Friday, June 26, 2015
A Word of Caution.
How can the most powerful court in the most powerful country in the world be so intellectually corrupt?
Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and especially Scalia - shameless political stooges the lot of them.
While many Americans and wellwishers in other lands celebrate today's US Supreme Court decision effectively extending same sex marriage to every state without exception, it was nonetheless a 5-4, split decision. A 5-4 split on an issue as plain as this. That's worrisome. A little more stacking of that bench with another Scalia or Thomas could theoretically reverse today's decision, perhaps on the pretence of states' rights - you know, the same guise used to launch the Civil War.
It's nice to think "there's no going back now" but that may be just whistling past the graveyard. This is 21st century America, something the 'founding fathers' would probably find unrecognizable. Jesus Christ on a Crutch, this is the country that has abandoned habeas corpus. It is the Land of Liberty where today even its very own citizens can be swept up and imprisoned indefinitely with neither charge nor trial. It's the nation where the president has assumed the power to execute US citizens by drone strikes. It is the land of Total Information Awareness where everyone is spied upon by both government and the commercial sector. This is the land where democracy and the political process has been subordinated to the forces of market fundamentalism, neoliberalism and corporatism.
This is not a place where same sex equality before the law is secure on the strength of a 5-4 split decision. Sorry. Maybe with time and a major demographic shift, political, civil and human rights may be restored. Maybe not.