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Letter: Welcome to the regressive Republican’s new old America

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump, including Jacob Chansley, right with fur hat, are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. Congress is set to hear from former security officials about what went wrong at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That's when when a violent mob laid siege to the Capitol and interrupted the counting of electoral votes. Three of the four testifying Tuesday resigned under pressure immediately after the attack, including the former head of the Capitol Police. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

I’m wondering how far the conservative Republicans are going to be allowed to go before the American people stand up and say enough is enough.

They had their little insurrectionist party at the U.S. Capitol.

They arguably underhandedly procured not one but two Supreme Court seats. And now previous Supreme Court precedents are being liberally cast aside.

First the regressive Republican court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Apparently they enjoyed gutting section 4 so much they went back for seconds and gutted section 2.

Now they’re charting the end of Roe v Wade, beginning in Texas. As I understand it, a woman doesn’t necessarily even know she’s pregnant at six weeks; and apparently rape is now no big deal and incest just keeps things in the family. And now citizen conservative vigilantes (having no standing) can file to sue anyone (for up to 48 months afterward) who assists a woman, and collect a hefty ten thousand dollar reward. Be advised, pilgrims, there’s a new court in town.

Given the above, does it seem far-fetched to expect the following future additions from the backward Republicans and their regressive Supreme Court?

Overturning Engel v Vitale. There will be mandatory prayer for all schoolchildren (almost seems kinda Talibanish, eh?). And overturning Brown v Board of Education/Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment — because separate is equal. And given that more Democrats than Republicans voted for passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that seems a must on the regressive court’s hit list.

And then there’s every Equal Opportunity law in housing, education, jobs. Will a red line be coming to a bank near you?

I guess the saying is true that everything old becomes new again. Welcome to the regressive Republican’s new old America.

Ross McCollin, South Salt Lake

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