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October 1st, 2008
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Palin Supreme Court Meme
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As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

ETA: I have not seen this clip - I think it has not yet been released. I have seen the one where she can't name one newspaper or magazine she has read.

ETAA: Okay, now I've seen it. It was on tonight's CBS News segment "Vice Presidential Questions." To be more specific, she was unable to name any Supreme Court decision she disagrees with other than Roe v. Wade. She also said she does believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to privacy but did not seem to understand how that concept relates to Roe v. Wade. Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden was able to clearly explain why he agrees with Roe v. Wade and to come up with a decision he feels the Supreme Court got wrong.


The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

I'm choosing Lawrence v. Texas, which reversed Bowers v. Hardwick and ended laws forbidding consensual homosexual sex. John Geddes Lawrence had been arrested at gunpoint, in his own home for having sex with another man. His case went to the Supreme Court which decided 6-3 that even homosexuals have a right to privacy, reversing a previous decision that stated that it was "facetious" to think that we had any rights. Lawrence v. Texas is beautifully written, affirming the human dignity of all and the centrality of sexual expression to that dignity. It states, in part, "The liberty protected by the Constitution allows homosexual persons the right to choose to enter upon relationships in the confines of their homes and their own private lives and still retain their dignity as free persons."

If McCain and Palin are elected, one of them (which one depends on whether McCain lives long enough and is healthy enough to serve out his term - a questionable point for a 72-year-old with a complicated medical history) will likely appoint two or more Supreme Court justices. Roe v. Wade may be the only Supreme Court case Sarah Palin has heard of, but it won't be the only one overturned if there is a McCain/Palin administration.

Bonus Video: Dan Savage Auditions to Be Sarah Palin's Gay Friend

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From:mofic
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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Well Casey really chips away at Roe so I don't know that it's clearly one she'd disagree with. But she could have mentioned Miller, and said that she's glad Heller reversed it, since she's an advocate of complete lack of gun control. Or she could have cited Lawrence, just to show she's on the right side on gays as well as guns. Or she could have played it safe and gone with Dred Scott. But to say any of those would have required knowing the name of a Supreme Court decision.


Edited at 2008-10-02 02:07 am (UTC)
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From:ringthebells
Date:October 1st, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
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The link wasn't working right -- there were spaces in the URL for some reason. But I manually removed them and found the video and enjoyed it very much. :)
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From:mofic
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip - I fixed it. Zara thought it was funny, too.
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