I find it funny, in light of other posts I’ve done recently, how the far right is getting just as bad as the far left. It used to be, and maybe this is just my perception, that it was mostly the left who had a tenuous grasp on reality, but now I’m seeing it from the right as well.
In a recent discussion about the Supreme Court, someone kept saying that the Supreme Court couldn’t legislate law, they couldn’t do this and they couldn’t do that. They even pointed out a statement by Justice Scalia in the recent gay marriage case that the Supreme Court has no ability to legislate law. Okay, fine, it isn’t supposed to work that way, but in reality, it does. You can say how things are supposed to work all you want. It really only matters how they actually work. The rest is wishful thinking. It’s like saying everyone is supposed to follow the law so we can just disband the police. Well, in reality, everyone doesn’t follow the law, that’s why we have police in the first place.
But a lot of people just can’t seem to get it through their heads. The real world doesn’t always work as we think it’s supposed to. Our ideals aren’t always the same as the harsh facts. There is an unfortunate subset of people who are convinced that the ideals are always true, even when it demonstrably isn’t the case, and they spend a lot of time whining when the ideals aren’t followed. Yes, everyone ought to follow the speed limits. No, everyone isn’t going to do it. As I’ve said many, many times, one of the basic parts of maturation is accepting reality as it is, not as you desperately wish it might be. In the political arena, the Supreme Court is supposed to rule only on the Constitutionality of various laws and cases brought before them. They are not supposed to use their own social, political or religious beliefs to make decisions. They do anyhow. Even Scalia, heck, especially Scalia, does this every damn day. Is it right? No. Is it supposed to happen? No. Is it going to change any time soon? Unfortunately no. So let’s stop pretending that everyone is going to magically realize how wrong they’ve been and change their ways. They’re not. They’re going to be hypocrites, like Scalia, who only pays attention to some things and entirely ignores others, just because it makes them happy.
The world would be a much better place if we could just do that, but again, that’s not reality and accepting reality… well, you know.