I’m not a political/news junkie by any means. I’m often that one person in a room full of people whose response goes along the lines of, “Really? I had no idea!” My husband likes to make fun of my dramatic response, almost like that of a failed actress trying one last audition before she gives up her dreams of being on Broadway.
But the events of this past weekend have turned me into, well, everyone else in the 21st century. It’s not just the sentiments I angrily wrote about in my last past, which you can read here if you have not already, it’s also the fact that Constitutional Law, i.e Con Law as I and other wonks call it, is in the news again.
You might be thinking, “What? Since when have you been a constitutional law enthusiast?” Well, before I was on my current track of “I don’t know what I am doing,” I wanted to be a lawyer, more specifically, a judge. This was before I worked at a law office and had only my law classes in undergrad and my girlhood dreams to guide me. Con Law I and II by far remain my favouritest classes ever, well, other than my Philosophy and Religion classes. I loved it so much that I even served as an unpaid TA for the class a year after I graduated.
I loved learning the personalities of the Supreme Court justices that we studied and how they would use the law to advance their personal ideologies. It sounds wrong in theory, but it was so fun studying it. It’s very gosh-darn clever the way lawyers’ minds work – alas, I was not clever enough to follow in the justices’ footsteps, but whenever I hear “violation of the establishment class” or “due process,” it’s like music to my geeky/wonky ears.
I’m still angry about everything and finding out this morning that a mosque in Quebec City, CANADA has been attacked and that Muslims in PRAYER were killed, I’m angrier still.
Usually at this point, disgust and ennui lead me inward, but this time, I’m even more invested than ever. If this reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, man, it will be a showdown. If you don’t know anything about SCOTUS history (and if you care about American politics), you gotta read up on that stuff. It’s fascinating. Beginning with John Marshall pretty much saying, “Yeah Congress can make laws, but it’s the Judiciary that decides what those laws mean. So, eff you!” all the way up to recent court cases, it’s in the courts where real lasting change is made. Of course, I may be biased.
I do hope the conservative justices have a spine, unlike so many of our congressmen and women. Of course, there is still one vacant seat and we’ll see how things go this week, as Trump is expected to name his pick for the open seat soon. One thing is for certain, it ain’t politics as usual.