Surely Wendy Davis has been saying her prayers and with the latest Federal Judge ruling the Texas anti-abortion law unconstitutional in key parts, perhaps she feels her prayers are being answered.
I join Wendy Davis in prayer, but I am praying for something else.
We have Wendy Davis to thank for another opportunity for the Supreme Court to hear the fight over abortion rights, though she may not want to accept thanks from all quarters.
Rather than end the war in the battle she waged, she has given those who oppose her yet another battle to end all wars.
Given that this problem started in the Supreme Court with an oversight (to put it mildly), it is most fitting and likely going to have to end there with a new insight, if a majority can muster one.
The political will of the legislatures and the Congress, not to mention the voters, will never settle it. But then, might never does make right. Just the reverse. Right makes might. That\’s why the debate goes on and on.
I myself pray that the Supreme Court will finally see that all disciplines of any credibility, not to mention science, realize that the human being is one from the moment of conception; that, the little people who are potential men and women in the womb have rights too; and that, on the contrary, corporations are not people from the moment of their incorporation. We are no longer dealing with a matter of material science. We are struggling with all other levels of explanation, but not that one.
The cognitive dissonance just in these two prime instances shows the majority of the Supreme Court has gone beyond good and evil and found its ultimate rationale in a willful, political agenda, the scope and dimensions of which are only piecemealed out to us. Why?
Most of us are not aware of an early Court ruling that set the Court off on the path it must now almost see as a dead end, were it not for its sophistry.
In Calder v. Bull, Justice James Iredell stated that courts cannot strike down statutes based only upon principles of natural justice:
\”[T]he ideas of natural justice are regulated by no fixed standard: the ablest and the purest men have differed upon the subject; and all that the Court could properly say, in such an event, would be, that the Legislature (possessed of an equal right of opinion) had passed an act which, in the opinion of the judges, was inconsistent with the abstract principles of natural justice.\”
Ah, blinded Justice! The blinding was self-inflicted!
This fateful decision set the Court up to invent the parameters of its own worldview. We have been drifting on the sea of their opinions ever since.
But now, by not recognizing what common sense shows us, though not them, the very credibility of the Supreme Court and law in general comes not just up for cross-examination. It is coming up in a storm like a battleship arguing with a light in the distance, trying to order it to change course, only to find its arrogance meeting up with a lighthouse warning of impending disaster.
For some the Court, or its members, will become not just theoretical targets, but actual human targets. I fear the anger that may boil over into rage against these judicial legislators.
The sea is being parted by this continuing idiocy and the tall waves that are rising up in opposition to each other are readying to crash upon those caught in the middle.
We want to be careful about following any of those whose followers claim for them the character of a new \”Moses.\”
I pray to Jesus through Mary to help us all find again the supernatural virtues of faith, hope, and charity, as well as the natural virtues of prudence, fortitude, justice, and most of all temperance over and against the corresponding vices our amoral economy seems so bent on exploiting, with the helpful assist of the rulings of the Supreme Court: pride, envy, greed, lust, cowardice, wrath, and most of all gluttony. The latter because there is a deep sense of wanting our cake and eating it to when we want and not when we don\’t. What a way to respect the first right said to be unalieanable in our Declaration of Independence.
Rather than a \”Moses,\” I hope we can find Josephs, like the one the Pharaoh recognized to help him administer the state and like the one Our Heavenly Father chose to help guide Jesus in understanding the mission in his life.
While I know some may say I am just being a dreamer presenting this post, I counter with the idea that I am looking to prayer for our answers. While some may say I am merely day-dreaming, I want us to remember that both Josephs relied on dreams too. Had Pilate heeded the advice his wife gave him on the basis of her dream about Jesus, maybe he would have handled things differently.
But the Providence of God prevails. Pray for the Supreme Court, then, that their dreams will be sweet and provide them images of beautiful little ones in support of new insight or nightmares that free them from their oversights.
Until then, I will follow Pope Francis. He seems to have a pipeline to God that few of us will likely ever have. I take my Catholic Stand with him.