“Alu, secession is not necessary. We all just need to chill out and get along with our neighbors. We have so much more in common than we realize. We are one country! We are all Americans! Our values and goals are the same, we just differ on some tiny inconsequential issues.”
You’ve surely seen the countless headlines by now. And if you are one of the millions of individuals who consumes their news via headlines or short video clips, you surely know that the voters of the conservative state of Kansas just voted by an overwhelming majority to support abortion from any restrictions. But is that really what happened?
On July 1st, MSNBC published an article titled ‘Congress has let the Supreme Court run amok’. In the article, the writer argues that the Supreme Court has grown out of control and is far too powerful and that the founders would have been shocked by the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. Did the SCOTUS overstep its authority with this ruling? Are they taking power away from state and federal lawmakers?
On June 23rd, the Supreme Court ruled in NYSRPA v. Bruen that New York’s prohibition on carrying firearms and their restrictive permitting process was unconstitutional. The New York law stated that it was a felony for a person to carry a handgun without a license, and a person could only obtain a license if the government gang members (politicians) felt that the applicant could “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.”
Statistics show that the 330 million residents of the united states disagree on nearly every major issue. From 2016 to 2022, over 230,000 respondents to the question ‘Do you think abortion should legal or illegal?’ resulted in the following:
Immediately after the bill passed, abortion providers in Texas brought a federal lawsuit against the state for restricting abortion, hoping that Roe V. Wade (The SCOTUS case that legalized abortions throughout the united states) would be used to block the Texas law.
The one common trend is this: States are increasingly polarizing either to the left or the right. Progressive states are moving towards radical leftist socialism, while right-wing states are moving towards libertarian minimalism. This spells trouble for the group that still clings to hope that ‘America’ can one day unite under one set of values.
After months of tense negotiations, New Hampshire’s government passed its biennial budget on Thursday afternoon. Both sides doubted whether a deal could be reached until the final moments before the crucial vote in the House. The budget already passed the Senate earlier in the session.