We hate the word "ironic."
We really do.
We think it's dreadfully overused.
But sometimes . . . . well, it seems there's just no other word that will do.
And that's the case here.
We're talking about today's United States Supreme Court decision in the Voting Rights Act case -- the decision in which the Supreme Court basically threw out a key component of the law.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the Court. And, in essence, here was his message: Times have changed. We must move on. What was needed yesterday is no longer needed today. We've changed. Society has moved on. People's minds and attitudes and actions have changed and so, we cannot go back to the old ways. We must get up to date, open our eyes, accept the new realities and move forward.
That's basically what the Chief said.
And, here's the irony: In essence that's what the liberals have been saying all along. All the way back to Bob Dylan's song in 1964 -- "The times, they are a changing" -- and even before that.
And liberals always told us we must change along with the times. Indeed, we must even stay ahead of the times, they argue.
But now that the Chief Justice has embraced the very same concept, the liberals are crying like a bunch of abandoned kindergartners. Now, all of a sudden, moving beyond the approaches of another era won't work anymore. Not here. Not now.
Why? Because one of their pet preference schemes -- one of their vaulted social "remedies" is now the ox that's being gored. Oh, no . . . we can't have that! We can't abandon something just because it has long since become outmoded and irrelevant.
We can't let go of the old ways and move ahead -- not now. Not this time.
It's ironic, isn't it?
Again, Chief Justice Roberts in his own words: “History did not end in 1965,” Roberts writes. And: “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically. The tests and devices that blocked ballot access have been forbidden nationwide for over 40 years."
The Chief said we can no longer fashion "remedies" based on the past -- renewing laws that address "problems" that may no longer exist. And if Congress doesn't like this, Congress will have to fashion new, up-to-date approaches.
Again, in his own words: “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions."
With these words, Roberts used liberalism's own mantra to show just how phony liberals really are.