DOMA And A More In Depth Look At The Meaning Of A 5/4 Decision
The High Priests/Priestesses of the Supreme Court have taken the auspices and determined that the Gods need no longer be assuaged. Perhaps the Priests (et.al) have “not been informed that when the Gods change it is generally understood that the services of their representatives become superfluous as well? It has long been understood and asserted by scholars of diverse natures that the linkage between a culture/society and its Gods or religion is so deep and total as to make it impossible to cleanly sever the one from the other.
It is a very dangerous thing these new rulers of ours are doing and the fact that the seeds were sown decades ago makes the situation now no less dangerous. The history of the thing is that when “the people” and “the society” are no longer the same thing a catastrophic implosion can be expected to occur virtually at any time in the near future.
Much ink has been spilt of late in an attempt to draw parallels between today’s United States and Ancient Rome. Who could have predicted how closely a Supreme Court metaphor picked on a whim ended up reflecting reality?
Until 300 BC only patricians could become augures. Plebeian assemblies were forbidden to take augury and hence had no input as to whether a certain law, war or festival should occur. Cicero, an augur himself, accounts how the monopoly of the patricians created a useful barrier to the encroachment of the populares. However in 300 BC a new law Lex Ogulnia, increased the number of augures from four to nine and required that five of the nine be plebeians, granting, for the first time, the ability to interpret the will of the Gods to lower classes. With this new power, it was not only possible for plebeians to determine the gods will in their favor but it was also now possible for plebeians to critique unfair interpretations by patricians.
Interesting……… even to the 5/4 majority.
As happened in Ancient Rome, the United States has now officially moved away from a constitutional republican form of government. If nothing else, the fact that many of our most important political decisions are now technically Supreme Court Rulings should set off an alarm bell or two. The fact that the path which these “rulings” take is so heavily dependent on who sits on the Court at the time these cases are decided should also serve to highlight how arbitrary and capricious our whole system of government (and justice) has become.
The fact that I need to even comment on how obscene it is to accept and discuss a “5/4” decision without first discussing the problem of it being a decision which was decided 5/4 (ie. a margin of one, not to mention a whole host of other problems).
What a travesty, but in any event, we move on, and on, and on, until one day we don’t.