1972 LP platform plank: “We further support the repeal of all laws restricting voluntary birth control or voluntary termination of pregnancies during their first hundred days.” No other American party platform had anything to say that subject when the election was held in November. Libertarian party earned just under 4000 popular votes plus one electoral vote from a state that wouldn’t let Libertarians on their ballot, thanks to Roger MacBride’s gallant refusal to cast an electoral vote for Richard Nixon on 06JAN1973.
Sixteen days after the Electoral votes were counted, the Supreme Court decision of 22JAN1973 began with (a) For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and its effectuation must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician.
Some might figure that “approximately” as 84 days (12 weeks) or 93 days (three 31-day months). Either way comes to week or two short of the Libertarian Party platform’s “first hundred days.” Yet to Libertarian magazine writer Jacob Sullum there is evidently nothing but coincidence in the fact that the Supreme Court’s a-b-c “arbitrary” decision resulted in a bell curve practically centered on the LP recommendation of 100 days. Sullum has evidently given Roe v. Wade as much thought as Clarence Thomas had when his confirmation hearings began. Thomas had heard of Roe, but could recall no opinion on it, seemed to barely know Anita Hill and couldn’t have picked Long Dong Silver out of a lineup. Here’s a lady I’ll bet Sullum couldn’t pick out of a lineup.
The Supreme Court opened its 1972-73 term October 2, 1972, freshly packed with three Richard Nixon appointees, and decided it would again hear arguments from Austin, Texas, to the effect that the political State lacked authority to force women into the involuntary labor of childbirth against their will. That was, like The Pill, a direct affront to the Comstock laws of 1873, which made mother’s letter to her daughter about the rhythm method cause for ten years on a chain gang. TR’s 1902 “Race Suicide” letter declared anyone so shallow and selfish as to dislike having children “in effect a criminal against the race”… The Herbert Hoover administration barred all discussion of birth control, and the “Methodist White Terror” that H.L. Mencken derided stood as rigidly against individual rights for women as it had against beer, wine and The Demon Rum. Nor was the Libertarian party the first or second with the courage to stop the bullying of women.
The Buffalo Party Festival–organized when Woodstock was showing at theaters in the U.S. and Canada–was followed by hasty enactment of laws banning all rock concerts. The pro-choice Human Rights party, which also participated in 1972 local elections alleged Kleptocracy cheating.(link) The Libertarian Party was one of three already defending the individual rights–even of young people–in 1972. Our fewer than 4000 spoiler votes evidently fostered repeal of bad laws that, through normal channels, would have required ten thousand times as many votes to amount to 50% of the total. That is leveraged spoiler vote clout–an ancient technique that got the communist income tax and fanatical religious criminalization of production and trade into the Constitution as Amendments 16 and 18 by a series of political parties of the looter persuasion. Observe:
Petr Beckmann observed in 1983 that the Supreme Court is a political child of its time. “For history shows the Supreme Court supremely flexible. It approved of slavery, of racism, of the unlawful mass imprisonment of US citizens for their Japanese origin, of protecting the guilty at the expense of their victims, and of a hundred other mockeries of justice.” The court allows ignorant and brainwashed State officials to rob and endanger utility ratepayers by suppressing nuclear technology to outlaw energy production. The Berkeley Daily Gazette for December 31, 1936 features an article titled Population Pressure Seen as Biological Cause of War, written when there were 40 persons per square mile.(link) Today there are 130 people per square mile of land area, and 215,000 people were added to the population yesterday.
Today’s race-suicide girl-bulliers and anti-energy fanatics will be tomorrow’s objects of pity and derision. Like the Demon Rum and Reefer Madness prohibitionists of a century ago–their initiation of force could again wreck the economy–if not civilization.
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Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)
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