Webster’s Dictionary informs us that the word “torque” drives from the French word to twist and has two meanings: First, “a metal collar or neck chain worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons.” The word “torture” is derived from the same French word, thus “something that causes agony or pain” or “affords sadistic pleasure.”
It seems to me that the five political hacks on the unsupreme court have twisted all legal reasoning out of shape and twisted the last 49 years of jurisprudence from the Supreme Court out of shape to get to their position to turn their back on 87% of American citizens in order to torture the lives of women, especially poor and black and brown women, and certainly young girls and victims of rape in order to arrive at some sadistic pleasure.
The second meaning of “torque” is as follows: As a verb, it means to “impart torque to: cause to twist (as about an axis); a turning or twisting force.”
The chaos that will happen in the everyday lives of women and families from this sick decision; the complete loss of respect for the Supreme Court; the chaos to derive from people losing all faith in government by law; the joy such chaos will bring Steve Bannon and his goal of undermining respectful law and order therefore, will surely match any other quest for sadistic pleasure conceived of.
The next step is naked fascism or what historian Timothy Snyder calls Tyranny. I smell Opus Dei in the air. Word in the street is that Ginni Thomas is a member of Opus Dei (however, being a super secret organization, it is hard to substantiate though her car was seen at Opus Dei meetings). I smell fascism of all stripes in the air at the Supreme Court.
This law will be remembered as Supreme Torque therefore, a supreme and ultimate twisting of legal precedent to come to a bona fide act of torture and of sadism toward women. It represents a triumph of Patriarchy; a triumph of misogyny. The killing of human rights just as it opens the door to the killing of babies and of mothers whom it pretends to defend by denying access to safe women’s care.
Yes, the once-supreme court will now be recognized as the Supreme Torque—a sadistic and power-driven cluster of political hacks driven by religious ideology and not the law, in fact throwing overboard 49 years of the law—to implement their theocratic mandate on an already limping democracy. The Supreme Torque of Patriarchy, Authoritarianism, Misogyny, Theocracy.
The only remedy is moral outrage heated enough to get people to the polls. “Nothing great happens without anger.” (Thomas Aquinas)
See Matthew Fox writing on See Matthew Fox writing on abortion previously in dailymeditationswithmatthewfox, Sept 4, 5, 6, 2021; and Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021.
And Matthew Fox, “Opus Dei,” in Fox, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved, pp. 106-124.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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