Massachusetts congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Katherine Clark have been arrested for peacefully protesting the Supreme Court’s recent decision to reinstate abortion laws in all 50 states that make up the United States.
Whatever your opinion of the Dobbs case, don’t take this publicity stunt seriously.
There is nothing serious or effective about members of Congress acting like helpless students protesting a tuition hike.
Pressley and Clark are not helpless; rather the opposite. They are equal partners with the President of the United States and the Supreme Court of the United States Government. They have the power to write and pass federal laws, unlike everyone else in the country who is not elected to Congress.
Representative Clark is the Deputy Speaker of the House. She doesn’t have to shout and sing to get her message across on abortion or any other federal issue – but it’s more fun to shout and send in requests for funding than writing laws. and form a coalition to pass the legislation in Congress.
Here’s an idea: Congresswomen could cut the Supreme Court’s budget to signal their displeasure with the court’s recent rulings. They control the purse strings of the entire federal government. The Supreme Court can’t buy a pencil without the money allocated by Congress.
Public protests are for the powerless, not the elected. Can you imagine Tip O’Neill or Bob Dole carrying signs and chanting slogans while their equals in government ignored them? Ridiculous.
When the citizens of the Commonwealth elected you and the other Democrats to the House of Representatives, they lent you their God-given power. You have real power and you should use it if you disagree with the Supreme Court.
Acting like a protester makes you look weak, not influential.
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