Reader opinion: The tipping point

The sheer quantity of the imbalances of life in America has reached a tipping point.

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the 50-year precedent of legalized abortion as the law of the land and allowed each state to decide how abortion would be handled within its borders.

But the good and trusting women of all races and religions who had thought they had control of their own bodies and could make their own decisions about pregnancies, were rudely awakened to a new reality. That new reality was that, in those states in which the conservative Republicans controlled the government, that conservative Republican ideology now would control their bodies and their reproductive rights without any input from them, and in some cases, not even any medical input.

Well, the old saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” became a reality as scorned women, and supportive men, filled the streets of the nation to demonstrate their opposition. That along with the cumulative effect of all the other imbalances of the latent racism, the gun violence, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the forever wars, the obscene income inequality and an economic system that allows an oligarchy to control government and politics, created a tipping point. There was also a corrupted legal system. Meanwhile global warming looms and the pandemic lingers. The list included almost every aspect of American life.

The sheer quantity of the imbalances of life in America has reached a tipping point. The totality of those imbalances became too great for even the illusions and intimidations of the system to any longer hold up. This Supreme Court decision was the last straw, and the entire edifice began to crumble before our eyes.

So, people will begin to mobilize, to begin the journey back to balance and a sustainable sanity. And that will only happen when democracy is reestablished.


Bob Passi


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