I think it may be said that the bad guys here are winning a long game, but going to lose the longest. A glimmer of hope, though they’ve ensured needless suffering in the meantime.
I’m not referring to the oft-misued MLK quote “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Unfortunately (at least, taken like this in its stripped-down version), that’s nonsense. Rather it’s what “Beau of the Fifth Column” said: to change the law, first you change thought.
Here’s Beau in one of the many videos in which he said this and its related argument:
Regarding the latest rush of SCOTUS insanity, these fucked-up rulings and their enabled fucked-up laws are popular among assholes currently in power, but they are overwhelmingly unpopular country-… culture-… wide.
The minds have been changed. There is backsliding, but that trend remains overall in the right direction.
The unexpected (to me) reaction, is that small and mid-size corporations are starting to nail their colors and their money to the mast in favor of reproductive and queer rights. This is the biggest indicator of minds changing.
Corporations have no souls, no conscience; they do what they believe will make their brands popular and palatable to the most customers. Nothing else. So if corps are trending progressive, even if it’s pink- and rainbow-washing… that’s the bellwether that the people have gone hard far more progressive than that. In the longest run, the laws must follow the people, or the people will no longer consent to those laws.