Howard Zinn has a provocative essay
in this month's Progressive
urging liberals to avoid getting too bent out of shape about the GOP's inclination to push the Supreme Court to the right because that's not where serious social justice happens anyway. A small piece:
It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice. The distinction between law and justice is ignored by all those Senators--Democrats and Republicans--who solemnly invoke as their highest concern "the rule of law." The law can be just; it can be unjust. It does not deserve to inherit the ultimate authority of the divine right of the king.
Required reading on the left; optional on the right.