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Were Justice Scalia to have died earlier, our case for having the next president select the his replacement would have been much more difficult; the longer the seat remains vacant, the more time the Left has to use its influence and muscle to pressure the Senate to do its bidding. But were he to have died later, our case would have been strengthened; the shorter the length of the vacancy, the more plausible our arguments in favor of waiting would appear to the general public.
Regardless, he was taken from us when he was taken. We have a winnable fight on our hands, but it will still be a fight. The obstacles in our path are formidable, but not insurmountable. With conviction, shrewdness, and fortitude, we can win this battle; without them, the last fragile barrier shielding us from despotism may well disintegrate before us.
Thus, I can’t help but suspect that the Almighty called His servant home when He did to see if we have the strength and conviction to preserve what remains of our republic. For our leaders in Washington who always seem content to postpone the battle until some magical future day, the fight is now and we must fight hard now.
The only substantive question regarding Obama’s pick is whether it will be used to show us as racist, sexist, Islamophobic, or hateful and unreasonable in some other way. The president’s strategy may consist of an aggressive full-frontal assault or clever behind-the-scenes political maneuvers and deals, but he will undoubtedly exploit it to maximum political advantage. And even if we succeed in blocking the nominee, he will do everything in his power to leave us so wounded that we’ve no hope of winning the presidency or even holding the Senate.
So, our test is not only holding firm on the nomination, but convincing the American people we’re right to do so. Bush held firm and won in Iraq but, domestically, he failed so horribly that we lost Congress in 2006 and the presidency two years later, while the “Bush lied, people died” caught on such that it even carries weight in Republican debates. Such could be the damage inflicted if we hold firm on the nomination but let the Democrats wreck us for it.
Will Democrats be called to account for their allies’ dancing on Scalia’s grave and hoping Justice Thomas follows him, or will we be content to let the media distance mainstream Democrats from their extremist allies in ways Republicans are never permitted? Will those that defile the Constitution at every opportunity get away with accusing us of shirking our Constitutional responsibilities, or will we attack unconstitutional Democratic power-lust with righteous fury? Will Sen. Lindsey Graham be threatened with Cruz-like ostracism in the Senate if he eagerly expresses his desire to “work with Democrats” on the nomination, or will we let the media leverage him against his party as a supposed Republican “voice of reason?” Will non-hyphenated Americans find themselves as inspired by Republican adherence to principle as racially-obsessed Democrats are inspired by Obama’s power grabs, or will our milquetoast retorts to Leftist accusations convince even more conservatives that the GOP is useless, weak, and uninspiring? Will the disaffected right find new reason to support a vigorous and newly-energized Republican Party, or will they continue to drift into the arms of the militant and unprincipled?
Yes, it’s important to ensure that the next president appoint Scalia’s replacement and a necessary first step, but if the next president is Clinton or Sanders, what good does it do? No victory, whether military, legislative, or judicial can hold for long if we don’t bring the American people along with us.
Unfortunately, I’ve lost faith in our ability to do that.
Fortunately, my opinion on the matter isn’t what counts. What counts is that both the conservative public and conservative “leaders” hold firm and fight in ways we rarely do: not only to win the immediate fight before us, but also so that we set ourselves up to win the public relations battle before us.
This is a test, but not only a test. This is perhaps our final chance to demonstrate to ourselves, the America public, and our opponents that the battle for our great Republic is not yet over, to prove to the Almighty that we see the noble principle of His word as a cause worthy of eternal vigilance and devotion instead of an excuse to disguise cowardice as virtue.
This is our moment. God help us if we let it pass us by, if we underestimate the forces arrayed against us, if we fail to exert the requisite tenacity in either the nomination fight or concurrent public relations battle.
Then again, if we seize this as an opportunity, if we treat this with the urgency it requires, if we actually fight to win, if we dedicate ourselves to our Truth and Constitution, if we prove ourselves deserving of our inheritance, perhaps God will help us then as well.