Monday, June 29, 2015

In a SCOTUS vote this close, dissenting opinions are worth reading

We've been hearing expressions such as "grand slam" and "home run" used to describe the June 26th Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing sodomite so-called "marriage" in our land. (One might just as well conclude that the SCOTUS had just ruled that a dog's tail must now be called a fifth leg.)

While the homophiles are rejoicing at their victory, it's easy to lose sight not merely of the fact that the SCOTUS doesn't determine metaphysical realities, but that this was no landslide. Like Obama's last victory in the national presidential election, which has allowed him to continue wreaking havoc with our historical values, it was nevertheless a close victory.

Why is this important? Because, despite the vice-grip that the revolutionaries have on our media and entertainment industry, it tells us that virtually half of the country is not at all enamoured of the direction our administration and court is taking our country. In other words, there are still a goodly number of people with some measure of what used to be called "common sense" left.

One of the most colorful opinions among those who dissented from the SCOTUS ruling on Obergefell is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s. Chris Field has a cheery little post entitled "12 Must-Read Quotes From Scalia’s Blistering Same-Sex Marriage Dissent (The Blaze, June 26, 2015), in which Scalia is quoted as saying that the SCOTUS itself is now a "treat," that the majority of the nine SCOTUS lawyers are "our new rulers," that their decision is a "naked claim to power," "pretentious" and "egoistic," that the five majority judges "think they know it all," that their reasoning is "profoundly incoherent," that the SCOTUS effectively and tyrannically "ends" healthy public debate on the issue, that the decision was a "judge-empowering" one rather than a citizen-empowering one, that it "violated" a key principle of law, that it effectually "overthrows the government," and brings us as Americans "one step closer to being reminded of our impotence."

Of course the homophile media and their cheering supporters are having their day in the sun, and, if they took the time to read Scalia's dissenting opinion, they would surely laugh it to scorn. Yet we, too, who find the SCOTUS decision abominable can also take some delight in laughing at how brilliantly Scalia skewers his opponents, not with mere ad hominem derision, but with profound insights into the nature of this decision supported by razor-sharp wit.

Other have recognized this wit too, and Stephen Colbert has apparently invited Scalia onto his show, although the Catholic comedian bends over backwards a little-too far in trying to be all-things-to-all-people.


Not That Guy said...

The 'Catholic' comedian, it seems.

Mark Citadel said...

The decision is a very predictable one. Christians must take away this message: "the ballot box will never be useful in achieving our aims."

Chris said...

Did someone who calls himself Christian seriously believe that the ballot box could be a useful way of attaining Christian goals?