Monday, October 31, 2005

just you, just me, justice pt II

So, It appears that perhaps the Harriet Miers As Red Herring crowd were right, eh?

As not doubt anyone not under a rock knows today, BushCo nominated judge Samuel Alito to replace the position to be vacated by Justice Sandra Day O'Conner. Appointed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990 by Bush the Senior, Alito has been described as a judge "in the mold of Scalia and Thomas". If that's not scary enough for you, he's also been described as "Scalia-Lite", "lite" indicating a less abrasive style rather than a less conservative ideology.

So, what does this mean for all of us? Obviously, as if you couldnt see it coming from a mile away, the end of Roe v. Wade.

And I, for one, will not feel to bad seeing the backside of it going out the door. Not because I'm a Pro-Lifer, because I'm not.
What I am is someone who's tired of seeing a large chunk of the U.S. population willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater, simply because of one issue - Abortion. Once the abortion issue is gone, how many people who voted the Republican ticket will take a look at the GOP and discover that there is nothing even remotely moral about it, outside of that one issue? Tax cuts for the rich? Nope, not very moral. Slash and burn of social services? Not very moral there either. How about the destruction of the Environment for profit? Nope, not moral and Bad Stewardship to boot. "Pre-emptive" attack of a small country, and the subsequent death of thousands? Elimination of our safety net in old age? Massive debt incurred for our children to pay off? No, no, no, No!
2%.
That's all it would have taken for Bush to have lost in 2004. What percentage of the population is the single-issue anti-abortion crowd. Even if they do nothing but stop participating after the overturn of Roe, it will hurt the GOP. I'm sure that the Minister of Information Karl Rove (when he's not distracted) is hoping to make Gay Marriage the next baby/bathwater issue, but somehow I dont see it working quite as well: As offensive as some may find homosexuality, no babies were killed in the making of that union, and that will make all the difference between activism for a cause and simply not liking it.

So, let's sit back and watch the fun. It will be especially interesting to see what the court does after Roe. What other decisions will be rolled back? Certainly some people wouldnt be sorry to see most of the Supreme Court decision made since the Roosevelt years rolled back, but I dont think that applies to most Americans. All they wanted was a judge or three who would get rid of abortion. But they've never stopped to consider what else might go as those judges sit at that bench for the next 20 or 30 years.

Be careful what you ask for, young country, or you will surely Get It.

3 comments:

rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

did you go to starbucks again, and get the triple expresso with a quart of syrup?

rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

too busy counting the money you made of that sceenprint crap, huh?

daveawayfromhome said...

I told you I was gonna be busy for a while.