Associate US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh recently was eating dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse, a swanky restaurant in DC, while outside, protestors were outside the restaurant protesting his voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that prevented states from penalizing abortions. The managers of the restaurant hustled Kavanaugh through the back door-before he had his dessert- and sent out a statement decrying the demonstration, saying it infringed on his “right” to eat a dinner at a restaurant. (https://dc.eater.com/2022/7/8/23200165/crashed-brett-kavanaugh-dc-dinner-mortons)
Right after the preliminary decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, about repealing Roe v. Wade was released, there were protests outside of Kavanaugh’s residence and that of Chief Justice John Roberts, and there was so much tut-tutting from the establishment media. (https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/05/abortion-brett-kavanaugh-john-roberts-samuel-alito-supreme-court-roe-protest/)
The protests were totally non-violent; but the attitude from establishment figures is that
“It’s not nice to protest your oppressors oppressing you. Be good boys and girls, and don’t bother them.” But please remember that, ever since Roe v. Wade was enacted, it has been a rallying cry for anyone trying to limit the rights of women to control their own bodies and lives, in the name of “protecting the sanctity of human life inside the womb,” never mind what happens to the baby after it’s born. Abortion clinics have been targets of self-righteous thugs who, in the name of a righteous cause, terrorize women trying to go inside the clinic, and threatening doctors and nurses doing the job, often murdering them, to “protect human life.” (https://www.vox.com/2015/12/1/9827886/abortion-clinic-attacks-mapped)
We’re not playing kids’ games here, this is serious. The rights of women, and also of workers, people of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ+ people, are on the line. The people who oppress us have no respect for us, and have shown that they would literally murder us to advance their fascistic agenda. If you think I’m being overly dramatic, just remember that the previous white House inmate-you know, that guy!-was dismissed as a media freak-show by the republican establishment, and someone whom the party had to get away from or else he would bring the party down with him; but he won the nomination, and the party leaders, especially the ones who attacked him, ended up his biggest bootlickers, and he sent the party, and the country, down into a dark, dismal place that we’re still trying to get out of.
Let’s not try to attain a pat on the head from people who prefer neatness and order over human and civil rights! The best way to deal with bullies and thugs-in the playground or in the Supreme Court-is to stand up to them, and let them know they don’t frighten us.