Is Kavanaugh Keeping a Promise to Pro-Choice Susan Collins?

By John Zmirak Published on December 11, 2018

It’s not time to panic. But yes, we ought to worry. Two Supreme Court appointees from the Bush wing of the GOP, John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, just blocked the Court from permitting states to defund Planned Parenthood. Clarence Thomas (a Bush I appointee, to be fair) wrote a scathing dissent, hinting that his colleagues are running interference for that evil organization. The status quo leaves voters unable to decide how their own state governments spend their money. It also keeps hundreds of millions in the coffers of a group founded on eugenics that still targets the poor.

So we find ourselves wondering: When Kavanaugh met with pro-choice Republican Senator Susan Collins, was she the one who got snookered? Or was it … all of us? The pro-life groups like Susan B. Anthony List, the pastors like Jerry Falwell, Jr., the voters like you and me. …

You see it around the world: Populist, conservative causes win at the voting booth. But somehow, their policies always get blocked by entrenched elites. British voters asked for Brexit. Their Prime Minister offers them … serfdom, second-class status in the EU with all the costs and none of the clout. She shrugs that it’s the best deal available. Everyone knows she’s lying, but populists are amateurs at grabbing and holding power, and they’re playing against the experts. And each time Charlie Brown gets really close to the football, whoosh! They sweep it away and sneer.

Two years of GOP control of both houses of Congress, and we saw zero progress on the issue that got Trump elected, immigration. Oh yes, and not one penny got stripped from Planned Parenthood’s budget.

Donald Trump gets elected. The Democrats ramp up a campaign of civic sabotage, trying to imprison half the members of his campaign on trumped-up charges. Meanwhile, the GOP operatives surrounding the President fill his staff with … Jeb Bush supporters and even vocal Never-Trumpers. Two years of GOP control of both houses of Congress, and we saw zero progress on the issue that got Trump elected, immigration. Oh yes, and not one penny got stripped from Planned Parenthood’s budget. Promises … schlepped, tossed down some damp back stairs, and quite forgotten. Like the voters who turned out (just barely enough) to stop Hillary Clinton. Can we count on them two years from now? Or will they just shrug and decide that the game is rigged?

The GOP Deep State

There’s a Deep State inside the GOP. And it has its own notion of patriotism, its custom-tailored vision of the Common Good. I learned that living in New York City during the days of David Dinkins. Back in my home town the Democrats went full-on crazy a long time ago. The explosion of socialism, open-borders mania, and inquisitorial “wokeness” that’s now running that party? We’ve faced that since the 1970s. And it had some healthy effects. There was no sane center-left in the Democratic party. Voters faced a stark choice at the polls between:

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Democrats (cross-endorsed by the Liberal Party) whose policies would leave the subways and streets too dangerous to use, inflated welfare spending and ever higher taxes, with squeegee men harassing motorists, and abortionists prowling dumbed-down and dangerous public schools. … And:

Republicans (cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Right-to-Life parties), who opposed all these things. Who drew on the votes of working class Catholics in the outer boroughs (such as Queens, where I come from).

The left was so implacable, you faced a package deal. If you wanted the city to fund abortions, you also had to accept the felons urinating all over the subway platform. If you wanted to be safe getting to and from your job, you had to accept some version of social conservatism.

At Least the Stakes Were Clear

This stark choice had merit. It was honest about the nature of things. In the long run, if you accept the chaos and cruelty of the sexual revolution, you will have broken families. Hence crime in the streets. If you buy into broken borders, you will have a nation of splintered and angry tribes, demanding government money and racist quotas. If you think government tinkering can replace individual virtue (imposed by grim necessity), you will end up with a land full of sullen, servile subjects. And if you insist on repeating happy lies about Islam as a “religion of peace,” you will end up with thousands of terrorists and sharia activists in your cities.

If you accept the chaos and cruelty of the sexual revolution, you will have broken families. Hence crime in the streets.

But then some elite New Yorkers conferred and found a solution. “Centrist” Republicans! In mayors Rudolph Giuliani then Michael Bloomberg they located the “sweet spot.”

That’s where you put just enough of a Band-Aid on violence and dysfunction, that you can ignore its causes. You don’t give tax credits for Catholic schools. But you do fire the worst teachers inside the public ones. Maybe squeeze their unions a bit. You zone out the sex shops, so people have to find their porn online. (Of course, you do nothing to regulate that.) You keep on funding abortion, but you bust more of the kids who emerge from broken homes. And you keep order in the streets, to mask the howling chaos that’s taking over the homes. You imagine that you can let in just enough unskilled workers to keep wages low (and your stock prices high) without electing Democrats … at least, during your lifetime.

Would You Rather Be Slow-Cooked or Microwaved?

That’s the brand of Republican who has dominated the party since the end of the Reagan Administration. Year in, year out, Trump and NeverTrump. And now it appears it’s the kind of Republican we’re getting on the Court. The “sweet spot” elitists of the GOP Deep State count on us settling for it. And still turning out to vote because … well the Democrats are even worse, aren’t they?

