The Supreme Court ruled that you have to let Black kids go to school. They ruled that you have to let Black people vote. They ruled that women get to decide for themselves whether or not to bear children.
And that’s when conservatives began touting the idea of “strict interpretation” of the Constitution. If the Constitution doesn’t explicitly say that Black kids get to go to school, then Black kids don’t get to go to school. If it doesn’t explicitly say that Black people get to vote, then Black people don’t get to vote. If it doesn’t explicitly say that women get to decide for themselves whether or not to bear children, then it’s not their decision to make.
They try to pass off “strict interpretation” as if it’s some cloak of political and ideological purity. They like to think of themselves as fearless defenders of the Founding Fathers’ original intentions.
But the stench of racism and misogyny still wafts through.