Blowhard, Esq. writes:
I spent a good part of the weekend marveling at the lefty reaction to Antonin Scalia‘s unexpected death. Did your Facebook feed shamelessly explode with unrestrained celebration too? There are few things more grotesque than watching a bunch of sore winners gloating over the death of a political rival. Proggies were alternatively dancing on his grave, letting out whoops of joy, or soberly explaining how they don’t normally welcome the death of anyone, but hey, sometimes exceptions must be made. An example of one of the more restrained comments:
As a general principle, I agree that one should not speak ill of the dead. But considering that Antonin Scalia tangibly worsened the lives of millions upon millions of people, supported points of view that scapegoat and demonize, and used his power as a Supreme Court justice to validate the idea that businesses should be able to do pretty much anything they want, and generally acted like a condescending, hateful asshole throughout his stint on the court, I don’t really see how anyone owes him any consideration.
- “tangibly worsened the lives of millions upon millions of people” = “wrote dissents in Lawrence v. Texas and the gay marriage cases”
- “used his power as a Supreme Court justice to validate the idea that businesses should be able to do pretty much anything they want” = “supported Christian pastry chefs who didn’t want to bake cakes for gay couples”
- “generally acted like a condescending, hateful asshole” = “disagreed with me and was scathingly unrepentant about it”
My initial response was to wonder what their reaction would be if righties greeted Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death with “ding dong, the witch is dead” sing-a-longs. Strike that — I know exactly what would happen. The NYT, HuffPo, Vox, Vice, DailyKos, and the other organs of progressive thought would go into overdrive for the next month delivering one handwringing thinkpiece after another about conservative misogyny and antisemitism.
None of this is to say I was a big Scalia fan. Like many Cathedral minions, he was a haughty elitist who was way too worshipful of the Ivy League axis for my taste. I disagreed with his views on the 8th Amendment and his opinion in Gonzales v. Raich was particularly odious. But he was a champion of the 4th Amendment, 1st Amendment, and due process — all liberal values. His robust defense of the 6th Amendment’s Confrontation Clause tangibly helps criminal defendants more than Beyoncé’s latest stab at Black Lives Matter faux-radicalism. None of that crap matters, though, because he had the temerity to believe that the Constitution is silent on abortion even though that’s a perfectly reasonable interpretation given that, um, the Constitution is silent on privacy and abortion. Not to mention, as with gay marriage, his was the minority opinion on the issue. Last I checked, gay marriage and abortion were legal in all 50 states.
The left has done a brilliant job over the decades of turning its constituents into one-issue voters. For feminists, abortion is the be-all-end-all of women’s rights. Likewise, being in favor of gay marriage is now part of that package even though, oh, thirty years ago no one — not even the gay establishment — gave one shit about gays being able to marry. In favor of abortion and gay marriage? Great, everything else is forgiven. Against them? Sorry, you could spend all of your spare time feeding orphans and clothing the homeless, you’re a fucking shitlord who needs to die. This is how the Party of Compassion™ operates.