There are weeks when the day to day business of this country can be tedious and boring. This week looks to not be one of those.
There are no shortage of cases that head to the Supreme Court that have been working their way slowly up from smaller courts, that grab headlines. And by the time they make it all the way up the political/judicial ladder they have plenty of supporters and detractors out there to wave signs and scream about on the steps of the Capital.
Those old enough to remember, recall a time when piously outraged Southerners tried to bar doors of schools and tried to scare by violence and fear to prevent racial equality from taking hold 100 years after the 13th Amendment was signed into law.
I am sure that many of those angry whites felt like they were justified in their actions, while using God and scripture to help back up their back-woods beliefs. Though they were lying to themselves to ease the conscience and keep the hate burning.
Sometimes, some people have to be forced into accepting and then doing the right thing. Sucks, but it is true. The will of the slim majority must often be forced upon the ignorant masses on the other side of the argument. And in time, with acceptance of what is the right thing to begin with, those who were on the wrong side of history and the argument, accept it and move on. Though many still harbor it in the deepest and darkest recesses of their blackened and tainted hearts.
Racism still exists. Look no further than a racial outreach breakout group at CPAC a couple weeks ago. But officially, the country has moved on. Even if some of the citizens simple can't or won't. And sure, some folks (mostly old, wrinkly, white Southerners) would prefer if we still has a pre-Civil War mentality on race relations. Those folks are wrong, and their opinions should not be respected or tolerated.
Am I too harsh in saying that? No. Sorry. I am not. And we need to get past the idea of accepting and overlooking such out-moded thought. The people who harbor that sort of hate in them, do not deserve to be treated as equal, and their views should not be given the same weight as those of others who believe that "all men are created equal." But our temptation is to allow them to have equal voice in the conversation, when they should be ignored and shouted down for being racist and backward. Perhaps all men were not created equal. Perhaps some are less than the rest because of their views and attitudes. Wouldn't it be nice to see those who refuse to accept and evolve as three quarters of a citizen?
And now, we come to the equal rights argument for same sex relationships. I don't see this as being all that different from the fight for racial equality. And neither should our leaders, our courts and our people. In fact, I think that we should be applying this comparison to the conversation more than we are already doing.
It is not secret that there are some in this nation - and in power - who would rather just build internment camps for Gay and Lesbian citizens, and lock them away from the rest of the population. They might deny it, but they wouldn't be being honest about it. They would do it if they could get away with it. And thankfully, the time has passed for them to actually get away with it. The nation is moving ahead. People are accepting it and understanding it more than ignoring or demonizing it. ANd it is about time.
This week the Supreme Court will hear landmark cases in the cause for giving equal rights to same sex couples in this great nation. Past time, but the right thing to do.
We get to see the Supreme Court (and the consequences of elections and those who get to appoint Justices) on display this week. And we must help them to be brave (goodness knows they have a hard time on their own) and help them see that it is past time to do the right thing.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as liberty and justice for all, do not come with an asterisk attached for exemptions.