The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers when there is a flood,
and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
From the chair – In the movie The Devil’s Advocate the parade of characters working for the bad guy (Al Pacino) are generally positive, attractive and friendly. The only time you see their darker side is when they (1) let down their guard (2) occasionally get afraid or (3) every time they get angry. In the coming weeks you and I are going to see a lot of angry faces.
The President’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a next to ideal choice. He’s a gentleman of faith, family and community. He’s sharp as a tack and his legal pedigree checks more boxes than than a long-form census survey. He’s personable, articulate, deliberate and value driven. Most importantly of all – for conservative thinkers – he’s a rule of law; don’t legislate from the bench; and do uphold the Constitution kind of guy. He has his detractors on the right – but not many and not about much.
Nonetheless, his nomination has produced a Stage 3 reaction in the left – and the faces we’re seeing are not pretty.
That the liberal-progressive-socialist political bloc would react negatively to the President’s choice comes as no surprise. In one year, Donald Trump’s amazingly cogent conservatism has dumped a monsoon of rain on the left’s party. A potentially decades long 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court has the aggravating potential to turn the left’s disappointment clouds into a flood of despair. That said – like C.S. Lewis’s Satanic disciples in the Screwtape Letters – the boys and girls on the left are not going down easy.
Remember the Women’s March? Yes, the one put together by community organizers who thought profanity, anger and knitted pink vagina hats would be solid paths to social equality. These ladies were so upset about the pending SCOTUS decision they drafted a press release before the appointment was made. Someone leaked it and the funny part was the xxxxxx in the blanks where the nominees name was to be placed. It turns out the Women’s March organizers were planning to say the same thing no matter who the nominee turned out to be.
The echoes coming from Brand-X have been catastrophic in their predictive emphasis. That, too, comes as no surprise. This tactic comes right out of the left’s not-so-secret win-at-any-cost handbook. Not seen one? Well here’s a quick refresher on their top-ten “best practice” list for undoing America’s success equation –
1) Attack the conservative opposition’s person-hood when you can’t legitimately attack their ideas.
2) Give your agenda a cute name and the opposition’s thinking a bad one. Example – Gay Friendly vs. Homophobic.
3) Never count beyond two – our approach is good and theirs is bad. There is no third option or middle ground.
4) Remember that our good intentions justifies any means – including bad ones.
5) Never attack your own – even when they do bad. Always attack conservatives – even when they do good.
6) The mission is to encourage people to feel and react – not to think – thinking is not conducive to loyalty.
7) The most important emotion to feed is anger. Anger is addictive. Angry people thus become liberal acolytes.
8) The second most important emotion is fear. Fear is also addictive. We sell liberalism as the antidote.
9) Relentlessly discourage responsibility. Accountability breeds independence. We seek conformity.
10) The promise of something for nothing is our path to power – share that promise promiscuously.
Consider cutting out this list and placing a copy by your recliner. When you’re watching TV, browsing Facebook or reading the paper – have fun picking out which strategy Brand-X talking heads are using to denigrate the nominee. Then remember there’s a decided difference in decibels and debate; drama and discussion; and dogma and dedication.
The left is going to crank up the noise for much the same reason the home team crowd yells to drown out the opposition’s quarterback calls. It might work occasionally – but it will never defeat competency.
Our President has made a great call. Now it’s up to Mitch McConnell to pull it off. Isn’t that an interesting development.
Conservatives should count their blessings on that last little detail. Mitch McConnell achieved a courageous feat in postponing a vote on a new SCOTUS appointee until Obama left office. That one action – resulting in the appointment of Justice Gorsuch – secured a conservative footprint that will have profound impacts. Added to that accomplishment is another impressive stat. Senator McConnell is 21 for 21 in confirming President Trump’s federal appeals court nominees. No matter one’s personal reaction to this gentleman, in terms of securing the SCOTUS nominee, we have the right guy in the right place at the right time.
You may have heard this old attorney joke – “If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the facts aren’t on your side, pound on the table.” The liberal-progressive-socialist movement (our Brand-X opposition) has added “make mean faces” to pounding on their table.
As things progress for our Republican team – Trump – McConnell – Kavanaugh – listen less to the words coming from the left than the looks on their faces. Hatred is rarely attached to good things.
The SCOTUS tug-of-war has begun – it’s not going to be pretty. Aren’t you glad you’re on the right side?
“…The “democratic spirit”… [or the campaign to make everyone the same] leads to a nation without great men,
a nation mainly of sub-literates, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance,
and quick to snarl or whimper at the first hint of criticism.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters