Month: November 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Washing one another’s feet

The schisms within families and amongst friends and colleagues, the uneasy – and momentary – peace brought about by “agree to disagree” is not because of the election. Your differences were unveiled (not created) because of the election and the fractures in our supportive tissue couldn’t stand up under the stress. The people who have angered and disappointed you always felt the way they are now revealed; they just hid it well. Now, there is both a mechanism and permission for them to say what they have hidden from you all this time.

I have read (too many) stories of people with bi (racial and sexual), disabled, gay or trans children who have enjoyed the support of their friends and families until the election when lines became clearer. But Trump did not take away that support; your friends and family just got honest about its limitations. The lines were always there. They just needed a black light to be seen.

A few of my conservative friends (and several social media strangers) have belligerently demanded to know whether I’m calling them “racist,” “homophobic,” or “misogynist,” putting the burden on me to chip away at the fissure between us. My answer is that “You chose to support a racist, homophobic misogynist and you were quite vocal in your criticisms of Hillary. You had your reasons – taxes, trade deals, whatever – I don’t know and I don’t care. So, you decided to sacrifice your tolerance to your other issues. That is your choice.

“Now, he is appointing even more racist, homophobic and misogynistic people to his cabinet. If you choose not to separate these actions from the ones you chose to support – and call him on them in no uncertain terms – then you support them. I’m not calling you racist, homophobic, or misogynistic. Your choice to support those who are, without demanding they stop it, speaks for itself.”

These are people I think of as “good” people. They are kind. They can be quite generous with their time and money. However, this is bigger than “agree to disagree.” This defines who we are – and who we have always been.

I’m not going to change your minds. Nothing I say will cause you to fight for whatever you already don’t believe in. So, I am done. (Okay, probably not really, but you are not my focus any more. You are responsible for your own choices and I can’t change them. But I can’t ignore them either.) So, I am going to focus on those who are hurt by what is happening here.

From now on, I plan to hark back to my not-yet-forgotten biblical upbringing and wash others’ feet.

 

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

John 13:14

 

It’s a new day.

Day 1 — New world.
 
I am both hurt and afraid.
 
Yes, I remain hopeful that I’ve been wrong all this time and my Republican friends are right…BUT, I am still very afraid of the anger and intolerance that’s been unleashed.
 
There is the (pretty large) escapist part of me that dreams of moving to a small sea town in Nova Scotia (with healthcare). And then there is the angry (and maybe a little escapist) piece of me that thinks, “ok, guys, you got it all – the whole magilla. The world is in your hands now – warts and all. Go ahead. Fix it. I’ll be gardening and walking my dogs for the next four years. Let me know how it goes.”
 
And demanding (more than) equal due, there is the piece of me that has gotten me to my current place in life: my infernal, never-ending, god-damned resilience. I start imagining the things I can do to fix it; to contribute; to find the positive spin, until I realize how exhausted I am.
 
And then, as if that stupid bounce-backedness weren’t sufficiently annoying, my fierceness emerges. How dare you, America, put someone in charge who maligns me and my friends and family?
 
Not on my watch, baby.
 
I am one of the privileged. I’m white. Christian (by upbringing). I’m well educated. I was brought up to navigate the world’s avenues. I’ve chosen to leave NY professional life and make room for a “real” life – one that is not commandeered by my paycheck and the demands of those who give it to me. I walk my dogs during the week in the woods. Sometimes, that means I work on Sunday morning instead – tea, dogs, and Meet the Press keeping me company, but I’m good with that. Although, it sometimes means that my upbringing relates to the Whole Foods crowd while my bank account negotiates with the Cracker Barrel folks.
 
Other than my gender (which is no small issue), I am entirely privileged and not at the mercy of many of the forces unleashed during this past election cycle. But that doesn’t buy me a pass. It buys me a passport to travel in other’s worlds.
 
My social community, on the other hand, is, in large part, the community I’ve built around my dogs and the sports I play with them. A fair percentage of this community is lesbian. Over the past ten years, I have watched many friends blossom, throw off protective silence and emerge as the real, true, fully fleshed human beings they are when fear is not their guiding principle. The legal and social progress we’ve made over the course of the past administration has enabled people I love to fly their rainbow flag in public. And it’s beautiful.
 
