While President Barack Obama launches a Gen. Sherman-style march to the seas offensive, and the GOP tries to block his every move, the Supreme Court will be the decider, whether they like it or not.
By end of their term in June, the court will legalize same-sex marriage. There is little doubt because virtually every federal appeals court has already ruled that way.
The Republican mantra, based on reconstructed old South theology, repackaged but still with an expiry data, will be dead as a fetus in an Planning Parent clinic.
There are several ways the Court can do this. A simple, straightforward ruling would be the best thing that could happen to Republicans and their Tea Party. More likely, though, is a ruling that makes all sorts of legal challenges possible.
My favorite is the idea that states can pass laws that allow business owners to refuse to do their cleaning, serve them dinner or sell them products.
In addition to keeping attention focused on the issue, it also will make it clear to the nation’s aspiring young that they should avoid some states, especially if they are members of the Creative Class. Boulder or Birmingham?
The next train wreck for the right will be the legalization of marijuana. It will wreak even more havoc because many libertarians and others on the right will applaud the decision.
Desperately cash-poor states will begin a bidding war.
Also hurt will be the cops who have benefitted from federal bonuses for fighting the drug war, and the prison industry that needs its prisoners to pay for itself.
Immigration remains a riddle but there will be so much chaos who knows what might happen. The growing number of Hispanic voters will throw their weight to the Democrats.
Other important issues, like equal pay for women, will be a sideshow. Democrats and Republicans, for a change, will agree on the need to shut down the Islamic terrorist threat. Everyone will have a drone in their yard. The principle of an eye for an eye, which predates the Old Testament, will become U.S. foreign police. You kill one of us. We will kill you.
Islam could formally break into two or more groups, with those who want no part of a Holy War separating.
Somehow, though it is not clear now, people will begin to demand that income disparities be addressed, and not just in poor countries.
In the U.S., the Pièce de résistance will be the ending of the power of the former slave-holding states to delay progress in America. No one will benefit more from it. Lincoln will turn over in his grave.
Mark Twain, perhaps the nation’s greatest writer, and clearly at times its conscious, said it best: “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
He also said: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
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