As the long-term readers here are aware, I become scarce about this time of year, and remain that way until November. My work takes me out into the field for the next several months, and my time, opportunity, and inclination to write blog posts takes a major hit. A week from now, that cycle is going to start again. Besides the usual workload, I am once again breaking in a new assistant, which means even less time. Now, on to the other stuff.
Tag Archives: Rights
Over the past few months, federal and state courts have been finding that state bans on marriage equality or recognizing LGBT marriages are unconstitutional. Utah was the first, and it’s since been followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky, and New Mexico. While most of these are being appealed, Virginia’s is not, and in Kentucky, the Attorney General has refused to appeal, so an outside counsel will be used. In reaction, several states are attempting “religious freedom” bills to allow people to refuse LGBT’s on the basis of “religious objections.” Arizona, Kansas, and Indiana have all attempted it, with … poor results. Arizona’s governor vetoed the bill after massive backlash, while Kansas and Indiana allowed their bills to die in the legislatures. It’s not unexpected that there is going to be this sort of reaction, particularly in the “Red States,” where Republicans hold control and are acting on their base’s demands.
Early last year, I discussed the Republican Party’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” and spent some time on their recognition that they needed to reach out to women voters. They were, and still are, very upset that the Democratic Party was able to paint them as conducting “a war on women.”
5. Republicans should develop a more aggressive response to Democrat rhetoric regarding a so-called “war on women.” In 2012, the Republican response to this attack was muddled, and too often the attack went undefended altogether. We need to actively combat this, better prepare our surrogates, and not stand idly by while the Democrats pigeonhole us using false attacks. There are plenty of liberal policies that negatively impact women, and it is incumbent upon the party to expose those and relentlessly attack Democrats using that framework.
They’ve been doing that, and in the past month have been vigorously conducting aggressive responses explaining how liberal policies negatively impact women, and then explaining the Republican position.
There’s a lot of stories right now about Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah. This has caused LGBT couples in Utah to apply for marriage licenses, couples are being married (including by the Mayor of Salt Lake City), and there’s lots and lots of news stories. Of course, the state wants to appeal, screaming about “activist judges.”
Gov. Gary Herbert issued a statement following Shelby’s ruling, saying he was disappointed.
“It’s not surprising to me. It’s disappointing, but not surprising,” Herbert said. “Typical wisdom would have had, with the order of last Friday, a stay to accompany with it. It clearly was going to be appealed, no matter what the decision was, it would be appealed by either side. So the process will move forward, that’s the democratic process.
The usual crowd on the right wing are also screaming their heads off, with the usual dire warnings and rush to the bastions to “defend marriage.”
My previous post was about the misunderstanding of the “freedom of speech” clause in the First Amendment. That is, having the right to say something doesn’t shield you from the consequences of that speech. Which leads me to the title of this post, which is the famous first line in the Miranda warning that is a staple on every police show. It comes from the Fifth Amendment. Over the past few years of watching the blowback over various statements that have been made, as well as the counter-attacks attempting to mitigate the consequences under the “free speech” banner, I think that the “right to remain silent” is a much under appreciated (and necessary) right that some should be exercising. Yesterday was a sterling example, as the Justine Sacco fiasco took over Twitter.