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Kansas has all but banned abortion in the state by passing restrictive building code rules specifically applicable to abortion clinics. Kansas GOP leaders realize the rules will be deemed unconstitutional.....they passed it anyway. Kansas is where the forced-pregnancy terrorist, Scott Roeder, assassinated abortion doctor George Tiller.
Ohio House Republicans passed a bill which would ban abortions for women before they know they are pregnant. Most likely influenced by the "smaller government", "keep government away from my Medicare", Tea Party scholars. The forced-pregnancy Ohio House Republicans banned all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as 5-6 weeks after conception. No word on whether heartbeats were detectable in those who voted for the measure.
Minnesota has shut down it's state government over Republican resistance to raising taxes on their state's wealthiest citizens to help pay for a budget shortfall of $5 billion. Wealthy Minnesotans, like wealthy Americans in every state, have been enjoying historically low federal and state income tax rates for almost ten years now.....so you can understand why Republicans want to keep that streak alive. Or not.
Georgia and South Carolina have each passed strict new immigration laws similar to the law Arizona has had blocked by federal injunction. In South Carolina, Palin/Bachmann clone, Governor Nikki Haley...despite tough financial times, is creating a $1.3 million illegal immigration Enforcement Unit employing 12 full time officers. The unit will serve as a liaison between local police and federal immigration officials. The unit will also have "its own unique uniforms and vehicle markings."
On a national level, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is finally saying publicly what The Reverend has been telling readers here for a very long time....
"[W]e need to start asking ourselves an uncomfortable question -- are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012?" Schumer said. "Senator McConnell made it clear last October that his number one priority, above everything else, is to defeat President Obama. And now it is becoming clear that insisting on a slash-and-burn approach may be part of this plan -- it has a double-benefit for Republicans: it is ideologically tidy and it undermines the economic recovery, which they think only helps them in 2012."
Destroying the village in order to, you know, save it. Which brings me to the wars of Empire report. Drone hellfire missiles were launched into Somalia last week prompting the Washington Post to say....
The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives.
Apparently, the Authorization to Use Military Force resolution passed in 2001 was actually a declaration of war by the United States....on the entire world.
Naturally, taxes cannot be raised to pay for our world war, or anything else for that matter....because then we wouldn't be free. And, after all, that's why we are at war at home and with the world....to protect our freedom.
I give you this rundown of stories today before I get out of Dodge for the weekend....to have you ponder the state of our "land of liberty"......the land of liberty we will pay lip service to, if even that, this 4th of July holiday.
Is what is happening inside America...and outside....the way it has always been....or is something fundamentally different now? And if so....what is that something? I have a few of my own partial answers, but I'd like to hear yours.
I will resume blogging Tuesday. Have an excellent 4th of July weekend.