It’s too early to fully grasp the ramifications of the 6-28-12 SCOTUS decision. Reasoned analysis will take days, weeks, and months. For now everyone seems to be asking, “How bad was this decision for the future of America?”
My first reaction was a flash of history. In Germany, March 1933, Parliament passed the Enabling Act, by a vote of 444–94. It changed the Weimar Constitution to allow Hitler’s government to pass laws without parliamentary debate. From that point onward the country was a dictatorship, and Hitler’s regime was now the law of the land. And it all happened under the auspices of German law.
Thankfully, we haven’t gotten to that point yet. But we’re certainly one step closer. And keep in mind that totalitarian regimes don’t have to take the form of a blustery military coup, marching into the capitol to the tune of glorious revolution. Should the US become a genuine tyrannical regime, it will evolve in subtle increments, appearing benevolent all the while, welcomed with smiles and open arms. Then one day we’ll wake up, look around and say, “Wha hoppin?”