Conservatives are refighting the 1861 Civil War. And they are winning. Although the American Civil War was a war fought over...

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Degradation of Democracy: New analysis details how the Supreme Court’s record has hit rock bottom

A new analysis released on July 13 argue that the right-wing majority now controlling the U.S. Supreme Court has dragged the institution to its lowest point in history by overtly, and repeatedly attacking the bedrock foundation upon which the nation was built: representative democracy itself. In the report — titled The Supreme Court’s Role in the Degradation of Democracy — researchers with the Campaign Legal Center detail how the Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has issued rulings in a “consistently anti-democratic” pattern and by doing so reversed “decades of work by prior Courts that sought to perfect...

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Of coups and cover-ups: Public petition amplifies calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to be impeached

A petition calling on the Democratic-controlled House to launch impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas surpassed one million signatures, an indication of growing public outrage over the right-wing judge’s proximity to efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his role in the ongoing attack on constitutional freedoms. The petition, posted to the website of progressive advocacy group MoveOn, currently has more than 989,000 signatures after a surge following the Supreme Court majority’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which ended the constitutional right to abortion. In his concurring opinion in Dobbs, Thomas plainly stated his...

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Children will only be safe from guns when we change from a culture of violence to a culture of peace

A deadly epidemic is hitting the U.S. and ordinary citizens are unable to stop it. The reason is simple: the laws protect the killers. And those responsible for making the laws have abdicated their responsibility. They do so even when the victims could be their children or grandchildren, engulfed in a wave of violence and death that is increasingly targeting schools. The Gun Violence Archive reports that mass shootings have increased from 269 in 2014 to 693 in 2021. Lawmakers — mostly Republican — systematically refuse to enact effective legislation to control arms sales. This is frustrating to most...

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A Blood Sport: How the Second Amendment fueled the gun lobby’s fetish for death and carnage

It is shameful and unconscionable that this country has allowed gun violence to become the leading cause of death among children in the United States, but that is the reality. The legislation, including gun measures, recently signed into law represents a step in the right direction: it does some good things, such as provide money to encourage states to pass and implement “red flag” laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, as well as money for school safety and mental health resources; it expands background checks for gun purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21...

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Another horrifying day in America: Mass shooting in Chicago suburb leaves 6 dead at July 4th Parade

Panicked children and adults ran for their lives Monday as at least six people were killed and dozens more were wounded in a mass shooting that took place during a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Veteran Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet, who described the scene of the shooting as a “bloodbath,” said she saw blankets covering three bloodied bodies and five other people wounded and bloodied near the parade viewing stand. More than 30 people who were wounded, mostly by gunshots but some from the ensuing chaos at the parade, were taken to...

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