I am so intertwined in this community – they are my chosen family – that, even though I have my straight-girl “Get Out of Jail Free” card, I am incapable of playing it. I feel I have become an invited guest of the LGBT community. And this election just threw down. Yes, I know, I know: blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, immigrants, the disabled: I do cry for us all – and it just magnifies the pain. I know people who, quite literally, would not be alive today were it not for the ACA. And I’m not young and I freelance, so my health depends on it too.
 
So, with all my fierceness going to the mat with my escapism – one hand researching work laws in Canada while the other Googles community programs I can participate in to protect at least my small piece of the world, that oh-so-pesky resilience and fight whispers (not so quietly) that it will win and we all know it.
 
Not me. Not my family.
 
And then, because WWIII is not enough to rip out my insides, possibly my very favorite Millennial (she ranks with those related to me by blood – and she practically is blood. I have known her since before her parents met), reaches out and messages this old and irrelevant lady:
 
“Don’t stop.”
 
And, with those two words, it’s game over.
 
Good-bye Nova Scotia. Garden, tend thyself.
 
I haven’t yet sorted out what form my fight will take. I suspect, like my mission to change the tone of the election we all may or may not have survived, it will demand truth, facts, research, opening minds and a path toward peace, tolerance, acceptance, love and dogs.
Don’t go away. We’re going to need you.

Love must trump hate.

Day 100 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

Because of what could happen. Because of what did happen.

Because, despite the outcome of the election, I need to believe that love does trump hate.

She honors history — voting rights and the ERA

Day 99 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
She honors her history.
 
From the time the women’s voting rights movement started, it took almost 100 years to pass. Now, it’s another just-shy-of-100 years since then before we may elect a female president.
 
In its too-circuitous path to ratification, the 19th amendment (granting women the right to vote) was leveraged for a variety of sins. Much of its early support arose because many thought allowing white women to vote would help quash efforts to allow black men to vote. Some were tempted by this alliance for passage, but – fortunately – backed off. And yes, in the end, black men got the right to vote 50 years before women of any color.
 
As women organized around voting rights, they chose white as the color to wear identifying themselves as supporters of the movement. It’s why Hillary wore all white when she accepted the DNC’s nomination to run and at one debate. Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro also wore white, in a nod to suffragettes, when they accepted nominations to their historic positions in politics.
 
Some interesting facts about the voting rights movement.
• Idaho and Utah (among other states) gave women the vote before the federal government mandated it.
• Women didn’t turn out to vote in equal numbers as men until 1980 (!).
• It was Democrats who blocked passage of the 19th Amendment.
 
So, here’s a gigantic THANK YOU to all of the women who have gotten us this far. They sacrificed everything to do so.
 
But let’s not forget, folks, the Equal Rights Amendment has never been ratified. The Constitution STILL does not provide specific relief for discrimination based on gender. In fact, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in September 2010 that he does not think the Constitution prohibits sex discrimination.
 
Some reasons we still need the ERA:
 
 Because we don’t have it yet. Even in the 21st century, the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that all of the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex. The only right that the Constitution specifically affirms to be equal for women and men is the right to vote.
 
 We need the ERA because the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause has never been interpreted to guarantee equal rights in the same way the Equal Rights Amendment would. The 14th Amendment has been applied to sex discrimination only since 1971.
 
The Supreme Court matters (and whether we have strict originalists on it). Voting rights matter. Electing a woman to the highest office in our country matters. Hillary knows it and honors those who have gotten us this far and I like that she looks backward as well as forward.
 
My links today include information on the history of women’s suffrage and its choice of white as its identifying color. But it also includes Susan B. Anthony’s defense after her arrest for voting. There is not a word of it that is not true or resonant today. And that just makes me sad (or maybe just a little bit angry and energized).
 
 
 
 
http://www.history.com/news/woman-in-white-hillary-clintons-suffragette-tribute

To sum up…

Day 98 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
So, to summarize.
 
If you’ve been following this blog post (and thank you to those who are, and a special shout out to those who have commented – you make all the work worthwhile), you have heard – so far – 97 reasons I will vote for Hillary. Some of them are sliced pretty thin, some are broadly sweeping. So, how do they add up?
 
First, the easy parts. Here are the things I truly love about her:
 
• She does her homework: every day, all the time, on every subject, well beyond what 99.99999999999% of us would do. Ignorance is inexcusably sinful in her world.
• She follows up – this may be one of my favorite discoveries. With all she has on her plate, I would expect her to finish up some legislation and then move on to the next fire. She does, but somewhere in there, she finds the time to backtrack to the passed legislation, research its effectiveness, poke holes in it to see what doesn’t work – AND THEN SHE FIXES IT. I love that!
• She actively listens – She sets aside one day per month to read articles she’s saved about people who are struggling, she stops lots of the people she meets (shopkeepers, teachers, police) and asks them what’s on their minds, and then meets with her policy folks to strategize a response.
• She writes Thank You notes. All the time. To all sorts of people. I wanted to make a separate blog post about this because it touches me, but never got to it. It’s sweet. It makes people feel important. It’s unnecessary, but lovely.
• She has worked her entire life for other people in unexpected ways. Two of my favorite articles talk about her going undercover in Alabama to investigate desegregation of schools (or, more specifically, schools not desegregating) and going door-to-door in small-town Texas registering Hispanics and young people to vote. This is nitty-gritty work for a woman on a path to the presidency (these, plus the canning factory in Alaska amuse me).
 
Onto some of the grayer aspects of who she is. My primary issue with the Clintons themselves is, and always has been, their looseness with the rules and their sense of personal exceptionalism.
 
My most succinct summation of Hillary is this:
 
She believes the ends justify the means, but I do – in my heart of hearts – believe that her ends are altruistic.
 
Her childhood pastor describes it this way:
 
“My sense of Hillary is that she realizes absolutely the truth of the human condition, which is that you cannot depend on the basic nature of man to be good and you cannot depend entirely on moral suasion to make it good,” Jones says. “You have to use power. And there is nothing wrong with wielding power in the pursuit of policies that will add to the human good. I think Hillary knows this. She is very much the sort of Christian who understands that the use of power to achieve social good is legitimate.”
 
This brings me to my next point: anyone who discounts the power or essence of her faith in her work is missing who she is at her heart. I don’t think she’s cynically manipulative. I think she truly believes that everything she does is in pursuit of doing good in the world.
 
It’s why I think both Clintons always seem a little surprised and perplexed when the world goes after them. “We were curing AIDS throughout the world, why are you bothering with who paid for it? We treated 9 million people!”
 
At some point, it becomes disingenuous, but I think it’s what’s there.
 
In this vein, far from “pay for play,” it turns out that giving money to the Clintons is a risky proposition: you may not get what you think you’re paying for. Wall Street and Pharma both received tighter regulations. The “women-hating” governments the GOP likes to reference gave millions to the Clinton Foundation only to have them use it to treat AIDS and uplift women. I keep picturing the Clintons sitting around chuckling gleefully, “Whee hee – we just got Mobil to pay for solar energy! SCORE!”
 
My next big issue with Hillary is her default to fog. If she could, I believe she would be the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain while creating policy. Some of it is just who she is; many believe some of it is the household she was raised in (I can believe it, but don’t know that for sure), but, however it began, after 30 years and an estimated $200million in investigations, it is now part of her DNA.
 
My life couldn’t stand up to the scrutiny she’s been put under. I don’t think many of us could. And after $200million and counting, what have we learned about her? She didn’t want the world to read all of her emails (because, gosh, maybe they’d misconstrue some of what she said), so she did something really stupid. I understand it. I don’t condone it. But I sure understand it. And I’m here to tell you, If anyone spent 1/millionth the time and energy investigating me, they’d find a lot worse.
 
My strongest initial objection to Hillary was grounded in the visceral loathing she elicits from the right. This concern lingers. And, unfortunately, I don’t expect that to change. However, as fractured as we’ve become as a nation, I remain hopeful that she is uniquely suited to bring us together. She has always worked well with Republicans and, one hopes, that she will be given the chance to continue to do so. I hope her intelligence, hard work, sincere (if somewhat messianic) desire to do good, will resonate with someone, anyone, and encourage cooperation.
 
My most surprising, interesting or illuminating articles are listed below. This is my “Best of” list (and cheers to the NY Times for writing all of them), so, if you’ve ignored all the policy articles, these represent the softer side of Hillary.
 
 
 
 

Because I’m a woman.

Day 97 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Because I’m a woman.
Just as Obama’s election stirred the pot on racism and spewed out dregs of the uneasiness between blacks and whites and all of the shades in between, this election – for me (and many others) – is really about women.
 
It’s not just that Hillary will be the first female president if she wins. It’s not just the comments on sexual predation that Trump made. It’s not just the issues. The circus surrounding this election and the women who have tried, on so many levels, to navigate it has truly delivered the good, the bad and the ugly for women in America and changed the conversation and – one hopes – the reality.
 
I’ve been uplifted and demoralized by the brilliant, thoughtful, very prominent role of female broadcasters and journalists. It’s been torture to watch them be ignored, interrupted, talked over, condescended to, and insulted. One can only imagine what life is like when the microphones are off and the cameras are gone.
 
Megyn Kelly’s grace under bombardment by Trump, Gingrich and, apparently, Ailes, leaves me breathless with respect. Katie Tur was personally singled out by Trump at multiple rallies and at least twice needed the protection of the Secret Service to leave the grounds safely – and yet, she comes back the next day, and the one after that…
 
Parents, teachers and girls report widespread body shaming in response to the comments about fat, ugly, flat-chested women, and creates a groundswell of feminism in children who smell the unfairness and are rising up with a purity and righteousness that is appealing only in the young.
 
We all would like to think there are no more barriers for women – that we’ve achieved a hard-won equality, even as we are still paid only 80¢ on the dollar – just as many declared racism dead once Obama was elected. As a woman who came up through corporate America just a little behind Hillary, I can tell personal stories that, today, would have killed the careers of a couple of handfuls of men who were never so much as reprimanded nor felt a moment’s discomfort for their actions.
 
Money and power soften blows the less fortunate take to the gut. Ivana’s proposal for childcare works fine for the wealthy, but offers no relief to the poor. Her brother’s notion that any woman who’s treated poorly should just find a new job suggests a privilege few “real” women possess.
 
I joined a forum of women for Hillary and the members introduce themselves by telling their “stories.” They are heartbreaking and inspiring simultaneously. They speak of hate, and struggle, and fortitude, and ignorance and lots and lots of misogyny. Mostly, they are the stories of women who do not have nannies, portfolios, healthcare, or, in many cases, a partner or family to get their backs. They are the stories of women up against the wall, doing the best they can – backwards and in high heels.
 
And then there are the men – the ones who get it – the ones who back the women they love. The ones who are fighting in the best ways they know how to support and elevate us. And my heart swells.
 
Lest anyone think women’s issues affect only women, let me offer the following: “we now know that the participation of women’s groups in peace negotiations increases the likelihood of reaching an agreement and implementing it, and the probability that it will last longer.
 
“When women were included in peace processes between 1989 and 2011, agreements were 20% more likely to last as long as two years, and 35% more likely to last 15 years. Additionally, women’s leadership and political participation enhances a community’s ability to resist violent extremism, and women play the most critical family role in influencing young people who are susceptible to radicalization.”
 
…if ever there were an argument for a woman president. The role of women in the political process affects nothing short of world peace and the promotion of terrorism.
 
It’s impossible to guess how much of the pushback and vitriol directed at Hillary has to do with gender, but I know in my heart, there’s an ocean of it. And it’s far from over. If she wins, a fresh round is just beginning. Just ask McCain or Jason Chaffetz. A meme I’ve already posted sums it up nicely for me: I’m not voting for Hillary because she’s a woman. I’m voting for her because I am.
 
But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings – and women, girls and enlightened men think she’s beautiful just as she is.
 
Vote.

She supports the energizing value of immigration.

Day 95 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Hillary supports a clear path to legal citizenship for immigrants.
 
We’re a country of immigrants – always have been. It’s our legacy and our DNA. It’s also part of what makes us great. It energizes us culturally and financially. As a Senator, Clinton co-sponsored the Safe, Orderly, Legal Visas and Enforcement Act of 2004 with Sen. Edward Kennedy. She co-sponsored the Dream Act in 2003, 2005 and 2007, which helped give immigrant students access to higher education and supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act in 2006 and 2007.
 
Hillary’s pledge not to deport any illegal immigrants except violent criminals and terrorists while we fix the system and create a path to citizenship represents a major break from President Obama, and it could vastly increase the number of people who would be allowed to stay in the country.
 
