Imagine that Trump nominates a young, strict constructionist. Imagine further that Roe v Wade and gay marriage are overturned and sent back to the states for local rulings and the possibility of amending the constitution. What does it really mean?The two rulings causing the most hysteria among the progressives are abortion and gay marriage. Like the existence of God, both are rulings on unanswerable questions.
It means that the people will be given a choice about these key elements of their culture and their lives. It's not the Supreme Court's culture and it's not your culture or my culture, it's our culture and a strict constructionist will hand the power back to us. That's a very, very good thing.
What is a marriage? Is it defined by biology or emotions? Both sides have merit. Both can be strongly held by well-intentioned people and defended with sound logic and fact..
When does life begin? When the egg is fertilized? When the heart starts beating? When the child can feel pain? When it is born? When it can be considered sentient? Any one of these is defensible. Any one can be strongly held by well-intentioned people and defended with sound logic and fact.
Why are ambiguous questions that define key parts of our culture being decided by 5 people and forced upon 325,000,000? If the questions can be answered in multiple ways without "hate" or illogic, then one answer is as valid as another. The dudes and dudettes on the Supreme Court aren't going to come up with the killer arguments that put those questions to bed once and for all because those arguments do not exist. The Supremes are not supremely wise, they just have the training, experience and position to rule on laws. That's not the same as cultural omniscience.
I am fundamentally opposed to both abortion and gay marriage, but I would find them easier to accept if the citizens of my state voted to make them legal. At least then I wouldn't feel like I was living in a 5-person dictatorship. And frankly, I can't respect 5 people who think they can answer eternal paradoxes definitively for all the rest of us. That's obnoxious.
The real question at hand is not whether this or that ruling will be upheld or overturned, it's this: Who gets to rule on hopelessly ambiguous cultural matters, the 325,000,000 of us or the 5 of them?
Here, we see members of the Supreme Court paying a visit on our elected officials so they can issue a ruling upon the rest of us.
* - Hey, even an ideologically blinded blogger finds an acorn now and again. Although just what that blogger would do with the acorn once he found it is beyond me.