ON EUGENICS AND IMBECILES: AN AMERICAN TRIBUTE
In places the author intentionally uses small case letters throughout this piece where capital letters should have been used. This is done to avoid honoring miscreant persons, malefactor institutions and reprobate entities.
The first state to pass a compulsory sterilization law was indiana which state is a known basket case of hick mental patients and Jesus freaks. The 1907 law provided compulsory sterilization for “criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists.” “Imbeciles” … I love that word. I usually thought of it as more opinion than cold hard fact. My dad always called me an imbecile and I turned out okay. I believe that is proof of the above.
In any event the indiana supreme court overturned the law in the 1921 case of Williams v. Smith, finding it unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment because it lacked procedural safeguards.
But indiana is a crazy so called conservative state so it passed another compulsory sterilization law in 1927 – this time with procedural safeguards including notice, hearing, and appeal rights. indiana’s program included identifying the state’s “feebleminded.” Most of the individuals designated as “feebleminded” were women among the rural poor.
Nice people in indiana: stoic good christian stock – nary a Moslem in sight. It’s the home of mike “Hang Em High” pence.
In the same year, the united states supreme court upheld virginia’s compulsory sterilization law in Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927). According to the court, Carrie Buck was
a feeble minded white woman who was committed to the State Colony . . . She is the daughter of a feeble minded mother in the same institution, and the mother of an illegitimate feeble minded child.
The pro-life supreme court a.k.a. MURDER COURT took pains to describe her as “white” – almost like saying “hey we do evil things to white people too, so don’t complain dark person.”
However Carrie Buck had no cognitive disabilities and neither did her daughter. She did bear an “illegitimate” child, but so what. [So did my son’s mother and we have a wonderful son as a result of it who received numerous scholarships to colleges and is an All County Quarterback] [The character John Snow in Game of Thrones was “illegitimate” because his parents never married. He held the nation’s attention for a number of years as a great hero]
Further Carrie Buck’s pregnancy resulted from a rape by the nephew of her foster parents.
The supreme court, in an 8–1 decision written by justice oliver wendell holmes, upheld the law’s constitutionality, noting that it was necessary to prevent “being swamped with incompetence.”
We were probably already “swamped with incompetence” and we certainly are now. Just go to a MAGA rally.
Nevertheless oliver wendell holmes famously pronounced: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
holmes was lying when he wrote Buck v. Bell.
Funny but it is a small world. The above oliver wendell holmes – author of Buck v. Bell – once called President Lincoln an “imbecile” to his face – the same term he falsely used to describe the Buck women. It was during the defense of a fort right outside Washington against invading confederates – not the January 6, 2021 invasion of confederates. We’re talking back in 1864 during the first Civil War.
Lincoln stood on the parapets – with his characteristic tall black stove top hat – as bullets whizzed by him killing officers. holmes a young private yelled at Lincoln to “take cover you imbecile.” Apparently holmes loved the word “imbecile.” Perhaps he was the real “imbecile.” He was certainly a miscreant and an ass clown.
Maybe part of holmes’ arrogance stems from the fact that he attended harvard law school. Let me tell you a little secret about lawyers that went to harvard. They cannot try their way out of a paper bag. Juries just hate them to death and they will lose and lose and lose and so on … because they are pompous asses.
Oh my goodness I will get in trouble for saying that about a revered justice of the supreme court of imbeciles and lose my law license. harvard will probably sue me too. But I am just getting started – aren’t I.
You would think that you had a constitutional right not to be forcibly sterilized under the Ninth Amendment of the u.s. constitution. Just a little review of the last piece is in order:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [they meant women too] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That is of course from the United States Declaration of Independence which was introduced to the world on July 4, 1776.
The following is also true:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
That of course – and many people do not know this – is the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution which post-dates the Declaration of Independence by some 13 years as it became enshrined in 1789.
What the Ninth Amendment means is simple. There are rights that predated the Constitution that are guaranteed by the Constitution. That is true even if these rights are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. I would think the above rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence would be some of those rights unenumerated in the constitution but nevertheless protected by the Ninth Amendment. That’s not me talking. That’s logic.
Keeping one’s genitals intact should be part of a right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” guaranteed by the Ninth Amendment. It doesn’t get any more important and personal – and more in need of “Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – then my family jewels and your family jewels. I think we agree – Right.
But this is america and your constitution has but one right – the right to get an assault weapon and shoot down fellow citizens, especially children and black people. You have no other rights whatsoever except to force school children to pray – perhaps in preparation for being shot.
There is no so called “substantive due process” in america. Just ask clarence “Uncle Tom” thomas.
In his concurrence in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, (the case that ended the right to abortion) justice thomas writes that the court’s contraception, same-sex intimacy, and same-sex marriage decisions are “demonstrably erroneous” and that “we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.” Unlike the majority of the Murder Court, which pretends that this redneck project stops at abortion, thomas acknowledges that the project merely begins there.
