By Dave Andrusko
Out in our neck of the woods—Northern Virginia—one of the premier preachers for years has been a delightful, gently provocative man by the name of Lon Solomon. In 2017, Pastor Solomon retired as lead pastor from his prestigious church after 37 years. He now leads a radio ministry that remains challenging and a must-listen-to on the way to your own church.
Why in the world, you might be asking yourself, do I mention him in a post where I am reflecting on the Supreme Court’s bone-headed decision in June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo? Simply because after presenting his expository message, he often (if not always) asked, “So what?”
What does all that he had discussed and analyzed and interpreted mean in the lives of his congregants? What difference did/does it make? What had they learned and how were their lives changed?
Let me offer a few “So whats” following the 5-4 decision in June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo.
#1. The irony is hard to miss. Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the decision for the four-member plurality but his name has been barely mentioned. All eyes were fixed on Chief Justice John Roberts whose concurring opinion provided the crucial 5th vote to gut Act 620.
I leave it to much closer and more astute Court watchers than I am to provide a motive. But the “So what” here is, at this stage, after 15 years as Chief Justice, Justice Roberts has sent unmistakable signals about his position on abortion.
#2. Both of President Trump’s appointments—Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh—dissented. As we discussed yesterday, Justice Gorsuch’s homage to judicial restraint; his wise counsel about the importance of honoring “rules” to “help keep us in our constitutionally assigned lane” should be on the desk of every judge and justice.
#3. Then-candidate Trump made many promises to the pro-life community. As President, he has done his level best to keep them all. None were more significant to single-issue pro-lifers than his commitment to appointing justices to the Supreme Court who (to borrow from Justice Gorsuch) feel honor bound to stay in their “constitutionally assigned lane” and who are faithful to ‘the business of saying what the law is, not what we wish it to be.”
If Joe Biden is the next President, the type of women and men he would nominate to the Supreme Court will be as far away from what we see in Gorsuch and Kavanaugh as the East is from the West.
#4. Especially those of us who’ve been around for decades, we’ve been here before. The difference is not in our dedication; that is unswerving. What separates today from 1992 and 2008 is not that the overwhelming bulk of the major media want Biden. They did likewise for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The difference is there is not a particle of a sense of obligation to fair play. They’ve hated Mr. Trump from Day One, and they will say and do and write and speak anything and everything to defeat him. Their assault is aided immeasurably by the COVID-19 pandemic.
#5. This morning a colleague posted on Facebook Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem, “If.” The opening stanza reads as follows:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
We will do what we can do—and far more in the 125 days leading up to the November 3 elections. That enormous capacity to face down seemingly unbeatable odds is the reason our Movement has grown in the face of opposition that would have pulverized less sturdy people.
But if, as campaigns almost always do, suddenly the race begins to tighten, the hysteria, the attempts at verbal intimidation, the lies will grow like topsy. If the contest that seemingly has the hapless Biden in the driver’s seat turns, then we will see pressure to back off like we have not witnessed in a long, long time.
I said a moment ago that your allegiance to the cause of unborn babies is unswerving. I should have said unswervable.
Nothing and no one will stop us from working day and night to prevent the victory of a man who would be the titular head of a party that has morphed into eager advocates of abortion through birth with infanticide an open question.
So what…are you going to do next to make sure that doesn’t happen?