On Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned the terrible mistake which was Roe v. Wade and its idiot stepchild, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, in a decision of 6-3. By doing this, it took away from our country the shame it's borne for the past 50 years, as 60 million babies were killed mostly due to convenience.
The credit for this decision is due to two individuals: Mitch McConnell and President Trump. McConnell was a hero in securing the seat of the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Scalia. President Trump took on the three nominations that were made available to him from conservative, textualist candidates. And McConnell was up to the challenge of ensuring the nomination of two candidates who were a challenge, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Kavanaugh is, of course, the target of a well-funded, coordinated attack founded on the debunked “testimony” of what can be described as an ignorant insufferable nutter. Barrett confirmed the allegations as the 2020 election was looming the possibility of opening McConnell to allegations of hypocrisy in her appointment just prior to an election.
I'll be the first person to declare that I wasn't an avid Donald Trump fan. If you've read my blog posts between 2015 and 2016 I think it's fair to affirm that I was anti-Trump up until when Trump was chosen for the presidency. I wrote about Hillary's weaknesses and not on Trump's virtues during the presidential campaign. I'm not sure if I could be considered as a Trump person in the present. The reasons behind the above could make for an interesting post…or not. Whatever the case certain things were clear regarding Trump as a presidential candidate and president.
He was the first to admit that he didn't have any strong political views. A number of people, including a former writer at RedState was able to receive what appeared to be sexual satisfaction by calling Trump a “New York liberal.” However, as a salesman, he understood the things that mattered to people who supported Trump. Even to this day I'm not entirely certain of what Trump believes; however, I'm certain that it does not matter.
The second reason is that he didn't treat Americans in “fly over country” with disdain. I believe Trump has a connection to moderate Americans in a manner that nobody has since Ronald Reagan because he wasn't laughing at us in front of his rich liberal friends at cocktail gatherings.
Thirdly, in my own words, as I told my old man, “Ya dance with them what brung ya.” After Trump was inaugurated as president, he was faced with a decision to make. He could remain loyal to those who voted him in or give in to the whims of Washington's social scene. In a single act of political courage he chose to remain loyal to his supporters.
One of the signs of loyalty was Trump's explicit support for his Pro-Life Movement. I'm not certain that Trump has ever spent more than 10 minutes thinking about the subject of abortion. In his personal life and his style of living I wouldn't be shocked to discover that he did not have a personal issue with this dreadful method of abortion. In contrast to the president George W. Bush, whom I loved, Trump was not ashamed of us. Trump was the very first President to make a personal appearance during the March for Life rally since it was first introduced in 1974. There was no sign-up for Reagan or Bush who both boasted about being pro-life, have ever attended, however one New York City playboy cared enough to attend. When it was time to pick justices, Trump gave three nominees whose track records suggested they were pro-life as well as conservative.
Unexpectedly, those who made a profession in the name of “Never Trump” are trying to change the history of the past to claim credit for events that occurred regardless of their efforts. One of these articles comes from Kevin Williamson at the National Review. Williamson states that this is Not Trump's Victory. Who then deserved to be credited? Why, all the RightKindofPeople(tm) who denigrated Trump and his supporters.
Ask yourself: Is hoping to be a lottery winner a good method to plan your retirement?
Answer: Don't be a Goddamned Jackass. Absolutely not.
An unlikely or lucky result, no matter how satisfying it may be at the moment, doesn't retroactively reward reckless and unwise choices. It's true that something stupid happened to happen in a good manner doesn't mean the reasoning behind the decision was not irrational and stupid.
SPOILER ALERT: If you aren't sure yet, you, my dear friend, are the one who is a jackass.
The notions that depict Trump as a snob and his supporters as badly educated yokels, as well as images of monkeys, are commonplace with the writer. About two years ago, one of my friends, Mike Ford, took issue when Williams unintentionally insulted Trump and his family and anyone who supported Trump (see opinion: Great Move NRO; insult 75 million Americans). Williamson came back with a rant titled Rage-Monkeys' Gonna Rage In which he referred to Mike as a West Point graduate, honor graduates of Ranger School, holder of master's degrees, an honorably decorated veteran of combat, as well as retired infantry colonel-“[s]ome ignorant jabroni at.”
It was the movement in conservatism, the establishments dubbed “Conservative Inc. ” by the rage-monkeys on Twitter as well as talk radio, which prevented Trump's presidency from becoming an unforgiving disaster for the Right. Trump signed Paul Ryan's tax law as well as the club for growth's deregulation agenda, appointed two National Review editors for economic-policy guidance (he ought to have listened more to them more than they did) and, most importantly, delegated his decisions on judicial appointments over to the Federalist Society — because the president didn't really have the option of making a decision in terms of reality. It is impossible to run as an official Republican Presidential candidate without supporting or at the very least indicating that you support a unique approach to the federal judiciary.
This is the place where you can observe the effectiveness of the long-term initiatives from the left-wing conservatives. Trump was not able to discover Amy Coney Barrett on The Apprentice. You can thank the Federalist Society and the broader conservative movement for being grateful for the lack of Omarosa Manigault Newman nomination for the Supreme Court — or, God help us, a Maryanne Barry nomination for President Trump.
An opportunity to pause for a quick fact check. The famous list of possible Supreme Court nominees were developed within the Trump White House by a team headed by Don McGahn. The Federalist Society executive vice president Leonard Leo was an adviser. The decisions were not in any way “delegated.” In fact, the group was Conservative, Inc. insiders who yelled as loudly in the same way as the Washington Post editorial board about how the justices proposed would be a threat to moderate voters.
