Today probably seemed like any other day when you woke up. You probably got dressed and went to work like on any other day, unless you work for a clothing-optional employer like CNN. But something is very different in America right now. For the first time in more than 90 years, we have a constitutionalist majority on the United States Supreme Court. There are very few Americans who are alive today that can even remember the last time America had a majority of Supreme Court Justices who respect the US Constitution.
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a Senate vote of 51 to 48. Susan Collins of Maine betrayed her Republican colleagues by voting against a strong, smart and lovely woman. Kamala Harris of California was too busy not campaigning for vice president to show up for the vote. Isn’t there an old saying that you shouldn’t complain about the outcome if you don’t bother to vote?
Justice Clarence Thomas did the honors of swearing now-Justice Barrett in at a White House ceremony, about an hour after the Senate vote. I’m not sure what the significance of that was. Doesn’t the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice usually swear in new Justices? Was it a snub of Judge Roberts, who has made his bed in recent years with the progressive activist wing of the court? For all intents and purposes, Judge Thomas is now the true leader of the Supreme Court, with its five-vote constitutionalist majority.
The American people now have a firewall against congressional progressivism and communism for the first time in my lifetime – and probably in yours. Through our entire lives, it has always been a “crapshoot” when a case comes before the Supreme Court. Even in situations where a law passed by Congress was clearly unconstitutional, there was no guarantee that law would be shot down.
Imagine how different America might be if we had never allowed progressives to transform the nation’s highest court into a super legislature that creates new laws out of thin air, in clear violation of the Founders’ intent.
States could still implement the death penalty against serial rapists and child molesters (which was the law of the land in many states from our nation’s founding). Individual states would have the right to decide whether they choose to allow abortion within their borders and under what circumstances. Defecating on an American flag and then setting it on fire would not be considered “speech.” The internet might be a safer place for children to learn and flourish, instead of a cesspool where they can accidentally stumble upon the latest episode of “Fast Times with Hunter Biden and a Group of Russian Honeypot Hookers.”
Dwight Eisenhower was once famously asked if he had any regrets from his presidency. He answered that he had two – and they were both sitting on the Supreme Court.
Republican presidents have appointed Supreme Court judges time and time again for the past century, only to be shocked when they drifted leftward and became progressive disasters. Those judges sold out America for a bowl of pottage and the strange new respect of the liberal media cocktail party circuit. John Roberts is the most recent of these disappointments.
President Trump has given America a gift that no other Republican president has managed to achieve in more than nine decades: A constitutional majority on the Supreme Court.
The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett brings the 2020 election into even sharper focus all of a sudden. We must not squander this gift. Even if we have to hold our noses while doing it, we must keep a Republican majority in the Senate and send President Trump back for a second term. (“House Speaker Kevin McCarthy,” who has turned out to be surprisingly pro-Trump, would be a nice addition as well.)
The Democrats are livid over Amy Coney Barrett and they are now willing to tear everything down to regain power over that court – from court packing to adding new states. As for Judge Barrett herself, what now? Will she turn out to be another Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas? Time will tell. Although I have my doubts on that, I know one thing for certain: ACB will never be as bad at her job or as bad for America as Ruth Bader Ginsburg was.