Scrapping abortion rights got the headlines. But don’t ignore the Court’s assault on gun regulations and the separation of church and state.
For a great analysis of recent Supreme Court rulings on abortion, guns, and public funding of Christian schools see Doug Mudar Ph.D. – “Three Supreme Court decisions with long-term consequences”
And a great short essay in the Atlantic by the conservative David Frum (George W. Bush’s speechwriter) is “Roe is the New Prohibition.”
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Here’s another way to think about this problem: the real problem lies with Congress, not the Supreme Court. Our political system suffers from so much political arteriosclerosis that is it unable to resolve controversies with appropriate compromises. This in turn is due to the polarization of the body politic, which has forgotten the fundamental principle that compromise is the lifeblood of democracy. A proper respect for the necessity of compromise is driven into the political consciousness of the body politic by the brutal experience of political violence. We haven’t had enough political violence to remind us of this principle, so we’re careering towards confrontations that will devolve to violence. A modicum of blood will be required to teach the necessary lessons to the primitives. What you cannot learn by the application of knowledge and logic, you learn the hard way.
And when their daughters use abortion pills, or any abortifacients, they are technically acting as self-abortion providers.
So no consistency exists—it’s a hodgepodge.
I agree with everything you say. People forgot how fragile civilization is.
And by the way, the original Supreme Court majority opinion written by Harry Blackmun was a perfect example of compromise.
“Justice is whatever a court says it is”–one lesson I quickly learned in first year law school. The Supremes, as one said, are not always infallible, but are infallible because they are the last word on any legal question. The real problem is that they can’t say no to deciding any culture issue presented to them.