Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate, Then...

While celebrating the various progressive victories this week (health care reform, housing discrimination, marriage equality) at the Supreme Court, it is helpful to remember the following:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 86 next March.
Justice Antonin Scalia turns 80 next March.
Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 in 2018.
Justice Clarence Thomas turns 70 in 2018.

At least one and perhaps all of these seats on the SCOTUS will be filled by whomever is nominated by the next President and confirmed the Senate that he or she must contend with. The President that WE work to elect, the Senate that WE work to elect. Or we can sit back and let the highly-motivated "take our country back" TEA Party to do the work like they did in 2010, and then we end up with a SCOTUS packed with people against this week's victories.

And SCOTUS rulings can be revisited, just as Bowers v. Hardwick was overturned by Lawrence v. Texas.

The fate of these decisions is in our hands. So let's celebrate today, and then get to work tomorrow.

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