I met up with Frylock this evening, and had a great time talking about everything: from people not reading entire articles and yet still reacting based on headlines, to the relative quality of Star Trek shows (we both agree that Voyager is the worst).
And of course, since he’s more learned on the subject of law than I, I asked him some pointed questions about today’s Supreme Court ruling on the ACA.
Whether or not he or I agree with the Court or not, it was a level–headed and rational conversation trying to take in all of the angles we could consider. It’s amazing when you slow down and discuss things, when you make an effort to understand arguments that would help you understand impact and import of things, how you realize how much relative noise there is.
The way people have behaved, you’d think it’s the first contentious decision the Court has made in history. This is especially ridiculous when you consider the Supreme Court was formed in order to make contentious decisions.
Not even discussing Wolf Blitzer’s fumbling of the announcement in his attempt to be the first to get an intelligible sound on the airwaves about the ruling, and instead looking at Twitter and Facebook, suddenly everyone is a Constitutional Scholar. This is especially frustrating when their learned opinion boils down to one essential point.
The opinions posted across social networks everywhere are reflective, mostly, as to whether or not they like and agree with the current President about “his” bill (a whole other facet of our conversation covered this semi–fallacy). They don’t even particularly care about precedent, scope or impact. Just whether “their side” won. I have one old friend on Facebook who has posted gloating update after gloating update because of that.
What’s happened to us? Does he really want to reduce historic decisions from the high court into sports competitions? Is his goal to bite his thumb at those who disagree, until the Sheriff has to step in to separate the families again?
It returned me to a thought I had as I took my brief lunch walk today, one that makes me realize I’m a different kesseljunkie than I was a few years ago. For as much as I might passionately agree or disagree with something like this, to borrow a sentiment from Jules, there ain’t a G-ddamn thing I can do about it.
So people will gloat on Facebook, or they will rage on Twitter or they’ll fill airtime on their 24 hour networks to argue simplified points. But not one person will really listen. They’ll jerk their leg and raise their voice when they hear their proper cue to roar or hiss. [edit: stitched two paragraphs back together for clarity]
Small wonder I choose to remain conspicuously silent about some things. Because as a wise man once said,