Friday, October 12, 2018

Has the Right Set Itself up for a Big Disappointment?

It seems that way.  In July the so-called conservatives were very downcast about the naming of Judge Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy:

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On Tuesday, the American Family Association, one of the leading conservative pro-life and pro-family Christian organizations in the country, issued a press release opposing Kavanuagh.

The AFA said it is “deeply concerned about how he might ultimately rule on issues related to abortion and religious liberty.”

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Libertarian Fox & Friends panelist Judge Andrew Napolitano also expressed his concerns about the nomination, affirming his belief that Kavanaugh was the “swamp pick.”

Napolitano stated on Tuesday that he was “disappointed in the president because this is not the type of person he said he would pick. Justice [Neil] Gorsuch was. [Brett Kavanaugh] is at the heart and soul of the D.C. establishment against whom the president railed.”

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Kavanaugh is “the establishment pick. He was the Bush pick,” Santorum said. “It just seems like, you know, Trump in this case just bowed to the elite in Washington and I think that’s going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.”

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin strongly disapproved of Brett Kavanaugh’s decision to legally characterize the financial penalties of Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax.

“You have to assume that Kavanaugh would have voted with Roberts” on Obamacare, Levin said. “He is not Scalia; he is not Thomas; he is not Alito; and in this case, he wasn’t even Kennedy. So we’ll see. The conservatives on the judiciary committee politely and legitimately need to pursue this. This is a big deal.”

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However, thanks to the wild overreaction of the ‘Left’ to Kavanaugh’s being named for and seated on the Supreme Court,

there has been an equal overreaction on the ‘Right’, which has completely wiped out all their earlier misgivings about Mr Kavanaugh.  Evangelical talk show host Bryan Fischer was playing ‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name’ on his radio program Focal Point on Monday to celebrate the ‘victory’ of the Kavanaugh confirmation and went on to write this bit of over-heated rhetoric:

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court despite vicious, cruel, and slanderous opposition represents a high water mark in American politics. It represents the victory of order over chaos, rationality over insanity, and the rule of law over disorder and violence. 

It represents the victory of the Constitution over anarchy, the victory of a republican form of government over democracy - which is just another name for mob rule - and the victory of Jesus Christ over Satan in the unseen world. 

The spiritual warfare directed against Judge Kavanaugh was as intense as any we have witnessed in the last several decades. It was as if all the demons of hell had been summoned and ordered to attack this good man in a concerted effort to destroy him. Thanks, I believe, to the committed saints who released the power of God against the powers of darkness through focused and persistent prayer, victory was seized out of the jaws of defeat. Truth won in the end. 

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He is not alone in his thrills of elation.

Those on the Right are correct in saying that the Left is acting completely unhinged these days in the States, but they are blind to their own faults, such as seeing apocalyptic significance written into every political battle that takes place in what they consider the God-chosen land of ‘America’. 

But perhaps in the midst of all their euphoria of the moment, they do see a shadow on the horizon.  Mr Fischer adds at the end of his column,

The big picture here is that conservatism is now in the clear and undisputed ascendancy in American politics. The more conservative of the two parties now controls all three branches of government - Congress - the legislative branch, the presidency - the executive branch, and the Supreme Court - the judicial branch. 

The bad news for Republicans is this: they are now absolutely, totally, completely, utterly, and entirely without any excuses not to keep their promises.

And another conservative/libertarian writer has added,

After everything that happened, the ironic thing is that Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court is a loss for conservatives, but nobody on the right wants to admit this.  We got fooled by Justice Kennedy, we got fooled by Sandra Day O’Connor, we got fooled by David Souter, and now we have just been fooled again.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy, and he is cut from the exact same cloth as his mentor.  Kennedy was one of the key votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision, and he actually wrote the opinion for the case that legalized gay marriage in America.  It is rumored that Kennedy would not retire until he was assured that Kavanaugh would be nominated in his place, because he knew that Kavanaugh would be the exact same type of Supreme Court justice that he had been.

So conservatives should not be celebrating this “victory” at all.

If Justice Kavanaugh sells them out on overturning Roe or some other key issue, we may very well witness those on the Right having as vicious a fit as the one being thrown today by the Left.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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