There was a time when the entire world looked towards the United States of America as a model and beacon of progress, greatness, safety and hope. No longer, I’m afraid. Today it is looked upon as regressive, not to mention dangerous. Gun violence: every day, on average, 316 people in America are shot. Dangerous also, now, for many pregnant women (not all) seeking abortions. Does this signal the return to illegal backstreet procedures? The clock has been turned back.
Progress? The USA is a nation whose outdated Electoral College vote put an individual named Donald Trump into the shoes of President who in turn nominated three of the five conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. It escapes no one that these three are fervent Catholics. Since when do personal religious beliefs dictate legislature for an entire country? What happened to the separation rule of church and state, does it not exist in America? The Vatican in Rome has publicly approved the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
If only Ruth Bader Ginsberg hadn’t died, or had retired earlier. If only the Electoral College had been abolished. None of this would’ve happened.
Today, the rest of the world learns with shock and horror the Roe news. It’s like plunging into a dystopian novel, which is why my blog’s cover photo depicts Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.