"There's no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo,'' they wrote. ``We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law. In the end, and no matter how much we wish Mrs. Schiavo had never suffered such a horrible accident, we are a nation of laws.''
But what troubles me is that the Constitution is not enough for the Religious Right. They have begun a process whereby any true reading of the Constitution is discounted as "activism" or "liberal bias." We've already seen this in the gay marriage issue- banning gay marriage is clearly unconstitutional but justices found to defend that stance are labeled as activists, going against a percieved moral majority. The Constitution is, of course, put into place to provide us with rules that transcend majority rule- it is the check and balance against mob rule. It is the genius of our forefathers, a document meant to both sustain us on a bedrock of rights and law and allow us to grow and change. The Constitution guarantees rights to the minority in a system where the majority makes the rules.
Hopefully it will stay that way. Hopefully the far Right won't be allowed to continue to trample on the Constitution to pursue their own agenda. And now that it looks like Bush has finally washed his hands of the issue of Terri Schiavo, perhaps there's reason to keep hoping. For now.