The Supreme Court has begun its annual fall session. They have picked the cases in which they will decide. In a news release, the media reported that the Spring Court has not taken up any cases on abortion, race, or other social issues which can polarize the citizens of the country.
What is all that about? Don't we as citizens, like to be polarized? Don't we like to discuss with our neighbors, coworkers and friends topics in which we can point out how they are wrong? Isn't this what America is all about? Nothing is more empowering than standing up and telling people how they are wrong. At the very least, it makes for lively parties. Tried this at the next gathering you are going to be at. Or at least by Thanksgiving with family. You will be the life of your party, guaranteed.
This dawned on me the other day when I saw the CBS news and Katie Curic trying to blindside and befuddle Sarah Palin on the Supreme Court. I'll bet if you asked the ever generic and, what Supreme Court decisions they disagreed on, they would be able to tell you three or four at the very least and discuss their points which would've been made by the dissenting justices. Sounds very basic to me.
Roe v. Wade as side, there are plenty of Supreme Court decisions that need to be discussed. I was talking with my neighbor Carl, the other day and he was still finding some things bothersome about Marbury versus Madison. He wouldn't stop talking about it. I couldn't even get in a word edgewise about Estelle v. Gamble. I thought there was a lot to be said about that case, but Carl would not change the subject. In Nebbia v. New York, I thought I had raised some pretty good points, yet after 45 minutes of talking this over with Carl, I think some of my positions may have been too steadfast. The case of Wilson v. New brought back such fond memories when I discussed it with Jeff, my old college buddy, when we got to talking about that at one of his kids' soccer games a few weekends ago. I'm sure a lot of you have had similar experiences. Milliken v. Bradley is another one that I could just go on for hours talking about. Why the majority decided that way, I'll never know.
Yes, citizens, even without the most polarizing of subjects such as abortion, social issues, education, and so forth, there will be plenty of things to discuss with the upcoming Supreme Court season in the years to come. In nine months, we'll be looking forward to the next October and the next Supreme Court session. Fortunately, we have 200 years of history that we can also keep going over. If Katie Couric ever asks me what Supreme Court decisions I disagree with, I know I'll be ready.