If you want a good indication that conservatives are, at long last, scoring a few actual victories these days, look at the apoplexy it’s causing those on the left.
A prime example is a piece written by Jill Lawrence, a former editor at USA Today, which posted on July 4 on MSNBC and carried the scary title: “Seeing the erosion of our freedoms makes it hard to celebrate this Fourth of July.” It is a remarkable display of fearmongering, incoherence, and illogic.
“The Supreme Court, conservative governors and gerrymandered state legislatures are racing to shrink fundamental rights and freedoms,” Lawrence writes. “The result is that tens of millions of Americans are being deprived of rights that other Americans have. The scale of the disparity is frightening and growing.”
Ok. So, how about some examples?
Well, the “marquee setback,” according to Lawrence, was the Dobbs ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
But wait, that ruling actually restored a right — the right of the people to decide through democratic means how the lives of unborn children should be treated. It also upheld several of the founding principles Lawrence claims are being attacked, such as the “right to life,” and “equal protection” — unless, of course, you assume that the unborn have no such rights.
Never mind that. To Lawrence, abortion is “a right so significant it was until recently a constitutional right.”
Really? This right is “so significant” that it wasn’t discovered (or, more accurately, invented) until 186 years after the Constitution was ratified?
Lawrence cites other examples of threats to what she describes as “America’s most sacred promises”:
- The Supreme Court’s ruling that a web designer can’t be forced to create products that violate the basic tenets of her faith.
- The Court’s decision banning the use of race in college admissions.
- The fact that some states are restricting puberty blockers and sterilization procedures for gender-confused children, removing pornography from public school libraries, and forbidding teachers from “transitioning” children behind their parents’ backs.
And here we thought that religious liberty, equal protection, and parental rights were among America’s “most sacred promises.”
To make her case even less coherent, Lawrence also complains that the Supreme Court is doing too much to protect a constitutional right that actually is written into the document — the right to keep and bear arms — and that “states are racing to loosen gun laws.”
Nationwide gun bans are needed, she says, because “lives should not be more expendable in one state or region of these United States than in another.” (Never mind that gun ownership and murder rates don’t correlate, or that 27 of the 30 cities in the U.S. with the highest per-capita murder rates are run by liberal Democrats.)
What really upsets Lawrence and her ilk isn’t that conservatives are taking away rights. It’s that they are restoring rights. That’s why their solution to all these supposed problems is more centralized control of our lives. They want the federal government to legalize abortion, ban guns, run state elections, and jettison the Electoral College.
In fact, Lawrence and company would love nothing more than to do away with the sovereignty of states altogether because, as she puts it, “we should stop pretending that we are 50 walled-off states.”
Upending the entire U.S. constitutional order to impose a leftist vision on America? Now that is truly frightening. And if this totalitarian vision ever did come about, there would be no reason to celebrate the Fourth of July ever again.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board