For those who think this is problematic, immigrants actually contribute to the employment of US citizens rather than take jobs, in part, because so many are small business owners – they employ more people than the jobs they take. In fact, the share of immigrant workers who own small businesses is slightly higher than the comparable share among US-born workers; they are 18% of small business owners.
 
Additionally, immigration reduces the federal budget deficit – they contribute to Social Security and pay taxes — about $12 billion a year (more than some presidential candidates, in fact) and, until/unless they become residents, never recoup that money.
 
Immigrants also increase U.S. economic output because they are disproportionately likely to work and are concentrated among prime working ages. Despite being 13% of the population, immigrants comprise 16% of the labor force.
 
Some of Hillary’s plans to facilitate the orderly influx of immigrants:
 
• End the three- and 10-year bars that force families whose members have different citizenship or immigration statuses—into hard choices of leaving or hiding.
• Defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) laws.
• End family detention and close private immigration detention centers.
• Let families—regardless of immigration status—buy into the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
• Expand fee waivers to alleviate naturalization costs, increase access to language programs to encourage English proficiency, and increase outreach and education to help more people navigate the process.
• Create a national Office of Immigrant Affairs to increase federal resources for adult English language education and citizenship education.
 
As an aside, net immigration from Mexico is 0 – as many Mexicans leave the US as come in each year. If we want to build a wall, we have to build it in JFK as most immigrants come from Europe and 46% of them have white-collar jobs – kind of like Melania.
 
 
 

We Are the World — my case for globalism versus nationalism.

Day 95 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Because she is a globalist, not a nationalist.
 
I love this country dearly, but we cannot hope to stand alone. Not only are we personally and culturally enriched by globalization, but we need it for our very survival. We depend on the rest of the world for far too many of the goods, services and resources we use to maintain our lives to ever consider a universe in which we wrap ourselves in our Americanness and try to insulate ourselves from all of the “others” who comprise the rest of the world.
 
Talk of building walls around our borders, reneging on our alliances, and trashing treaties speaks toward an isolation that is unsupportable in today’s world. To borrow from a friend (I think I owe you this heads up, Kari Lavalli) and use one tiny example: we need bauxite. It’s how we make aluminum affordably.
 
What with one thing and another (cars, buildings, packaging, power lines, transistors and paint, to name just a few), aluminum is the most used metal alloy in the world and growing. We (the US) used to produce a fair amount of the bauxite needed to make it. Now, we produce less than 1% of the world supply. You want to see our manufacturing jobs disappear? Become so isolationist that we jeopardize our relationships with our trading partners’ products and cut off our ability to produce aluminum or use it in other products. And that’s just bauxite. It’s a big world out there.
 
We need the rest of this universe (and I want them). We need someone who recognizes the importance of the world, knows how to navigate different cultures and political structures and believes in the value of these efforts. Globalization helped reduce the number of people who live in extreme poverty by half over the past two decades, according to the World Bank.
 
Hillary Clinton spent eight years traveling abroad as first lady and visited more countries than any Secretary of State to that point (I believe Kerry has now passed her). As SoS, her diplomatic skills, in part, contributed to the international sanctions that coaxed Iran to the negotiating table, the deal itself in which Iran gave up their nuclear aspirations, the normalization of relations with Cuba, the START Treaty with Russia, ceasefire in the Middle East, and the climate change agreement in Copenhagen.
 
Globalization cannot be a proposition of winners and losers. We share this planet and need to find the way to work with others to achieve our ultimate goals – world peace, right? Negotiation is tricky. Compromise is how we’ll “win.” Unfortunately, “negotiation” and “compromise” don’t make compelling rallying cries. The subtleties of world trade don’t fit into a 30-second commercial or even a 90-minute debate when there are a dozen topics to cover.
 
But it does come down to a question of approach and intent. Do we understand and appreciate the need for globalization to foster and sustain “the American way?” Brexit is not the answer. I want to be led by the person who sees ALL of us as passengers on one ship and knows how to steer it.
 
 
 

Why a middle-aged white man wasn’t the worst choice (not my favorite choice, but ok).

Day 94 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
She chose a running partner with principled similarities, but had the self-knowledge to shore up her faults.
 
