Another day, another Republican threatening execution:
“Some of y’all still want to try and find political compromise with those that want to groom our school aged children and pretend men are women, etc,” [Robert Foster, a former Mississippi House lawmaker who lost a 2019 bid for governor], wrote in a Thursday night tweet. “I think they need to be lined up against (a) wall before a firing squad to be sent to an early judgment.”
Foster is standing by his statement:
The Mississippi Free Press requested an interview with Foster about Thursday’s tweet, but he sent a message declining the invitation.
“I said what I said,” he wrote, adding to what he had tweeted. “The law should be changed so that anyone trying to sexually groom children and/or advocating to put men pretending to be women in locker rooms and bathrooms with young women should receive the death penalty by firing squad.”
In Texas, Republican only want to arrest the parents of trans kids and take the kids away, not kill them all (unless they’ve had an abortion, naturally).
But the march to theocracy doesn’t end there.
Republican senators are giving us a glimpse of the culture war clashes to come. There are already warning signs — including the Texas directive that prohibits parents from legally providing gender-affirming treatment and therapies to their children, as well as various state officials’ questioning whether the Constitution sanctions contraceptive use. Indeed, some Republican senators have gestured toward these future conflicts. In his questions to Jackson, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) repeatedly sought her views of Obergefell v. Hodges, the court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage, pressing her as to whether the decision was properly decided. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) took her turn at the microphone to criticizeGriswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 case that legalized contraception use. It’s not a stretch to imagine this revisionism extending to Loving v. Virginia, the ruling that legalized interracial marriage. A Republican senator recently said he was open to overturning that ruling. He later walked back his comments…
…The Republican senators’ questions reflect the conservative sensibilities that have shaped the court and will undoubtedly shape the post-Roe landscape in the coming years. As the sun sets on Roe, the senators’ dogged emphasis on unenumerated rights should worry us. Rather than resting on their laurels, the conservatives are gathering their resolve. And the next set of battles will determine whether we as individuals will be permitted to control the most intimate aspects of our lives.
When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.