Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The Most Liberal Conservative Supreme Court ever?

In the Past year, the Supreme Court has:


preserved affirmative action, found constitutional due process protection for private sexual behavior of homosexuals, and opened states to lawsuits for violations of federal family leave law that combats stereotypes about female workers' domestic responsibilities; three rulings give constitutional legitimacy to rather widely supported cultural changes. (From the New York Times)


And in the latest chapter of the Supreme Court: they have upheld McCain-Feingold law on the soft-money ban for campaigns. Hmm, interesting things are happening in the land of the lawsuits and the changing law of the land. This is an encouraging personality crisis...I am actually beginning to trust this court more than I have ever trusted them in the past.
Although I'm not so naive to think that the money issues in campaigning won't stop being such a large problem, I am nonetheless encouraged by the court's decision. I was listening to NPR the other day, and the discussion was centered around the youth vote. It struck me how no one spoke of the issue of money during campaigns when they talked about reasons politicians don't address the youth. If there are any college aged voters and young professionals who can afford to make major contributions to any political campaign, than let them give money to Republicans. Ha...that joke was not so well executed. I'm running out of steam here. heh.
The point is, it's a nice thing to be satisfied with one major branch of the government for a change. Thank you Supreme Court (well, at least the 5 of you that seem to understand basic human rights).