The New Heroes of Ricochet

 

I don’t follow politics so I can watch liberals cry. My goal when arguing with my leftist friends is not to make them secrete so many tears that I can comfortably wallow in a pool of progressive lamentations. However, I must admit, upon hearing about the retirement of Justice Kennedy, I did take a trip over to the usual suspects (Vox, Slate, ThinkProgress, Salon) just to see how lachrymose they would become. I did not expect to stay… I didn’t plan to gloat… but despite my intentions, I found myself staying to take a nice long shower in the torrent of liberal tears, I showered for longer than 20 minutes just to stick it to the California water police.

While there, I was a little surprised to learn that Justice Kennedy is no longer the Number One GRH (Gay Rights Hero). Merely by deciding at the age of 81 to retire, he has forfeited any and all plaudits for rulings he made previously. By leaving the national stage a lifetime of work was washed down the drain, along with those tears.

The severity of denunciations from the likes of Slate and ThinkProgress seemed a bit excessive. Surely the left would not set aside the legacy of one the great American romantic poets of our time. “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life,” Kennedy wrote in Casey v. Planned Parenthood. Or his prose, which rivals even Shakespeare’s most tender sonnet: “Marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions” from Obergefell v. Hodges. The more I read in the journals of liberal opinion, the more resolute the leftist writers were in their condemnation.

If this was to be the case, I decided to do a little thought experiment. If Kennedy was no longer a hero of the left then what was he? Merely the philosophically bewildered justice who relished being the deciding swing vote on the Roberts court? The vituperation being directed at Kennedy used language usually reserved only for he of an orange hue. No, he was not looked on as middle of the road by the left. According to the left, he had magically become a conservative overnight. Not just any conservative, but one of the right’s greatest heroes solely by departing the Supreme Court and giving Republicans the chance to tilt it decidedly conservative for the first time since the Roosevelt administration.

Since Kennedy had apparently surpassed even Reagan in conservative hearts by giving Trump and McConnell a chance to swing the court to the originalists, I decided to reevaluate other Americans who would be my newfound heroes. Who else would turn out to be an neglected comrade in arms in suppressing the noxious theory of a living Constitution?

Upon reflection, I realized that I had put the wrong people on a conservative pedestal all my life. No more Lincoln, no more Coolidge, no more Thatcher or Reagan. Have not Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden, through their duplicitous treatment of Robert Bork, done more to encourage originalism than anyone else? Harry Reid surely paved the way for the speedy confirmation of more conservative justices than ever before with his imperious destruction of the filibuster.

I must thank Slate for peeling the scales from my eyes so that I could recognize the actual greatest conservative heroes of the age. I propose, therefore, that it would only be right and proper to rename the Ricochet Member levels Kennedy, Biden, Reid, and Kennedy to appropriately appreciate their furthering the conservative movement.

There are 10 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    I had expected them to demand that Trump replace Kennedy with a similar moderate.  But if he’s a hateful conservative, then by all means Trump should replace Kennedy with a hateful conservative. 

    • #1
  2. Paul Erickson Inactive
    Paul Erickson
    @PaulErickson

    Ostrats: Apparently merely by deciding at the age of 81 to retire, he has forfeited any and all plaudits for rulings he made previously.

    No surprise they would compel him to keep working.  After all, they were the party of slavery.

    • #2
  3. Steve C. Member
    Steve C.
    @user_531302

    Hero to zero. Though considering the abuse conservatives have tossed at him over the years, I doubt he cares much.

    • #3
  4. TheSockMonkey Coolidge
    TheSockMonkey
    @TheSockMonkey

    Well played, @ostrats.

    • #4
  5. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Well Black Lives Matter wants to tear down the statues of Thomas Jefferson. Anything that wasn’t correct in the current morning can be discarded by the left if it is politically useful.

    • #5
  6. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
    Ray Kujawa
    @RayKujawa

    Ostrats: Apparently merely by deciding at the age of 81 to retire, he has forfeited any and all plaudits for rulings he made previously. By leaving the national stage a lifetime of work was washed down the drain, along with those tears. The severity of denunciations from the likes of Slate and ThinkProgress seemed a bit excessive.

    I suspect that often, after a decision is made and too late to be influenced by opinion, the target audience for the invective is some other who might consider straying from the pack. In this case, I suspect the message is being sent for Justice Ginsberg, who turned 85 this March and is among the court’s staunchest liberals. Despite her advanced age, my suspicions are that she is determined to remain with the court until death, which makes me feel somewhat saddened for her. Each person must decide for themselves what gives them contentment in life. I wish Justice Kennedy happiness in his remaining years.

    • #6
  7. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    Ostrats: Apparently merely by deciding at the age of 81 to retire, he has forfeited any and all plaudits for rulings he made previously. By leaving the national stage a lifetime of work was washed down the drain, along with those tears. The severity of denunciations from the likes of Slate and ThinkProgress seemed a bit excessive.

    I suspect that often, after a decision is made and too late to be influenced by opinion, the target audience for the invective is some other who might consider straying from the pack. In this case, I suspect the message is being sent for Justice Ginsberg, who turned 85 this March and is among the court’s staunchest liberals. Despite her advanced age, my suspicions are that she is determined to remain with the court until death, which makes me feel somewhat saddened for her. Each person must decide for themselves what gives them contentment in life. I wish Justice Kennedy happiness in his remaining years.

    I think you’ve nailed it.  Ginsburg must not be allowed to think that her lionization on the left is anything but conditional to her daily grind on their behalf.

    • #7
  8. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    Ostrats: I propose, therefore, that it would only be right and proper to rename the Ricochet Member levels Kennedy, Biden, Reid, and Kennedy to appropriately appreciate their furthering the conservative movement.

    He gets two levels?

    • #8
  9. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Ostrats: I propose, therefore, that it would only be right and proper to rename the Ricochet Member levels Kennedy, Biden, Reid, and Kennedy to appropriately appreciate their furthering the conservative movement.

    He gets two levels?

    The other Kennedy.

    • #9
  10. Ralphie Inactive
    Ralphie
    @Ralphie

    One guy in America retires, and the left thinks all is lost.  No one should put that much faith in a few people to decide what the millions must do. To bake or not to bake.

    But, the left knows it is easier to just get the court to make laws than the persuade millions.  It is how they view how things work.  Their minds are already at the totalitarian stage.  Because we are a nation of laws, those that control the courts control the laws.

    • #10

Comments are closed because this post is more than six months old. Please write a new post if you would like to continue this conversation.