Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Thomas More Dead Women Society: More Election Denial! More Religious Zealotry! More Subjugation!

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I mentioned the sophomorically named Thomas More Society in July, when former Illinois State Rep Peter Breen was giggling at the prospect of arguing before the Sinister Supreme Court that pregnant women should be detained and stopped from interstate travel because they may engage in the soon-to-be unlawful activity of abortion.  

Before the monstrous Dobbs decision, Breen and the Thomas More Slavery Society brought lawsuits in Sangamon County (Their headquarters is in Chicago but, you know these religious freaks don't want to bring a case up before Cook County Judges) that Illinois Abortion Coverage Mandate somehow violates their "sincere" religious beliefs.  Breen of course, cited the almost as monstrous 2014 Hobby Lobby Court decision which allowed business owners to determine what employees can or can not do with their personal medical care.  Peter Breen is a grotesque but, he's far from the only one at this rightwing club of scoundrels as they've brought lawsuits in numerous states using the false piety and religious liberty to restrict the rights of others.

To wit: As the 2022 Elections conclude, the Thomas More Society is gearing up to overthrow the results of elections because Republicans are no longer certain their techniques for suppressing voter turnout and disenfranchisement provide them with enough "wins" so like all Authoritarians they've moved to "legally" challenging and overturning results.
"If there is a close election, it’s going to be up to us to fix it,” said Erick Kaardal, a lawyer with the Thomas More Society, a conservative legal group in Chicago, during an Oct. 27 Zoom attended by more than 50 people. “We’re the team that’s going to have to fix an election in Michigan, if it’s rigged.”
And how will we know if "it's rigged"?  Why if the Republican supposedly lost, it's rigged!  And how do we "fix it"?  Why simply declare the Republicans the winners!

The Thomas More Dead Women and More Slavery society started in 1998, when these types of groups got their footing on the coattails of Racist Limbaugh's powerful rightwing agitprop radio program, Newt Gingrich's Contract on America, and the birth of Faux News.  Since, then these groups have worked the Long Game, slowly eroding laws and codifying religious liberty arguments into US and State Law.  It's an insidious way to overthrow the US Government, and one which was working piece by piece, the kind of methodology preferred by long-time institutionalists like Mich McConnell and John Roberts. 

I hope you've already voted by the time you read this but if you haven't, go vote and take friends and family, because we're quickly moving to the the second stage of a pre-fascist Government in which election losses are overturned via court injunctions and bureaucratic legerdemain.  Thus, the fascists can point to "free & fair" elections as they move to the next step of permanently ensconcing themselves into Office, while retaining the facade of a democratic Republic.  

But, regardless of the outcome of the 2022 Elections understand the Rightwing isn't going to stop.  They've got their bloodlust up, they've got the 6 Unjustices on the Supreme Court, they've got their gerrymandered State Legislatures and they've got their sights set upon claiming the Whole Thing in 2024. So as I've written before get ready.  Get ready to fight for your lives, literally.  Because Rightwingers are coming for them.

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