Rosa Parks was a fine, brave woman who helped to push the levers of American history in a positive direction. Her death deserves to be marked with appropriate solemnity; but does it follow that she deserves to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda? And who gets to lie in the Rotunda, anyway? According to Wikipedia:
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I just talked to the vice president for membership from NOW, Latifa Lyles. She said the turnout is "part of a mounting campaign." I stopped her there and asked about this protest and if NOW is the only group there. She acknowledged it is. They were calling on other organizations to join them, but the larger groups "are now strategizing. As for us, we just had to hit the streets to make our presence known."
I asked her about the prolifers lined up, who number about 30 (to NOW's 15 to 17 gals, one guy), and she said, "I think it's ironic. Over the last couple of months, they seemed to get their way in stacking the courts with anti-choice judges ... We're in a position to protest because we haven't been able to do so [getting their judges on the court]. We came out to urge for our core Constitutional rights."
Would you say that the spectrum your group covers is also forÂ abortion on demand? "Yes, absolutely."
And at 5 p.m., they're clearing out. The prolifers are still here. No changing ships. Now they're praying together.
The people facing the Supreme Court with tape over their mouths are pro-life protesters, and the tape has "Life" printed on it. I just talked to one of them, Lou Engale, of Bound4Life.com, who said that they have been here for almost a year straight. Theirs is not a protest, but a prayer, he said, and it's not angry. "We're for mothers. We just believe there's a better way than abortion."
I asked him what he thought of the NOW protest, and he said, "It's a worldview issue. And I understand the need for women's rights, but not the right to murder the unborn. We believe it's better to have a culture of life."
Ah, the tired protest slogans:
"Right wing judges have got to go, hey hey, ho ho!"
"Racist, sexist, anti-gay, right wing judges, go away."
"What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!"
Signs include: the ubiquitous NOW sign, "Keep Abortion Legal," "Scalito Say Arrivederci to Immigrants," and "Scalito: Wrong for Civil Rights."
Others: "Scalito is a trick, not a treat"; "Fight the radical right"; "Hell no, Alito"; "Support Civil Right, Reject Alito"; "If Alito's In, Reproductive Rights Are Out"; "Women Beware, Scalito Doesn't Care."
There's a line of people facing theÂ Supreme Court, some have their fists up, some have tape over their mouths (thank heaven!). Â Fifteen to 20 are walking in a circle chanting, among others, "Pro life that's a lie, you don't care if women die." The only guy in the procession has a sign reading, "Keep Abortion Legal." The gals giggled at his aggressive, forceful voice cracking point during that chant.
AtÂ the National Organization for Women -- National Association of Gals -- protest: about 45 protesters and a couple spectators. Nine reporters, so the proportion of protesters to media types is five to one. Freire reports the men present are very sensitive, interested, and compassionate. Unclear whether or not they're single.
Democrats don't even bother to talk about the Constitution as a text anymore. They speak of "constitutional values."Â Every comment they've made so far about Alito sounds like criticism of aÂ political candidiate not a judge.Â Since they can't find any inflammatory rhetoric in his record, they have to work doubly hard to twist his rulings into a statement on hisÂ "values."Â The fiendÂ doesn't even support the Family Medical Leave act!Â But this comically convolutedÂ propaganda won't work with the general public.Â Ordinary AmericansÂ understand thatÂ the job of a judge is to uphold the law, not update it. Alito'sÂ careful jurisprudence will look very reassuring next to the hysterical rhetorical lungesÂ -- "Stop Anti-Choice Alito" -- of the left.Â