More specifically in his concurring opinion in the supreme court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health u.s. supreme court justice clarence thomas, with crazed fastidiousness, lays out his line of attack: Griswold (the right to have access to contraception); Lawrence (the right for consenting adults to enjoy the privacy of their home); and Obergefell (the right to same-sex marriage) – all of these and similar cases are done.
What thomas omits is just as obvious: Loving v. Virginia, where the Supreme Court held, based on the same substantive due-process argument underlying the Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell decisions, that states could not ban interracial marriage.
It’s hard to ignore the intellectual dishonesty behind the oversight; given that justice thomas (a black man) is married to a white woman (she is a hideous person).
clarence thomas is an Ass Clown.
Boy I’m in trouble now. I insulted the judge and his wife.
In any event, back to forced sterilization in america. With the pro-life Murder Court’s approval of sterilizations in Buck v. Bell, the practice became common place. Between 1907 and 1931, twenty-seven states passed sterilization laws.
Sterilizations of people with mental disabilities were permitted throughout the twentieth century. For example, indiana’s 1927 sterilization law was amended several times and not repealed until 1974. indiana’s law was a “benchmark for the rest of the nation,” with more than thirty states following its lead and passing compulsory sterilization laws. indiana is, after all, the home of a staunch pro-lifer: mike “trump’s former bitch” pence.
State compulsory sterilization laws targeted different kinds of people. Some states identified the “crippled, blind, degenerate, and deficient,” while others picked “paupers and the criminalistic.”
Historian Paul Lombardo – the cover of his book is above – explains:
[I]n all states those most likely to be sterilized were poor people.
Many of the people subject to these laws were considered “poor white trash” or “misfits” by social workers or doctors. It is a wonder any Donald Trump fans survived.
The term “feeble minded” was a catchall linked as closely to poverty and perceived antisocial behavior as actual mental disability. As one commentator explained: “Often, these authorities never actually tested the victims for mental disability.”
See “A Sordid Case”: Stump v. Sparkman, Judicial Immunity, and the Other Side of Reproductive Rights, Laura T. Kessler, 74 Md. L. Rev. 833 (2015). (Ms. Kessler has written an excellent piece on this topic that I highly recommend)
As a result of the miscreants that decided Buck v. Bell, 70,000 americans were forcibly sterilized during the 20th century. Ouch … my family jewels just felt that. The victims of this state-sponsored sterilization included people who had been labeled "mentally deficient;" as well as the deaf, blind or diseased. Minorities and poor people were frequently the target of these – scalpels cutting into genitals – forced sterilizations. Just like they are now being targeted by antiabortion laws even in cases of rape, incest or when giving birth will kill the woman.
Women that were accused of being "promiscuous" were also a favorite focus of the butchery. All I can say is thank God I am not a woman because I would have been surely sterilized multiple times when I was in my 20s. I was proudly “promiscuous” then – not so much now (But in all case save one beautiful mistake mentioned above birth control was soundly utilized)
The true mentally deficient were rarely targeted as evidenced by the fact that people passed these laws; courts made up of people enforced them; and people known as doctors and nurses performed the procedures. All of these people were born to some “feebleminded” idiots that should have all been sterilized before they passed on their genes to the persons responsible for forcible sterilization. Hah!
I wonder what the author of the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade has to say about all of this. That is samuel “Small Pecker” alito. I wonder what that bastion of morality clarence “Long Dong Silver” would say if questioned about this decision. (“Long Dong Silver” is the name of a 60s and 70s porn star; clarence thomas referred to himself by this name when he was sexually harassing a staffer named Anita Hill) I wonder what the QAnon for lawyers and judges federalist society thinks about Buck v. Bell. They are probably just fine with it.
america was NAZI before there were NAZIs.
And we're still doing it. See this piece in the Guardian:
Here is a portion of the above story:
It wasn’t until years after Kelli Dillon went into surgery while incarcerated in the California state prison system that she realized her reproductive capacity had been stripped away without her knowledge.
In 2001, at the age of 24, she became one of the most recent victims in a history of forced sterilizations in California that stretches back to 1909 and served as an inspiration for Nazi Germany’s eugenics program.
thousands of people ... were sterilized in California institutions, without adequate consent, often because they were deemed “criminal”, “feeble-minded” or “deviant”.
America taught nazi germany how to be depraved. Can you imagine that?
The investigations sparked by Kelli Dillon’s case, which is featured in the documentary Belly of the Beast, demonstrated that hundreds of inmates had been sterilized in prisons without proper consent as late as 2010, even though the practice was illegal by that time.
We will talk about Crazy samuel “Small Pecker” alito’s decision that reversed Roe v. Wade next time.
Meanwhile you all stay classy … americans. I hope you are all so very proud