Columnist Joe Gannon: Look what we have wrought: A nation of snitches

Columnist Joe Gannon: Look what we have wrought: A nation of snitches

Twenty years after 9/11 look what we have become: A nation of snitches now spinning in a death spiral. The Texas law banning abortions after six weeks, and, worse, its establishing of Posse Comitatus, or in this case Posse Asinus, of private citizens to snitch on and persecute those who seek abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. It is all a part of the seamless descent into not lawlessness so much as citizen-lessness. What used to be the GOP has now devolved from Ronald Reagan’s “Government is the problem;” to the Tea Party’s “Government is the enemy;” through Trump’s “We don’t need no stinking government;” to today’s right-wing mantra: “There is no government except in my head.” When it comes to evil you have to hand it to Texan right-wingers. They have removed government from the anti-abortion fight and put it in the hands of private citizens and bounty hunters who will hunt down those, it seems, who are even thinking about getting an abortion. And now in Texas, the next step on their Purge: Where we all go one, we all go all: Call 1-800-RAT-LINE. My god, the orgasm of self-righteous dumbassery and misogynistic vigilantism that will be unleashed on women. A new lease on the undead lives of all those Karens and Kens who aspire to wannabe secret policemen. Can’t you see the pinched-faced peckerwood and his smirking wife just walking in a circle around a “suspicious” couple: “Excuse us folks, how are you? Having […]

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