This week the United States Supreme Court added to its string of outrageous decisions by voting 6-3 to ban affirmative action in college admissions, to prevent the Biden administration from providing student debt relief to those who took out loans, and to allow a Colorado woman to not offer her web site design service to LGBTQ people -- thereby giving religious bigots a license to discriminate.
Previously, of course, the court voted 6-3 to reverse Roe v. Wade, the more than 50-year precedent of abortion rights, a decision that had been upheld in several subsequent decisions by the Supreme Court.
The six justices in the majority on those and other controversial cases are the court's conservative members, while the three justices in the minority are the court's liberal members. That's bad, since Supreme Court decisions are supposed to be based on the Constitution and the law, not politics.
But as Chris Hayes eloquently stated on his All In show on MSNBC today, the court's conservative majority is acting like unelected legislators, because now that they have the power on the court they're choosing to overturn liberal priorities just because they can, not because the law demands it. (The 9-minute video linked above is well worth watching.)
What's especially galling is how the six conservative justices are willing to trash legal principles just so they can force their right-wing agenda on the country. Hayes described this well on his show today.
For example, the Supreme Court is supposed to resolve disputes between two parties, one of whom believes that it has been injured. That's the notion of "standing." You can't file a suit against somebody for no reason. You have to demonstrate standing, that's you've been injured somehow.
But in the case of the woman who didn't want to design a wedding web site for a gay couple, she hasn't even started her web site design business, so obviously she's never been forced by Colorado anti-discrimination law to do this.
The woman is just worried that one day she might have to design a wedding web site for a gay couple. This opens the door to all kinds of frivolous lawsuits from people who are worried that something bad might happen to them in the future -- which makes the judicial system into a future forecasting enterprise, not a means of addressing actual wrongs.
Here's some tweets about the Supreme Court that appealed to me on my Twitter feed today.