One bad night for abortion and one good night for America

The results of the midterm elections for the United States are still coming in and it looks like that McSally will eventually defeat Sinema, Scott will win his recount against Nelson, and Hyde-Smith will win her special election run-off which would give the Republicans a 54-46 majority in the Senate. That is significant in the war against immorality in the United States, and, more specifically, against abortion. Why? Because the Senate commands the courts. The court system in the United States is becoming increasingly more and more corrupt ever since the concept of “judicial supremacy” was falsely made the “thing”.

It seems that the courts do not just think of themselves as a branch of government but also as the legislation and the executive giving out “court orders” and “interpreting laws” neither of which has any relation to being judicial. As such, who serves on the courts has become an increasingly important topic in America. Sen. Mitch McConnell knew this very well when he made the gamble to oppose Merrick Garland when Pres. Obama nominated him to replace Justice Scalia after the latter’s unfortunate repose in 2016. He didn’t know Trump would win the election but from that point on, the Presidential election was about the courts. So much so that even Sen. Ted Cruz lost favourability by refusing to endorse Trump. Hillary Clinton had been leading in the polls significantly and was expected to win–big. Yet on election night, it turned out just to be the opposite. The Supreme Court had become such a big issue that a myriad of conservative voters held their noses and voted for the volatile Trump any way.

Then, in 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced a bombshell. He would be retiring. Pres. Trump now needed to find a replacement just before the midterms. He selected Judge Kavanaugh. A judge who had been involved in the investigation against Pres. Clinton and had served with Pres. Bush. He had even been a clerk to Justice Kennedy and, as a judge, made a ruling in favour of Trump against Union labourers who had overextended. Put bluntly, the guy was likable, qualified, and had a lot of favour from all areas of the GOP. He was a shoe-in with the GOP-majority and the Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. But the Schumer-led Democrats opposed him viciously. And when it became obvious that he would be confirmed, released a bombshell report that Kavanaugh had committed sexual assault as a teenager. A report they sat on for years. They didn’t want him on the Supreme Court because they were afraid that he would make rulings in favour of anti-abortion laws. That is now very significant. Kavanaugh got confirmed in spite of numerous allegations and many of the accusers are now finding themselves under investigation for the spurious nature of their allegations.

This goes back to the beginning–abortion lost on Tuesday. BIG. We’re not talking one minor loss. We are talking three different losses. One was a gubernatorial race in Idaho. Lt. Gov. Brad Little is expected to win. Brad Little currently has 60% of the votes with very little left to count. Little has not only criticised abortion but has even supported legislation that would criminalise abortion. This would mean that Idaho may end up with propositions that end up significantly crippling the abortion industry (what is left of it) in that state.

And two more states condemned abortions. West Virginia held a vote to restrict a woman’s right to an abortion which successfully passed. This would pose a challenge to Roe v. Wade. With a court more inclined to protecting and ruling in favour of states’ legislation, this could mean a revolution against abortion. Another state more explicitly condemned abortion. Alabama voted to protected the rights of the unborn granting them constitutional status. This is BIG. It means that in any court ruling about Alabama, the courts need to take into account the constitutional rights granted to the unborn by Alabama state law. They cannot fall back on “the right to privacy for the woman” in a potential effort to vote it down and force Alabamians to accept pro-abortion policies. So Roe v. Wade will have significant challenges for it coming up in the recent years, months maybe, and with the Senate expanded, the courts seem to look more favourable to the socially conservative legislation policies that have been voted on.

Socially conservative policies consistent with Christian social doctrine are starting to win again largely because social conservatives are being emboldened. With a President who doesn’t care about what people think about what he says but says what is on his mind, extremist arguments are easier to present in public discourse. Extremist arguments are what have convincing power and not just kicking around your boot with hands tied behind your back not really knowing what to say about why something is so popular or having to accept that some things are more difficult. It is important to think about Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and what he once has famously made a point of–“some things are black and white”.

About newenglandsun

A student. Male. Passionate. Easily offended. Child-like wonderer. Growing in faith, messing up daily.
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