Author’s note: I actually composed this entry on August 19th. I suppose that I was hoping that it would go away, but now I am receiving emails from Alan Keyes’ organization claiming that the ‘Citizens’ Grand Jury’ project is proceding. God help us!
We all receive these annoying emails from sources we don’t remember how we came in touch with. On the political Right, that means I receive crazy emails from radical pro-Life advocates who have no idea how to achieve the goal they seek to forward. This time it was from the Life & Liberty PAC.
L&L apparently has one action item, and one only–they are radically pro-Life. Now, I was recently excoriated by a survivor of a failed abortion who says that I’m not pro-Life enough. Translation: I’m rational. I’m beginning to think these folks, and a wealth of other PAC’s, organizations and individuals in the pro-Life ranks are simply in it for the money. Fundraising among Christian churches and other Conservatives bring in quite a lot of money for the cause, you see. And any opportunity to attack a perceived “wishy-washy” political-type is just as good to them as a “baby murderer.” Problem is that they have no record on which to stand and no idea how to achieve anything moving forward. They think that an amendment to the Constitution of the United States banning abortion is appropriate, which smacks of their arrogance, as well as achievable, which smacks of their ignorance.
Well, enter Elena Kagan, newly installed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The former Solicitor General, former Dean Harvard Law School and former Clinton Administration staffer-turned-liar has come at a lull in the pro-Life action, if all they have to do is attack me, and Life & Liberty has seized on the opportunity to do a little fundraising.
Unfortunately, the text of the email I received today is similar in tone to the call for an amendment banning abortion. L&L has mentions a “Citizens’ Grand Jury Seeks Indictment of Kagan” and calls on Congress to “Investigate Kagan Crimes” and “Impeach” her.
Now, there may be merit to the accusations inherent to this position, but it comes across as quite a bit out of line with reality. The reality of the matter is, there are other issues in the world besides abortion, sad to report. And one of these is sound fiduciary policy, another is the economy and a third is ethical conduct, all three of which Republicans–supposedly the ‘defenders of the pro-Life faith’–simply fell down on the job over. And when the pro-Life movement doesn’t do any better job of making the main things listed above the main thing, instead seeking ‘their thing’ to be the main thing, thus allowing the real main thing to be forgotten, is it any wonder than ‘their thing’ also falls by the wayside?
And now they (we) are stuck with Justice Elena Kagan for the next 30 years.
Let Justice Kagan stand as a reminder for Conservatives just as former Justice David Souter should–that while pro-Life adherents are nice, strict constructionists are even better. And while it would be nice to have a 9-0 vote by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade would be equally nice, it is impossible to continue this back-and-forth, punt-and-return across “the aisle” that has resulted in exactly no results in nearly 40 years while the Judiciary has been allowed to become more and more influential in absence of either State mandate or Constitutional authority.
The proper way to handle the problems that the pro-Life movement faces is not to demonize individual Justices. I don’t care, quite frankly, who the actual Justices are as long as they adhere to the Constitution of the United States as their standard. And that means that issues like abortion and gay marriage are State matters strictly and only. A Justice can state, “I am gay and I am pro-Choice, but neither of these is in the jurisdiction of the Federal government or Judiciary, therefore we have no business even discussing them,” and I would be just peachy keen. Load me up with 9 gay minority Justices who will say such things. Atheists, every one. Or even Muslims, for Christ’s sake! (obvious contradiction intended)
And the pro-Life movement should learn two lessons from this whole episode. First, not every Justice has to believe abortion is wrong for the Supreme Court to properly rule in the matter. Secondly, not everyone in the pro-Life community has the movement’s best interests at heart. And as a bonus, third, the entire population in general can learn the additional lesson that bad things happen in areas secondary (social dependency) and tertiary (government operations) to the “main things” of the economy when we elect people President because of their beautiful wife, their perceived youth–or the color of their skin–instead of based on the qualifications they present during a campaign. And this is what is happening right now.
Thank you, Tea Party activists, for “waking up.” It is too bad this did not occur in the 1960’s. Or even the 1950’s. We might have been able to have done without the LBJ’s, the Watergate’s (and every subsequent “gate”, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton (remember Hillary-care?) and Barack Obama. My country might be in a better state now, when my generation is about to have handed off to it a nation reminiscent of a European Socialist state than a free Republic.
Republicans did not give us Barack Obama. And the pro-Life movement has not addressed the issues presented by poor fiscal management, bad theory of government and a Republican Party strangely willing to show up and proclaim “I am pro-Life” but equally strangely unable to simply balance the budget and shrink the size of the government.
It is time to get the “main thing” identified. Recognize that the “other things” are in line with the “main thing.” But the “main thing” is still the “main thing.” And banning abortion, investigating and impeaching Elena Kagan do not rank. Period.
In the words of some great philosopher, “It’s about the economy, stupid!” It was when it was a Republican President. It is now that the shoe’s on the foot of the other Party. And stop sending me stupid emails.