That’s how the United States Supreme Court opens their business day. Each day. At least for a while.
The Burger Court, in a case called Marsh v. Chambers, decided that the State of Nebraska could hire a Presbyterian minister to lead the legislature in prayer. In case you don’t know, the Burger Court was not known for conservative decisions – see Roe v. Wade.
The left has never let an adverse court ruling stand in their way. There is no such thing as “settled law” until the law conforms to the opinion of those on the farthest reaches of the left. Roe, for instance, is absolutely settled law in their minds.
It looks like they’re going for another bite at the old apple on the subject of “public prayer”.
The chairman of the local Baha’i congregation concluded his prayer with “Allah-u-Abha,” which loosely translates to “God the All-Glorious.” A Jew offered a prayer speaking of “the songs of David, your servant.” And a Wiccan priestess, mindful of her venue in the town of Greece, N.Y., thought that Athena and Apollo were apt deities to call upon.
But they were the exceptions. Almost every other “chaplain of the month” during a decade of town board meetings in this Rochester suburb was a Christian, and more often than not called on Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit to guide the council’s deliberations.
A federal appeals court said last year that such a “steady drumbeat” of Christian invocations violates the Constitution’s prohibition against government endorsement of religion.
Now, the issue is set to come before the Supreme Court.
I actually admire some qualities of the left and this particular case is an excellent example. Let me be very clear, I don’t agree with their position and I think they’re a bunch of moonbats. But we conservatives could learn a lesson or two from them.
By and large, conservatives are a bunch of purist whiners. I’m so sick of listening to people who are supposedly on “our side” attacking anybody who doesn’t meet their definition of a “true conservative”, whatever that is. I’m also fed up with people who have to have the whole damn loaf.
The left has been relentless in their pursuit – by any and every means – to impose their view on our society. I don’t have an issue with that, that pursuit is protected by the First Amendment. They are also more than willing to rack up little victories here and there in that pursuit, something that a “true conservative” would sit home and brood about before they’d get caught compromising with evil.
The lesson here is that through persistence and a vision for the long haul, the left has, in a relatively short period of time, moved the moral compass of the nation squarely into their camp. Even though poll after poll indicates that conservative values hold sway on virtually every issue, the reality of life is that we live in a very liberal democracy.
It’s long past time to stop looking for the next Ronald Reagan, he was a man for his age, not this age. It’s long past time – at least 40 years past time – that we realize that we’re not going eat the whole elephant in one bite. We need a strategist to deal with putting together a long term plan to revive the nation of our Founders.
I don’t know who that person might be. Do you?