Thursday, November 03, 2005

Alito and Other Things

I've read almost all of the commentary at ConfirmThem and RealClearPolitics on this nominee, engaged in a series of dialogues with my friends, and I've come to a few conclusions.

First: We in the Conservative movement were right to take Miers down for minimal qualifications and cronyism concerns. A good dialogue within the party, even despite the sometimes acrid tendencies I saw at the very end of the Miers nomination, has allowed the Conservative movement to coalesce and truly show this administration our power.

Second: Many of us conservatives (I know, because I fall into this category occasionally) have let the failures that have been O'Connor, Kennedy, and Souter make us so paranoid that unless a nominee SCREAMS to Pat Leahy and Arlen Specter that he or she will personally overturn (and has wanted to do so since birth) Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, then our first reaction to a nominee is panic.

Third: Why on earth would Bush put up a nominee at this stage who he knows will strike down PBA or parental notification and uphhold Roe/Casey? Andy Card's power play in the Miers debacle brought out a groundswell of conservative activism that showed this movement's true power. Besides, I think it'd be fair to say that we saw the entire liberal base come out in force in the 2004 elections, and we beat them. Poll-wise, self-described conservatives significantly outnumber self-described liberals, and the abortion issue is more than 50/50 on our side now. A good national education campaign about what Roe really is, and on what doctrine it has been established would be most welcome.

Fourth: Ultimately, if we really want to get rid of abortion in this country, then reversing Roe only returns the issue to the states, and that is where we need to go after our fellow Americans' hearts and minds. Additionally, we Christians need to emphasize to our fellow churchgoers that this is not a morally neutral issue. Non-participation in government is ok, but personal belief that abortion is a good thing that can/should be used for pretty much anything other than saving the life of the mother is abhorrent. Many used to perform lobotomies on unintelligent or emotionally problematic children, but we now see this as a moral atrocity. I hope and pray abortion may someday be regarded as the travesty it is