ALL should give direction for state & nationSeptember/October 2018
The phrase “elections have consequences” is often bandied about during election cycles in order to get voters inclined to vote one way or another. But the United States could not have had a more vivid expression of that truth than it has had over the last eight weeks with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The only reason that Kavanaugh was nominated was because Donald Trump was elected President in 2016. The only reason he was confirmed was because 51 Republican U.S. Senators were elected and were sitting in the U.S. Senate. That was important because those same 51 had worked to get Neal Gorsuch confirmed in 2017. And that was important because for the first time in more than 60 years the Supreme Court was tottering on a 4-4 liberal-conservative inclination, the resolution of which would be determined by the next appointment.
The 2016 election was most important in that process, but the elections in the last decade had set the stage.
The reason why members of the progressive side of the American political spectrum were acting out was because they have counted on the liberal Supreme Court for decades to do things that a conservative court could never do because of their divergent approaches to the Constitution. Liberal Courts continue to modify the Constitution with their rulings and conservative Courts simply interpret that document and all the laws that Congress enacts. Bluntly, a liberal Court legislates from the bench.
This explains the outlandish behavior of left-wing activists – they knew they were losing their ultimate power. They knew they would have to pass legislation like every other segment of society in order to have their will done. They could no longer simply rely on liberal members of “their” Court to do their will.
Consider that Roe v. Wade, the right to end the life of an unborn human being, was decided in 1973 without a single vote by a Senator or Congressman. Similarly, more recently, Obergefell v. Hodges, redefined marriage in 2015 with no debate or vote. Both of those decisions are reminiscent of the biased 1857 Dred Scott decision where the Court “decided” that a person of African descent was only three-fifths of a human being.
Hence, the crazy shenanigans of liberals and progressives in the confirmation process. The moral of the story – this historical story – is “Get out and vote your values on Nov. 6!”