This morning on my way to work I flipped over to 770AM, the local “conservative talk” station, and Laura Ingraham was on, complaining about how conservatives are sick of seven Republican Supreme Court nominees continually “making the wrong choices on every issue.” As far as I’m concerned, these so-called conservatives (who are not conservatives at all, but Neo-Cons shilling for the Bush administration) have nothing to complain about, as the most activist decision these so-called “justices” have ever made was to appoint Bush to the office of President of the United States of America. After that, any decisions that happen to go in favor of Neo-Cons for the next forty or fifty years should be gravy.
It’s amazing to me how the Neo-Cons continue to overreach, not giving up on the “activist judges” mantra. It’s not enough that they control all three branches of government, now they complain that not every decision falls in their favor and that something has to be done about it? It’s like their team is winning a hockey game 9-1 and they’re complaining that the referee isn’t calling the marginal penalties their way, and that they’re impeded from scoring even more goals because of it. The difference is, of course, that this beat-down on the losing team has been much more serious in real life. Real people are dying, and families are suffering because of a poorly-argued decision by the Supreme Court on the 2000 election. Yet still they whine and complain.
So what set the off this time? Today’s decision that “two exhibits [of the Ten Commandments] in Kentucky crossed the line between separation of church and state because they promoted a religious message.” For this they stay up nights, tossing and turning over the state of the union. Never mind that people are dying in Iraq. Never mind that China is buying American oil companies. Never mind that North Korea is building nuclear weapons. Never mind that every child born has a $40K “birth tax” levied against him because of the blooming national debt. Never mind that millions of Americans don’t have basic health care. The important issue is that Neo-Cons have to rail against these justices, seven of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, because the court made a decision that they didn’t agree with.
Well folks, that’s life. Sometimes all the decisions don’t go your way. Perhaps it’s time to follow your own advice and just “get over it and move on?” After all, I hardly think not allowing a Ten Commandments display is roughly equivalent to taking the presidential election process out of the hands of ordinary citizens or even the House and Senate and making an historical decision that would “install” a president. If you expect us to “get over” that, the least you can do is to lead by example and just shut up when a couple of decisions made by YOUR appointees don’t go your way.