Thursday, April 19, 2007
Calgon, take me away...
I am feeling deeply dispirited today.
It's due, undoubtedly, to the news. I've intermittently heard more news about the Virginia Tech shootings, which is so horrifying and sad that I can hardly bear to listen.
And then there's the Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, in which by a 5-4 decision the Court upheld the validity of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. You can read the full decision here, if you're so inclined, but be prepared to be discouraged. At least there's the well-written dissenting opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and joined by Justices Stevens, Souter and Breyer, which you can read here. Yay for those four thoughtful justices. If there's ever an example of how much damage a bad president's bad judicial appointments can do, this is it.
Alberto Gonzales gets a double role in my bad mood today. He not only promotes the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and is the named plaintiff above, but his testimony today was simply incredible. It's sort of like listening to George Bush Senior in the Iran-Contra hearings...either he's lying or he's so incredibly stupid and forgetful that he has no place acting as Attorney General. It was vaguely gratifying to hear virtually every senator who questioned him sounding skeptical and at times flat out incredulous. But as an indication of what is being allowed to happen at the top of our government, it's disgusting.
I'm going off to soak in a long bubble bath and read my british mystery novel. If there was ever a day where escape to another time and place was warranted, this is it.