Sorry, dissent is no longer patriotic.
What many people don't seem to understand about the left is that there is no endpoint except absolute power. The left doesn't score a political touchdown and then head off to celebrate the way we do. It plays sore winner by spewing anger even when it wins and then it begins ramping up to the new crazy level of totalitarianism.
Here's where we're headed now courtesy of the author of God vs. Gay and Evolving Dharma.
Rather than merely state their views and disagreements, they use heated language to accuse the five-person majority of imperialism, a “putsch,” and worse.
Thus, the unprecedented calls of elected officials for open revolt against the Supreme Court—a shocking display of treason—are now accompanied by calls from within the Court itself that Obergefell is illegitimate, and the Supreme Court itself no longer worthy of full respect.
Strong dissents have been stated before. The left loved it when Ginsburg was incoherently ranting about something or other.
But of course we have one law for conservatives and another for the left. That's how it always works.
Why not just tell the Religious Right to buy pitchforks and blowtorches? Chief Justice Roberts’ ironic opinion is immoderate in alleging immoderacy, extreme in alleging extremism.
So Jay Michaelson is extreme for his extremist language in condemning what he claims is the extremism of Roberts' decision regarding Kennedy's extremism. We can go around like this all day.
But of course Michaelson's bizarre rant won't be complete without somehow linking Charleston and the Confederate flag to all this.
Justice Scalia came next. And he begins thus: “I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.”
It seems inevitable that rhetoric like this will stir the next Confederate flag-waving zealot to an act of, if not domestic terrorism, at least outrageous revolt. How could it be otherwise?
When a liberal warns that a ruling is a threat to democracy, it's passionate activism. When a conservative does it, it's terrorism and the return of the Confederacy.
At the risk of climbing on the extremism merry-go-round, liberals are showing a determination to silence and suppress any opposition under the guise of condemning extremism. Michaelson's wildly dishonest attempts at accusing a Supreme Court justice of inspiring terrorism show just how determined those like him are to silence the opposition.
During the Bush years, liberals whined incessantly that democracy was under attack and that we were a day away from a totalitarian state that would round up all the opposition. And yet I don't recall mainstream conservative outlets of accusing Ginsburg or Kennedy of inspiring acts of terrorism.
Michaelson's vicious ravings show where the left is headed and why they have to be fought. This isn't about gay rights. It's about the elimination of civil rights.