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It’s the inconsistency, hypocrisy, sophistry, sinister motivation and barber shop tribal partisanship that I most reject. That, and the dishonesty.

Any sentient person knew the day SCOTUS took up the Mississippi case that Roe was going to be overturned. That became certain beyond certain when Alito’s draft was leaked a month ago. It being a Friday in now late June, I got up at three o’clock this morning pretty certain the decision would be read today.

I didn’t have to wait long. Still, it was a gut punch.

Is there a “compare and contrast” section on the LSAT? If so, I’m pretty sure five of our SCOTUS justices limped through it, and had to make it up in other sections titled Arrogance, Pomposity, Chicanery and Pretzel Logic just to get into law school.

On Thursday, we were told that gun laws must be uniform among the 50 states.

A day later, the same folks now tell us that abortion laws are up to each individual state, no matter how draconian and punitive. The very same folks. Keep in mind, the right to an abortion had until today been Constitutionally protected for a half century.

In penning Friday’s majority ruling, Alito went out of his way—no doubt dishonestly—to stress that the Roe decision should not be considered a harbinger of future decisions on other subjects.  He doesn’t mean that. Of course. He lied at his confirmation hearing, just as Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett did at theirs. But Clarence Thomas absolutely meant it later Friday when he wrote that today’s decision opens the door toward banning gay marriage and—get this—contraception. And he’s eager to rodeo.

In fact, I fear a gay marriage ban is now inevitable. Based on what?

Based on these zealots’ religion, that’s what.

Gee, you’d kinda hope that those nine people on the High Court at least would understand the whole “separation of church and state” thing, wouldn’t you? I mean even if nobody else in the country does. So, yeah, you know, that was disappointing.

And spare me the “nowhere in the Constitution does it mention separation of church and state” claptrap. Of course it does. Loudly. Prominently. Unambiguously. It’s called the Establishment Clause. Have they not read it?

So, you want to talk about things that aren’t mentioned in the Constitution? Alito based his dishonest dodge on the fact the Constitution does not specifically reference abortion.

OK. Are AR-15s specifically addressed in the Constitution? Is gay marriage mentioned. Is contraception cited?

And all of this—all of it—is driven by religious fundamentalism. All of it. If I wanted to live in Afghanistan I would.

They lied when they looked Senate Judiciary Committee members in the eyes and said they considered Roe “settled law” and pledged allegiance to the principle of judicial respect for precedent known as “stare decisis.”

What I’m giving them back now is just a blank, incredulous “stare.”

I agree with “Conservatives” that the Constitution is fundamentally about preserving individual rights.

Wouldn’t that start with guaranteeing an individual control over that individual’s individual body?

All I ever ask for is consistency. So you can probably understand why I’m a little cranky right now.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.