Elections have consequences
Back in the waning days of the 2016 election, when everything hung in the balance, and Bernie-or-Busters / Jill-not-Hills were having their temper tantrums, the rest of us were reminding them about the courts, Supreme and otherwise. Almost to a jack man of them they said "Don't threaten us with the courts!" (Also, more than a few were under the impression that we could just vote out judges we didn't like. Yes, they're morons.)
Well, that attitude has born fruit today.
In two decisions, the Supreme Court upheld Hitler's Muslim travel ban, and struck down a California law requiring "crisis pregnancy centers" to notify clients of all options, including abortions.
The Supreme Court was on the ballot in 2016. Mitch McConnell made sure of that. And that fact wasn't enough for many supposed "progressive" voters. So now we have what we have. As a union member, I'm steeling myself for the right-to-work case; I don't expect it will go my way.
Your vote is not just your vote. It impacts your family, your friends, your neighbors, the community. When you vote out of pique, or huffily insist that both parties are the same, this is what we get: a Supreme Court which is the most conservative in decades, issuing rulings which will make progress all that much more difficult. But, you know, you got to stamp your feet and hold on to your purity.
The left refuseniks and the right MAGA voters are of a pair. They don't look beyond their own immediate needs. They don't think about the future, or about how their actions affect others. They are islands unto themselves. And if the world burns, a glorious new one will arise in its place. Or they're willing to take that gamble, at any rate.
All of you who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton: This court's on you. Own it. We'll be living with it for years.
This is your open thread.
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