Personally, I applaud the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. However, I do NOT commend or applaud the Legislative decision and process that brought him to his seat on the Supreme Court.
We in the conservative ranks may feel as if we have won that “battle.” But I worry now about the long-term “war.” We would do well to remember that there was much wisdom in the crafting of the Constitution and the formal rules that governed much of the decision-making in our nation for generations. Deliberation and disagreement in politics is NOT the enemy. Rather, it is our best friend in the fight for freedom. Our Founders went to great lengths to protect the minority opinion from what they called the “tyranny of the majority.”
On Friday, the Senate leadership willingly chose to make 50%+1 the law of the land for Supreme Court appointments. Now, in this instance, what matters not is who started this whole process. (Some would say Harry Reid as it relates to this specific case. But this partisan polarization has gone back for decades and there is sufficient guilt on both sides of the aisle.) Casting blame and pointing fingers may temporarily assuage the soul, but Friday’s choice to go “nuclear” will come back to bite the conservative cause in the end. The day will come when we will once again find ourselves in the minority. Honestly, it might be as soon as 2018. And now, when that hour arises, there will be no mechanism left to temper the passions of truly liberal or even progressive agendas. In our zeal to push forward our own ideology we may well have hurt OURSELVES the most in the long run. I hope that is not the case. I pray that is not the case. But if such a time comes, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. The honest truth is that when we fail to protect the freedom and liberty of ALL, especially those with whom we disagree, we ultimately and eventually forfeit our own freedoms. #WeThePeople