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To Our Chief of Justice (2 of 2)

June 26, 2015

I think this is a very big, dissenting statement by CJ Roberts:

As a result, the Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are? [my bold]

I’m thinking that the extremity of the dissenting statements, points up how really big this matter is.  Even bigger than yesterday’s ruling on health care.  This majority decision and opinion really touches a raw nerve.

The marriage decision brings to the fore (and especially in the context of the racist murders in Charleston, white supremacy, and the flying of the Confederate flag–with, in my opinion, the tie between racism and sexism) utterly fundamental, philosophical questions (and our practices that follow), of who we think we are; and our answers obviously depend on who is doing the thinking.

The responses, by the minority, and by the majority, reveal the nature of the conservative mindset, and of the liberal mindset, that run deep in the psychopathology of American democracy.  This is a great moment for the present novel.  (The narration of this novel is taking some time, of course; theoretically it won’t end until at least 2017.)

So, as soon as I get a chance, on this page i’m going to think briefly in response to each of the passages of dissent quoted in the Think Progress article.  (The word, “hysterical” in that headline is especially good, btw, given its connection in sexist, such as Victorian, thought about the nature, and rightful place in society, of women.)

Then, I’ll move the narration to a new page, about what this is all about, what it all comes down to.

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