Well, the decision is out on Proposition 8: it’s unconstitutional. No real surprise to any Constitutional Law scholar.
And just as unsurprising is the immediate hate-filled reaction from its supporters. They decry the judge for overturning “the will of the people” while ignoring the fact that the judge upheld the Constitution. But, in their convoluted logic, the judge usurped the Constitution as well. Somehow, equal protection under the law does not mean equal protection for everybody, just equal protection for whichever faction can garner the most votes at any given time.
The Constitution was designed to be very difficult to change, and to protect everyone from the tyranny of the majority. Judges were intended to be the people’s last bastion of hope, of refuge, against such tyranny. What we see now is the anger of the “majority” when they don’t get their way, even if getting their way means taking away Constitutional Rights from others.
We are witnessing the fruits of the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of hate. Over two hundred years ago, wiser heads than this writer observed, “united we stand, divided we fall.” The Bible, the sacred book revered by those preaching the most hate now, noted that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
The United States is such a house now. “Terrorists” don’t have to attack us to destroy us; the likes of Rove and Rush, of Bachmann and Beck, of Palin and O’Reilly have done their job for them.
So, how do we save America? Essentially by ignoring the hate. Let them have their demonstrations and blow off their steam. Then vote Progressive.