I was going to post this essay on Friday afternoon when it became clear that Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate. Instead, I was moved (shaken really) to write my thoughts on the Tomahawk missiles that were launched against the Assad regime the night before.
I will write more about that incident and what it means for Russo-American relations as well as Trump’s nationalist agenda at a future time, shortly after Easter. This is because I plan on going dark early this week in honor of Holy Week –posting only a spiritual video–and because I hope that the dust will have settled somewhat and we will have more information.
Today, I want to talk about the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and why I believe that this is an unalloyed victory for the Trump agenda as well as for the conservative cause.
First of all, Gorsuch is an exemplary judge in his own right. There is no whiff of scandal surrounding him. Second, he is known for deciding cases on the merits rather than on his feelings. Third, he’s an Originalist; he views the Constitution in its proper context. It would be difficult to see him teasing out baby-killing from an “emanation from a penumbra” of the Constitution. I doubt he can even see a penumbra, much less an emanation from it. That’s good as it means he’s not psychotic.
Fourth, on a superficial level he’s viewed as merely a “placeholder” or a mere replacement for the great Antonin Scalia. That’s true as far as it goes but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Mainly because of his youth, his scholarship and his keen mind, he’s more than a mere replacement. In comparison to the lazy reasoning that emanates from Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan, I predict that his rulings will be erudite and studied with great interest by legal scholars for years to come. (They’re not the only ones: Anthony Kennedy’s Hallmark-style emoting on the Obergefell case is laughable.)
And this brings us to the fifth reason why his confirmation was so important: in keeping the Scalia seat open, Sen Mitch McConnell did the unthinkable –he drove millions of conservatives to the polls to vote for Donald Trump. Trump as you may remember promised to appoint justices to the Supreme Court only from a list of stellar conservative legal minds. Gorsuch was at the top of that list. For many conservatives and Republicans, this was the only issue that mattered.
Now I realize that we have come to a perilous point in our Republic where the judiciary has become probably the most important branch of government. A kritarchy is not what our Founding Fathers envisioned but that’s a story for another day. Regardless, we “fight with the army we got” and the supremacy of the courts are an unfortunate fact of governance in our lives. If we had to do it over again, it might be a good idea to codify in black and white what is the province of the judiciary and restrict it like a tiger on a leash but that’s not where we’re at now.
And this leads us to the fifth benefit of all this: Republicans are beginning to understand how good it feels to have cojones. We may be seeing the dawn of a new era, in which Republicans are able to cast off their cuckservative “principles” and act like real men. McConnell was able to withstand the withering criticism of the political class and cover the GOP from incoming fire and for that he deserves high praise. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see conservatives in Congress and on television likewise stand their ground when the usual leftist contumely is heaped upon them.
Sixth, and this is where it gets especially delicious: the Democrats made a fatal error in trying to use the filibuster against Gorsuch. For one thing, Gorsuch was –as stated above–a “placeholder”. The balance of the Court did not change from what it was little over a year earlier when Scalia died.
This can’t be said enough. The Democrats hurt themselves immensely in concentrating what little ammunition they had against what was basically a “gimme”. They should have taken a bye on this one and kept the filibuster for the future, when Trump can nominate another conservative to replace Breyer or Ginsburg (who are both very aged and infirm). Then what are they going to do? The filibuster no longer exists and the sky did not fall.
So why did they do it? Now we come to the seventh reason: because the Democrats are prisoners of their insane wing. They felt they had to do it because the only energy in the left today is found in the precincts of unhinged maniacs like Michael Moore, Madonna and Chelsea Handler. Look, there’s no doubt in my mind that Chuck Schumer is anything but a sane man; I’m sure he didn’t want to filibuster Gorsuch. But his increasingly insane constituency left him no choice but to take the entire Democratic caucus with him over the ledge.
And this leads us to eighth benefit, which is the continuing public nervous breakdown that we are seeing in the Democrats. That speaks well for the electoral prospects of the Republicans for the foreseeable future. Moreover it’s very possible that the GOP has learned how to press its advantage on certain issues. I certainly hope that this will continue to be the case.
Now the only wild card is Trump. Will he remain true to his agenda or will he give in to the globalists? I’m very worried about what Thursday’s missile strike in Syria portends. If he does the latter, then all bets are off.
Time will tell. In the meantime, I’m enjoying this victory and trying not to think too much about Syria.