“Roe v Wade” aborted civility in the US Senate
My guess is that every Democrat knows what the fight against Judge Gorsuch is all about. They know but can’t admit publicly. It’s all about “Roe v Wade”, the most poisonous and destructive opinion ever written by a modern Supreme Court.
Let me share what David Brooks wrote in 2005, when President Bush appointed Judge Alito and we saw a similar spectacle:
“Justice Harry Blackmun did more inadvertent damage to our democracy than any other 20th-century American.
When he and his Supreme Court colleagues issued the Roe v. Wade decision, they set off a cycle of political viciousness and counter-viciousness that has poisoned public life ever since, and now threatens to destroy the Senate as we know it.
When Blackmun wrote the Roe decision, it took the abortion issue out of the legislatures and put it into the courts.
If it had remained in the legislatures, we would have seen a series of state-by-state compromises reflecting the views of the centrist majority that’s always existed on this issue.
These legislative compromises wouldn’t have pleased everyone, but would have been regarded as legitimate.
Instead, Blackmun and his concurring colleagues invented a right to abortion, and imposed a solution more extreme than the policies of just about any other comparable nation.
And here we are. We watch US Senators ask stupid questions about opinions written years ago. The Democrats look for ways of asking the same thing: Are you going to overturn “Roe v Wade”?
Want to bring civility and decency back to the Senate? Pray that a future Justice Gorsuch and 4 of his colleagues overturn “Roe v Wade” and send it back to the states.
It won’t please everyone but at least we won’t have to watch future judicial nominations go through this circus.