In the long run, of course, there’s really no difference between getting boiled slowly or zapped in the microwave.  

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  • Jackie

    Just when I thought I’d seen it all! This is like a nightmare where you can’t wake up. And no one else is awake.
    Even in the Supreme Court of Justice, of all places, a “Baby” has no voice. God Help us!
    The truth is, this is just the beginning of the downward spiral for the USA.
    Pray for Mercy.

  • Fabricante

    Would it be possible he is simply waiting for bigger fish? To be honest I would rather not have an outcome where a Simcha Fisher post is justified, and I can not leave success to my children because I had to pay instead for a steak dinner from my own toil. We have to be crafty about this no end it or done and we stop fighting. That won’t work you save the little ones as you can. Our fervent March For Life has to be for every little win and not end because every single one can’t be saved.

  • Why label Kavanaugh as “from the Bush wing of the GOP” and not admit he was a Trump appointee in this case? If he takes a pro-life stance is he a Trump success, and if he takes a pro-choice stance he’s a Bush failure?

    • Zmirak

      No, I was blaming Trump for choosing someone from the Bush wing. He didn’t HAVE to.

      • And yet he did. There goes one of the #1 reasons given to us why putting a person of questionable character into our nation’s highest office was supposedly worth it. Trump was supposed to be the uncompromising difference maker. And yet all still looks very much the same (if not worse).

        • childofjehovah

          Franklin Graham seems to disagree with you and I quote ““No President in my lifetime has defended the Christian Faith like Donald Trump.”

        • fxsu

          honestlythnking important

      • childofjehovah

        he was the best we could get through. you saw what the left did to kavanaugh. we need way more senators to get an amy barret cohen through. Trump made the right call in this case, based on the climate and makeup of the senate

        • Zmirak

          Leave the seat open if need be till you have a better Senate. SCOTUS is the whole ball of wax now, alas. It has arrogated just that much power.

          • childofjehovah

            and if we lost the senate which is precedent then we are borked…..hind site being 20 20 yes now we try and ram amy though with 54 senators, however at the time, most presidents loose both the house and senate after the first 2 years. kavanaugh was a safe choice,

          • Zmirak

            NOT IF HE’S AN UNSURE VOTE ON ROE. That DEFINES “unsafe.”

          • childofjehovah

            we don’t know how he would vote on roe. I agree roe is the top most important issue. However its not the only issue the progressive humanist are trying to use to destroy us. How will he rule on gay marriage, how will he rule on the transgender crisis. how will he rule on immigration. Either he is the slickest most deppest Manchurian candidate we have ever seen, LITERALLY ruling conservative for his entire judicial career just so he could get confirmed to the supreme court and flip. that’s nuts. More then likely he will follow he judicial pattern he has already set and be a pretty good judge. we need to be a bit pragmatic about this

          • childofjehovah

            see below

      • Personally, I’m still pulling for Amy…

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Sure, these decisions regarding PP are problematic. Still too early to tell ( as Mr Z implied ) if this is going to be a precedent setting pattern from this latest Justice.
    So yeah, seems that objectivity among the highest court of the land is still a much to be desired commodity.
    Not a whole lot unlike the rest of that spool of thread from which the fabric of this nations political partisanship is woven .
    As long as entities such as PP are sponsored by the political powers that be it will be a fabric not fit for anyone but the most comprised among us ….

  • Nick Stuart

    The ratchet only turns leftward in the Culture War.
    Christians need to realize that we’ve lost the Culture War. Barring Divine intervention things are not going to turn around.

    • Irene Neuner

      Absolutely barring divine intervention and we need to pray. At least for abortion to end.

  • 8675310

    The other aspect that Thomas addressed was the fact that different circuits have ruled opposite each other. That requires a decision by the SCOTUS. They are the only ones who can settle this conflict. For that reason, this was a blatently political decision. Keep in mind that Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy. Kennedy believed that his opinions superseded the Constitution. Roberts is the same. These two have set themselves up to be the power duo in the Court. They will decide ALL close cases.

    • Zmirak

      Absolutely right.

  • Jim Walker

    Soon you will hear the Dems singing praises about him, just like Comey.

  • fderf

    Judge Andrew Napolitano stated from the beginning that Judge Kavanaugh was a poor choice to serve on the Supreme Court, being the swamp’s own. According to Napolitano, Kennedy recommended Kavanaugh when he met with the president in the Oval Office. This news was no surprise to me. Still, a disappointment.

  • pseudo-intellectual

    It won’t be enough to keep the Demos from coming after him, beginning next year- more hearings, at a minimum.

    • John3in1

      Not if this keeps up. I wonder if Ms.Blasey Ford’s memory will suddenly change its tune.

  • NewWest 123

    The Supreme Court should not be in the business of fixing what the idiots in congress should be doing.!

  • M_Minnesota

    Zmirak has brilliantly laid out the future nightmare experienced by John Adams who said. “This Constitution has been written for a moral and religious people it will not work with any other.”

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