It is supposed to be impartial to anything but the law.
It is supposed to be the final haven for properly applied jurisprudence.
It is supposed to be beyond the grasp of money, influence, politics, religion.
Supposed to be.
The harsh reality is that the bench is completely subject to politics - justices being handpicked by the powers-that-be that occupy the Oval Office when spaces open up. Sure the nominated justice must undergo the scrutiny of comittees, have every flake of dandruff on their head put under the spotlight, and in the end become a prime ingredient in the Crap Souffle' baked by the process - but all that aside - a conservative White House gets a conservative justice on the bench, and a liberal White House gets a liberal justice on the bench.
And since the appointments are lifetime - a justice must die or retire in order to make way for a replacement. And during their tenure, they are free to ream out Lady Justice, our Constitution, and our country disburse rulings as they see fit. All it takes is a simple majority.
And as we have repeatedly seen with the current cast of characters on the court, the conservative justices have zero compunction about playing politics, religion, and the lobbying game instead of meting out actual, you know, JUSTICE.
We saw it with Citizens United in which the majority made it clear that money owns politics - the more the better. CU made corporations into people and made it possible to dump unlimited $$ into politics. And don't think for two seconds that a Sheldon Adelson opens his coffers because he loves this country. He opens it to buy power, power in the form of elections, and handpicked puppet Senators and Congressmen/women.
Where does that leave you and me who manage to donate $20, $30, maybe $50 to a candidate? Out in the cold. Your $50 barely gets you a form email Thank You, let alone the ear and voting power of the elected.
I use Adelson as the example because GOP candidates now make a pilgrimage to Las Vegas like Muslims trek to Mecca - only they go to worship at the altar of a casino mogul not even from this country. (And yes, I completely acknowledge that Democratic candidates have deep pockets from which to woo as well.)
The founding fathers, so often inaccurately invoked by the GOP and Teabag contingents had strong feelings about corporations and government. Thomas Jefferson:
“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
Defiance to the laws of our country.
That is exactly what is happening, all aided and abetted by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
Justice is not meted out. Ju$tice is meted out.
It is bought by dirty money. It is heavily influenced by religion - another thing the founders were all too familiar with, and all too wary of as they worked to establish the governance of this country.
Well, so much for that.
In their ruling today, which drips religion like a hoax crucifix drips "blood", the majority ruled that companies can now make decisions about your insurance coverage based on the religious beliefs of the owners.
Let's clarify that to what it really means: Hobby Lobby and closely held companies with likeminded religious zealots at their helms are legally allowed to insist their insurance providers will no longer cover certain birth control methods FOR WOMEN.
That was the driving boner behind the whole ruling. Control Women's Reproductive Rights.
Insurance carriers used by these companies will continue to cover vasectomies and boner drugs, because, you know, MEN. (Let's ignore the hypocrisy here in which God controls EVERYTHING, but surely he doesn't mean a limp noodle dick is a sign that a man should no longer be out humping. Surely not, again, MEN. And help me out here - if an IUD is an abortion device (it's NOT) - then how is a vasectomy not an abortion procedure? After all, it cuts off the ability to procreate - JUST LIKE AN IUD.)
But this darkly robed, homegrown Taliban that sits on our Supreme Court has decided that fairy tale beliefs trump actual sanity. That whim trumps science. That opinion trumps fact.
I hate the term "slippery slope" because it is so overused, but since these five just tipped the Exxon Valdez down the hill, we'll go with slippery slope.
What's next? Blood transfusions? Antibiotics? Prenatal screening? Mental health help? Depending on the religion, all those things are morally objectionable, verboten.
The ruling went down 5-4. The five? Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy - all men - no ovaries, no uteruses, no fallopian tubes - yet the ability to strike out at those of us who have them.
They were all quick to hide behind their ruling only being the narrow sliver of contraception - certainly not things like blood transfusions - but again, if one thing is unacceptable on religious grounds, you certainly have to allow all the other tenets, beliefs, and bullshit that proliferate religions - ALL RELIGIONS - something made very clear by Justice Ginsberg in her written dissent.
So how will this work when a Muslim business owner begins to argue the same way? Oh, wait - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
Picking up on my anger yet? GOOD.
YOUR religion is just that - YOURS. YOURS to attend to, to seek community in, to wallow around in like a pig in slop. Believe whatever you want. Make more shit up to believe in.
BUT IT HAS NO BEARING ON ME, MY CHOICES, MY LIFE.
Nor should it.
I have three daughters. Their access to safe abortions, contraception, etc, should not be beholding to YOUR Sunday school mental pap.
What happened today was not justice. Not by a long shot.
What happened today was our country's highest court allowing religion to enter and hold sway.
And our founding fathers knew enough about THAT to escape it and come here to form a more perfect union, NOT a carbon copy of what they fled.