And the way you can always tell is when the cultist says something to the effect of “We can’t let ourselves be distracted by minor stuff! We have to keep the focus on abortion!”
What that always means in the mouth of a MAGA cultist is, “I am going to devote my whole heart and soul to the defense of whatever evil the GOP commands, no matter how evil, stupid, trivial, or devastatingly terrible by telling everybody around me to shut up about it and swallow it, while accusing them of being babykillers if they don’t.
The strategy was perfected over the past three decades.
Was there another massive gun slaughter? Forget doing something about our insane gun regime! We have to focus on abortion! Gun grabbers are babykilling libs and they faked the deaths of their own children at Sandy Hook!
Have wages flatlined making it harder and harder to support a family? Abortion is worse (and never mind the pressure to abort that poverty puts on the working poor). If you support libs who want raise pay and protect workers’ right, you are a babykiller.
Are we torturing people and leaving them dead and brain-damaged? Abortion is the real torture! Therefore torture is somehow good and you should shut up about it or you support babykillers who oppose torture.
Are we mocking the disabled and people with speech impediments in our intense hatred of libs? No matter! Abortion is worse and rubbing our Precious Feet pin taketh away the sins of the world. The important thing is to stay focused on abortion and not on the way we are now actively malignant toward the disabled and impaired. Only babykillers are offended because they are snowflakes. Making them cry is manly and just punishment for their love of babykilling.
And so on. The overwhelming bulk of the “prolife” movement is now so brainwashed in this mentality that those of us who hold a Consistent Life Ethic that insists on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death routinely find that our most bitter critics and enemies are not pro-choice people, but allegedly “prolife” people who often call us (you guessed it) “babykillers” because we support the Church’s Whole Life Teaching and therefore support large swaths of the so-called “liberal agenda”, including such monstrous evils as universal health care, a living wage, not jailing and executing post-abortive women and, indeed, not executing anybody.
Which brings me to where the MAGA cult aims to go next in their insane plans for the future. I will bracket the specific discussion of their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for misogynist cruelty for another day, but suffice it to say that the fantasy some delusional people have that, with the death of Roe, the MAGA Cult now means to turn its attention to creating a paradise for unborn (and born) children is absurd.
No. What they dream of doing (while they inflict cruelties on post-abortive and miscarrying women which we shall discuss in a later blog entry) is move on to the destruction of every gain made for human dignity in the US since the Civil War. It’s all on the chopping block.
The Texas MAGA cult wants to make war on the right of every child to an education.
Barrett is an enemy of the 14th Amendment, written after the Civil War in order to protect citizens from having rights taken away by individual states.
In short, the MAGA nuts have biiiiiiig plans that extend far beyond Roe, because, as Heather Cox Richardson makes clear, it has never really been about just abortion for the MAGA cult. It is about destroying every gain back to the 13th Amendment: Medicare, Social Security, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Labor Rights, the end of Jim Crow, anti-semitic regulations, jail for gays, jail for purchasing contraceptives, you name it–every damn thing that costs the rich and powerful money and power. Every gain for 160 years. They mean to destroy it all. And every time they take a step, they will call you a babykiller when you oppose them.