The cheers were loud and lusty as two U.S. Supreme Court decisions today regarding marriage equality were made public.
Yes, hooray! for all those who opposed DOMA -- the blatantly unconstitutional bill signed into law in 1996 by that great defender of human rights, then-president Bill Clinton -- and those who worked tirelessly for the past 17 years to undo that legal atrocity.
And, huzzah! for the decision effectively destroying the twisted rationale used by the California Prop 8 nut cases and religious carpet-baggers who descended on that state in 2008 in their temporarily successful efforts to further push their sick agenda of anti-gay horsesh*t. The ruling said these half-wits lacked any legal standing to have placed Prop 8 on the California ballot to begin with.
Those two decisions today seemed to restore just a bit of sanity to a Court that is owned and operated by the same insanity that determined corporations are "people" with the same rights (and none of the obligations) enjoyed by real people -- citizens; people; warm-blooded mammals who walk upright.
But, wait ... Earlier this week the same Court ruled -- against a mountain of evidence found in laws passed in states across the country that limited, restricted or otherwise denied the voting rights of certain individuals -- that the states had a right to do just that: restrict, limit or deny the right to vote based on the biases and agendas of state legislators and governors.
The essential element of a free nation -- the right to freely choose its leaders -- was utterly destroyed by the ruling. Now -- and the mad rush to do so began minutes after the ruling -- the states covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are free to implement laws designed specifically to reduce the number of citizens allowed to vote in whatever manner the state legislatures decide. The Court tossed it back to the Congress (!) with the suggestion that a new law should be written -- one that would guarantee that which is already guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution.
What does it all mean? Victory for human rights? Victory for political rights? Or in the twisted jargon of this extreme right-wing Court, was the real victory given to those who support and advocate the concept of Federalism -- that state power can trump federal power (very broadly speaking) in those issues not specifically enumerated in the U.S. Constitution?
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Wasn't Federalism (as a right-wing, political concept) this week in these three rulings given the greatest comeback since Lazarus?
If so, Jesus himself would be jealous.
Mike Malloy is a former writer and producer for CNN (1984-87) and CNN-International (2000). His professional experience includes newspaper columnist and editor, writer, rock concert producer and actor. He is the only radio talk show host in America to have received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio) Award in both (more...