John Médaille, who has taught at the staunchly conservative Catholic University of Dallas but who now routinely gets denounced as a “liberal Catholic” for not buying the MAGA bull, sees the shell game. It gets harder and harder to believe MAGA Catholics are blind to what he sees and easier and easier to believe they spend so much time burning up energy defending war on the Church and the least of these because that is what they want to defend, not the unborn. He writes:
Uncomfortable fact: Since Justice Kennedy was confirmed in 1988, the Supreme Court, when at full strength with nine justices, has always had a majority who were either (1) original dissenters from Roe (Rehnquist and White) or (2) appointed by a president who promised to appoint anti-abortion justices (O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh). The sole exceptions were the eight-member courts after Scalia died (2016) and Kennedy retired (2018). So why has nothing happened on this issue at the Court? I have yet to hear an answer to this question that will persuade me that appointing anti-Roe justices to the Court should be my primary voting criterion.
And he adds:
As I am writing, support for Amy Coney Barrett or Barbara Lagoa are being treated like litmus tests of Catholic orthodoxy in comboxes across right wing Catholic media. Conversely, left wing media is freaking out that The End of Roe is Nigh!!!!
For forty years, GOP appointees to the Court have been asked their view on Roe and for forty years they have said that it is settled law and they aren’t going to overturn it while larval MAGA “prolifers” have winked and nodded to each other that “They have to say that in order to get appointed, but we all know they are liars like us and they’ll strike it down, just you wait”.
Then, these GOP nominees get appointed and surprise! Roe stays in place and even gets more entrenched with Casey at precisely the moment the court is literally an 8-1 GOP majority with the one Dem being prolife.
And yet the MAGA “prolife” cult, being People of the Lie, go on lying to themselves that the outlawing of abortion is just around the corner. Most recently, both Trump appointees have declined–multiple times–to address Roe, but the Cult goes on lying to itself that Trump is the Most Prolife President Ever, even as he raises Planned Parenthood funding to record heights. This kabuki is about to play out again.
When it’s all over and if, God forbid, Trump is re-elected (or even if he’s not) what the MAGA “prolife” Cult will have to show for all their efforts will be an intact abortion regime and (by this time next year) more killed by Trump’s negligent homicide of Pandemic victims than all the dead of the Civil War.
The prolife movement has committed suicide for this crook. And for what? For what?
Many Catholics (and anti-Catholics) are freaking out over Amy Coney Barrett’s personal piety. I could not care less about it. What I care about is her views on the Constitution. She is leery of the 14th Amendment:
Her writings reflect an originalist approach to the Constitution. This means that she would seek to interpret the Constitution according to its “original public meaning” – which, in Barrett’s own words, arguably calls into question the constitutionality of the Fourteenth Amendment, the validity of Brown v. Bd. Of Ed., and the use of paper money. This approach could have serious implications for how Barrett, who served as a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, would rule in cases involving civil rights and reproductive rights, among other issues.
The Cult, being monomaniac heretics, Pavlovianly respond to the acoustic cue “abortion” and believe Salvation is here. Plus, she’s Catholic, so that means any doubts about her can only proceed from a corrupt babykilling heart of evil, such as my own.
But those of us living in reality understand that, particularly under the rule of this racist GOP cult of death, what is primarily threatened by this wack notion of the unconstitutionality of the 14th Amendment…
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
…is not Roe, but every brown person and immigrant the white supremacist nuts running the GOP want to walk over. It’s the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Affordable Care Act.
That’s not all the 14th says, but that’s the real reason Trump wants her, not abortion.
Right now, the MAGA “prolife” Cult is fully engaged in the attempt to defend ICE agents performing mass sterilizations on refugee women. They don’t give a fig for the sanctity of human life. They are about the exercise of raw nihilist, racist power by the GOP for its own ends. The unborn long ago ceased to be anything but human shields for that. It will be a Court that enables such raw authoritarian rule by a rich white racist minority, not a Court that has the slightest interest in abortion, that will be Trump’s sole focus. And the MAGA “prolife” People of the Lie will be fully committed to that even when that court fails to deliver for them for the umpteenth time.
In 2016, “prolife” MAGA cultists at least had the excuse of saying that Trump was untried, so what the hell? But four years later, they have no excuses left but are, if possible, even more committed to the embrace of evil for the sake of power. There is nothing left but to defeat them.
Vote Dem from President to dog catcher this year. Do it early and make sure your vote is counted by delivering it directly to wherever your community collects ballots.