Sunday, May 8, 2022

Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/08/2022

This week on our radio roundtable: SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States. We discuss the leaked ruling that would kill Roe v Wade as settled law.

We expect a Solomonic wisdom from SCOTUS. But, of late it appears to suffer the same polarizing politics of the legislative branch, having been biased effectively by them and the executive branch. I was taught that SCOTUS was an impartial arbiter of our laws, as measured by the truest letters and intents of our Constitution. Sadly, I have been disabused of that naïve notion, and there is no Santa Claus.

Recently, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa struck down the CDC’s authority regarding the use of protective masks on public transportation. Last I looked, the CDC had a public health charter? Yes/No?

During the height of the pandemic, many of those who argued vehemently against wearing masks had no issue with exposing others to grave risk of death. Many of them claimed, ‘I have my rights. It’s my body, my choice’. (Sound familiar?)

No masks? Pro-life? That strikes me as an odd Venn diagram of oxymoronic values. 

hy·poc·ri·sy /həˈpäkrəsē/ noun
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

As a guy, it’s beyond me to experience pregnancy in unfortunate circumstances, perhaps with no partner for support, and perhaps no future. As a guy, I cannot walk in those shoes (be they flats or heels). I cannot achieve that wisdom. All I can do is extend something rare and precious that in today’s society (and perhaps our judiciary as well) is increasingly absent. We expect wisdom from the courts. We expect decrees that clearly exude that wisdom. Lately, some findings read more like op-ed pieces. Today, we are seeing justices that appear to come up short on balancing the scales of justice, and perhaps even shorter on applying mercy.

Where I have no wisdom, where I cannot frame fair justice, let me hold not righteous dudgeon, but rather, let me offer tender mercy.

Our winding path to a more perfect union is not an easy walk, but walk we must. 

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The Supreme Court episode of More Perfect Union =>

Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)
Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)

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1 comment:

  1. We have never in our lifetimes had a court which RESTRICTED existing rights. Now, while more and more nations around the world are coming to recognize women's autonomy, OUR nation's Court is moving us backwards.