I’ll start by saying I would have loved a VP nominee who was black, Hispanic, gay, Muslim, female, Asian, progressive or almost any other “other” than a white, middle-aged man.
 
But Tim Kaine is more interesting and (the word I seem to use a lot describing this presidential nominee and her campaign) nuanced than his oh-so-vanilla demeanor suggests.
 
Like Hillary, he has chosen to integrate (I use the word deliberately) himself into “otherness” his entire life. He spent the summer of his sophomore year in HS in Honduras to work with peasant farmers in remote pueblos.
 
He took a year off of law school to go back to Honduras to teach welding and carpentry while sorting out how he wanted to use his law degree in civil rights law: making millions working for corporations or public service. He and his family attend a predominantly black church in Richmond; his children attended predominantly black schools – his choice.
 
He is married to a strong and capable woman: she spent twelve years as an attorney at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, became a juvenile court judge, then the VA Secretary of Education (she resigned when he accepted the nomination to run as VP). She is also the daughter of a former Governor of VA.
 
For seventeen years, Kaine worked as a civil-rights lawyer. In his largest case, he secured a $17.5-million settlement for discrimination in bank lending. After he failed to persuade the Richmond City Council to support the construction of a homeless shelter, he decided to run for the council. He did and subsequently became one of very few white mayors of Richmond.
 
He has been a Governor and a Senator – teaching him the mechanics of governing from a very practical side as well as a more legislative side.
 
I’m stealing this next paragraph from attached The New Yorker article regarding how he operated as a Senator and what his strengths are: “Kaine’s deal-making abilities have won the respect of Democrats and Republicans alike. He played a particularly critical role in brokering a deal on the Iran nuclear agreement that persuaded the Obama Administration to submit the deal to Congress. This provided Obama with congressional support for the deal, but more importantly, reasserted the proper role of Congress in foreign policy. Kaine has even clashed with Obama, demanding a greater role for Congress in decisions regarding the use of force in Syria and Iraq.
 
“When a bipartisan group of senators tried to enact a bill that would prevent the sale of firearms to suspected terrorists, Collins (R-ME) noted that Kaine was “very helpful … in convincing other Democrats to give their support to the compromise.”
 
He was willing to stand up to the president when he disagreed while working closely with Republicans.
 
His faith seems problematic for the more progressive side of the party, with the potential trouble it poses for those in favor of choice for all women. However, he threaded that needle neatly: “I deeply believe — and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality — that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.”
 
Will you look at that, my GOP friends. A Democrat suggesting that smaller government includes keeping it out of the most personal decisions a woman can make about her own body.
 
His squeaky cleanness is also important in light of the fog of obfuscation that perennially hangs over Hillary. And good for her for recognizing the importance of it in her running mate. It shows a level of introspection and awareness that isn’t always as evident.
 
 
 
 

Because, well, The Supremes

Day 93 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
So. The Supremes.
 
This post is going to be hard to write without going negative (I promised, and I’m a woman of my word), so bear with me. There is a lot of talk about “Constitutional judges” and “originalism,” which references the desire to interpret the law based on how the original framers of the Constitution would have.
 
In my opinion, this is problematic in a few ways; primarily: the writers of the Constitution could not have predicted today’s world: copyright law, privacy issues, global relationships, the capabilities of today’s guns, as well as all the cultural changes. So, I think their words are ill equipped to accommodate the massive changes in the world. This means we’re left with imagining their intent.
 
My other concern with originalism in its current form is that it seems to go one way: conservative. I’m no Constitutional scholar, but I don’t see anything in the Constitution that suggests that corporations ought to have the same rights and power as individuals, for example. And yet…
 
Everything in Hillary’s agenda seems to support the rights of the individual to thrive in today’s environment: it is about choice: to vote, to marry, to control their own bodies, without restricting anyone else. While I, of course, would like to see the 2nd Amendment overturned, Hillary does not. (I know, I know, I will never win this one.) So, even the restrictions I might like to see are not included in her plans (making her something of an originalist) and keeping it about choice. Sigh.
 
For those conservatives who are supporting Trump only because of the Supreme Court, please read the analysis provided in The Atlantic article I included below. It sheds some light on specific rulings that you might care about and a liberal court’s effect on originalism.
 
 
 
 
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