Disclosure 1: I am a man who will never have or perform an abortion.
Disclosure 2: I support abortion rights.
Disclosure 3: I did NOT support the Supreme Court's recent Kelo v. New London decision, which was a setback for the very concept of private property.
Disclosure 4: The Kelo v. New London decision will have much, much, much more far-reaching impact on American society than will any future decision that either upholds or strikes down Roe v. Wade.
And that's not even debatable.
As you may be able to tell, I'm a bit irritated. And it's because here in Washington, D.C., all four of our daily papers this morning had a variation of the same banner headline splashed across their front page: ALITO APPARENTLY WAS AGAINST ABORTION 20 YEARS AGO BASED ON SOMETHING HE WROTE ON A JOB APPLICATION WITH THE REAGAN-ERA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE NOBODY EVER STRETCHES THE TRUTH ON JOB APPLICATIONS, AND CERTAINLY WOULDN'T SAY WHAT THEY THOUGHT AN OBVIOUSLY CONSERVATIVE BOSS WOULD WANT TO HEAR, AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCONCEIVABLE THAT HIS OPINION WOULD HAVE CHANGED SINCE 1985, SO EVERYBODY ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAKE YOUR JUDGEMENTS NOW!!!!!!!!
Jesus God Almighty. Folks, you may not like to hear it, but the issue of abortion rights is NOT the only issue that Alito will hear and weigh in on as a Supreme Court justice. It is NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE HE WILL HEAR AND WEIGH IN ON, either. The Kelo v. New London decision just passed was terrifically more important. So is Rumsfeld v. Padilla, which will wind its way back up to the SCOTUS soon. There will continue to be cases regarding the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, basic civil rights, the separation of powers, and states' rights versus federal government dominion.
So I don't really understand why this particular issue is the one issue that each side uses to roast potential Supreme Court justices into a crisp. We all caution people against being single-issue voters come election time; the senators who confirm or reject justice nominees shouldn't be single-issue voters either.
In short, I'm damn tired of the SCOTUS abortion debate being the single most important debate that determines the makeup and direction of the Court. It shouldn't be. There are many other issues that are more important to the future of the United States. They should not take a back seat to Roe v. Wade.
Is Roe important? Yes.
Has its importance grown way, way, way out of control?