As I See It: The Scarlet Letter 2022
How abortion rights are shaping the upcoming election.
The past ten months have certainly been interesting. At the beginning of the year, it appeared the Republicans had a pretty good chance to take control of the House of Representatives, and an outside chance to take control of the Senate. I certainly didn’t anticipate the initial and ongoing backlash from the Supreme Court decision that narrowly overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the authority to restrict or outlaw abortions to the individual states. The reaction has been and continues to be strident, often over the top, vociferous and has become the number one contentious issue in our state, and perhaps the national, elections.
Before any actual actions were taken by some states, others in Minnesota were preparing to open the doors for women from outside the state to come to our state to get abortions – which might be paid for with tax dollars if the person couldn’t afford it. Large corporations including Starbucks committed to paying for women’s travel to get an abortion if it was necessary.
Abortion alone has energized many people to say they will vote in 2022. At this point, I wouldn’t predict anything concerning the mid-term elections at the national level. It’s the same at the state level in Minnesota. Last week I heard a knowledgeable individual report that every state-level elected position in Minnesota is held by a Democrat. That’s unbelievable and believable at the same time. Finding a public pro-life Democrat candidate in this state is virtually impossible, much less getting one to run for office.
In Minnesota, every Democrat candidate for state office has made abortion a primary issue; even the Democrat State Auditor has reportedly managed to insert abortion into her campaign. Minnesota abortion statistics: 10,136 abortions in 2021; Planned Parenthood performed 70% of all abortions and 46% were funded by taxpayers. Anything to audit here?
All of this is going on while Governor Walz and Attorney General Ellison are rightly being criticized for their milquetoast approach to public safety. The destructive aftermath of George Floyd’s death reflected a distinct lack of leadership and inability to act decisively in critical situations. Both Walz and Ellison have recently gotten religion, vowing to start doing what they should have done years ago. The nightly news gives us a daily dose of governmental paralysis in the face of addressing violent crime. But they were also asleep at the switch in leading an administration that failed to identify and stop the massive Feeding our Future $250 million fraud!
On the national level, besides abortion, inflation is straining the lives of millions of people who try to feed their families, provide adequate shelter, clothing, and utilities, and be able to travel to work and other family-related activities. They are also aware of the disparity between what an illegal alien (AKA undocumented immigrant) is provided by the federal government and what they themselves can receive. At least President Biden has been successful in hamstringing the US domestic oil industry and reducing the “Strategic” Oil Reserve that would be needed in a real crisis.
The election is just over a week away and nearly everyone I talk with wishes it were done and over with a month ago. The harsh rhetoric, innuendoes, half-truths, misrepresentations, creative editing, vitriol, character assassination, and outright lies have left most of us nauseous. Do we really want to base our votes on how well one candidate can make the other one look like Darth Vader?
I do know the power of the Dark Side and too many politicians reside there!
Campaign ads are written as though one candidate has the fate of the free world, women, minorities or any other group in their hands. No one candidate can prohibit abortion. No one candidate can change voting laws and processes. No one candidate controls the economy, much less the climate. It takes a majority of a legislative body to write laws.
I wonder if the election results will resemble some of the videos of burning, exploding electric cars and scooters?
That’s the way I see it.