Today, I got in a debate at fencing.
Eventually, I will learn that this is never a good idea, but today I accidentally did anyway, when I mentioned that The California Attorney General has urged the Supreme Court to review Prop 8.
"Psh. People need to drop it," said my enlightened friend. "We voted, it's over. If they want to change it, they should have another vote."
"Putting minority rights up for majority vote isn't really how it's supposed to work," I pointed out. "If we voted on all unpopular Supreme Court cases, we'd still be in segregated classrooms."
"Of course not. I wouldn't have voted for that," he said.
Yes. Because you, having grown up in a desegregated society in an upper-middle-class, educated household, are totally characteristic of the political atmosphere in the South in the 1950s. How could I have missed it?
But I digress.
I don't know very much about Constitutional law, but it seems to me that I've learned in more or less every U.S. history class I've ever taken that the Supreme Court is supposed to be sort of isolated from public opinion, so as to properly do their job of ensuring that the law is fair and equal, which seems to very often mean protecting minorities.
Which means "But we voted!" is not a Constitutionally sound argument.