Liberal New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow said this weekend that the United States is “drawing closer” to yet another civil war.
In an op-ed on Saturday, Blow argued that the ongoing debate over Texas’ recently passed abortion law and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s invocation of former Vice President John C. Calhoun reminded him of the debate on state rights and slavery. , of which Calhoun was a supporter, in the decades leading up to the Civil War.
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âA key piece of women’s rights and bodily autonomy is being wrenched away as we watch,â Blow wrote, referring to Texas law restricting abortions that remain in place while providers are left behind. abortion were allowed in a US Supreme Court ruling on Friday to continue challenging it.
Blow specifically highlighted Sotomayor’s dissent against the law, which said, âThis is a brazen challenge to our federal structure. This echoes the philosophy of John C. Calhoun, a vocal advocate of the slave South who insisted that states had the right to ‘veto’ or ‘nullify[y]’any federal law they disagreed with. “
Blow wrote that he found Sotomayor’s invocation of Calhoun “striking” and claimed that there were “too many difficult parallels” between the preparations for civil war in the 1800s and the debate over Texas’ ability to restrict abortions today.
“I see this country on the brink of yet another civil war, as the Calhunian impulse is reborn,” Blow wrote.
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While Blow acknowledged that there were “huge, obvious differences” between the United States that faced the Civil War and the country today, he argued that both were about “the subjugation of all those who challenge the racist white patriarchy “.
âAnd this war will not only be about the subjugation of blacks, but also the subjugation of all who challenge white racist patriarchy,â Blow wrote. âHe will seek to push out all the ‘others’: blacks, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people and, yes, women, especially liberals. “
Blow ended the article by noting that this Supreme Court challenge could be a “test case” as to whether a “civil law” could be reversed at the state level and whether we could be faced with “an era of regression”.
âWe should all be very concerned about what we are seeing happening with these abortion cases – not just women who might need abortions or relatives and friends of women who might need them,â Blow concluded. “We should ask ourselves whether or not we are at an inflection point in an era of regression.”
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