It's all nice and well, however, are you aware of what Conservative, Inc. couldn't accomplish? Win a single freakin election. Conservative, Inc. gave us John McCain and Mitt Romney. Conservative, Inc. tried to convince us of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Conservative, Inc. sent the manufacturing to China and did not care over illegal migration or abuse of H1B since their jobs weren't in danger. Conservative, Inc. actively sought to ensure the victory for Hillary Clinton because they couldn't resist the idea of a vulgar, new, wealthy real estate salesman of the Outer Boroughs who adored his well-cooked steak with catsup as president, regardless of the cost to our country of a Clinton presidency.
The person who wrote the Dobbs' decision was chosen by George W. Bush, not by Donald Trump. The most significant originalist in the Court, Clarence Thomas, was appointed by George H. W. Bush. Donald Trump is not a pioneering champion of constitutional rights, but he is just a person who was spotted out in front of a parade , and pretended to be the leader of it.
Certainly, George W. Bush provided us with Samuel Alito. But do you know the other names we got from him? John Roberts. Roberts is the person whose opinion in Dobbs gives a majority opinion that says all three Trump-appointed justices were totally mistaken in making their choice. In a bizarre way, we're lucky to have John Roberts. We avoided much worse things because Bush could not locate enough senators who were inbred to slap Harriet Miers off on us. I'm in agreement with you that Clarence Thomas is a treasure. Do you know who the other person is, George H. W. Bush was able to place on the bench? David Souter. Souter is the one who wrote his opinion on Casey which sought to forever make abortion a Constitutional right. He was a majority vote of the Lawrence vs. Texas decision that changed “slouching towards Gomorrah” posture to a Usain Bolt-style sprint that set us on the path to codify a simulacrum of a low-cost version of marriage in an official law for the country.
Do I feel happy to have Roe gone? Absolutely. Do I believe Trump's role could have been done by a trained monkey? Absolutely.
If you believe that a “reasonably well-trained monkey” can be elected president I'm not sure what that says about an organization that is often discredited in the polls. I'm not certain what this suggests about the competence of the Bush administration. Maybe we'd be better off with a few of these simians back when they made the “read my lips, no new taxes” promise was signed, and we determined that our goal in Afghanistan was to create schools for girls.
Some final thoughts.
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was famous for his quote, “Winning isn't everything, but it's what you need to do. In business there's no second place. You're either last or first.” That's more so in the realm of politics than in football. The only thing that matters is winning. Winning ugly is the same as being able to win with elegance and skill. A single vote won is the same as winning with the landslide. It's not a “It's how you play the game” game. If you fail to succeed, your beliefs and concepts could go f…I mean, hang their heads. Conservative, Inc. doesn't work like that. They would like to be recognized as smart and shrewd. They don't really care if they lose or win because the cable news think tank commentator and political journalism jobs are always available. According to the slogan on the t-shirt “First prize is all marbles; second prize-a knife set.” It's your choice.
All the major thoughts of Conservative, Inc. are similar to “The Road Song of the Bandar Log.”
Similar to the subject of Hotspur's ridicule within Shakespeare's Henry IV (“but for these gunshots, he'd be an army Soldier”), Conservative Inc. could be soldiers in the absence of having to do anything else but speak.
The Gospel of Matthew (21:28-32) contains the Parable of the Two Sons. The story tells how the father requests his two sons to work on the vineyard. One son tells his father “no,” but then is willing to change his mind and go to work. The other says to his father “yes,” and doesn't leave. The question is: who did the father's wishes? I'm not trying to present an argument on theology to defend Trump or any other candidate; I'm just making use of this widely-known (at least, I believe) Bible reading as a starting point to draw a parallel. Trump has lived his entire life not giving much thought about governance. But when he became president, he was more prudent than any president of the last 20 years. Not just on life, but also on the economy, stifling Iran in the Abraham Accords, and, I'd say, bribing the freeloaders of NATO to begin to fulfill their obligations. In all, he was able to say “no” at first but ended up having to do the hard job on the vine.
On the contrary we also had “conservatives” who were elected with the intention of defending the right to life. When it came to the nut-cutting moment they still voted to provide funding to Planned Parenthood, ignore the Pro-Life Movement outside of election year photo-ops, and appointed judges that, to the present, advocate for abortion, and whatever else the administration wants. They were the people who decided to say “yes,” and decided they like being invited to cool parties, and maybe even leaving the ghettos of conservative pundits rather than fighting for their causes. Who was most conservative?
Donald Trump won in 2016. He was elected because he loves winning and because he understands that in the event that you're not a winner, you're the other thing…that is a loser.
In the wake of his victory, which the majority of Never Trumpers aren't fully recovered from, he was able to nominate three justices to the Supreme Court. Yes, President Trump was able to have advisors who agreed with and reviewed the recommendations from the Federalist Society. These recommendations, however, are not worth anything unless you win. I'd like to add it is true that George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush also received advice from the Federalist Society; that advice led to the person who wrote Casey and the fake-concurrence in Dobbs.
There's a place in the conservative camp for those who think and people who do. The only thing there isn't room for is those who struggled with a vengeance to keep abortion legal, by supporting Clinton…and Joe Biden…and then declare their victory as a Dobbs triumph for them and other travellers because they had brilliant ideas and wrote excellent writings.