Today’s welcome news:
High Court Strikes DOMA; Punts On Greater Gay Marriage Question
Eyder Peralta / NPR
… The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
Which inexorably leads us to this astonishing dissent …
Antonin Scalia is a Douchebag, Part I: (Or, gee, how come this applies to Windsor/DOMA, but NOT to gutting the Voting Rights Act??!?)
United States v. Windsor, Page 35: [emphasis added]
Douchenozzle or douchebag?
This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America.
Seriously, if this was written about the 5-4 decision on the Voting Rights Act (yesterday) it would line up with virtually all American sentiment. As it stands, it reveals Scalia as a hypocrite and a bigot.
Dog bites man. Move along.
I cannot help but recall this ancient Sufi story, predating the English language, and possibly even Antonin Scalia:
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~ from The Uncommon Sense of the
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, p. 144
Hmmm. Guess that’s where Scalia learned his jurisprudence.