HIRSCHAUER: The Apocalypse That Never Comes

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Christ insisted that “no one knows the day or hour” when the Son of Man shall return to call history to a close. Easy for Him to say; He could have never foreseen the nomination of an Originalist to the Supreme Court.

Much has been written about the cataclysmic fantasies of the American Left, and Mitch McConnell spoke of such fatalism on the floor of the Senate last Monday, noting how “the apocalypse” Democrats inevitably warn about “never comes.” Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by a duly elected President was automatically branded a threat to thousands of lives and even the republic itself; Yale law students and alumni proclaimed in an open letter that “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination presents an emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country.”

It is the apocalypse, forerun by the possible reversal of an erroneous Supreme Court decision — a First World cataclysm if there ever was one. And if Armageddon’s harbinger is the removal of a judicially constructed “right” to kill an unborn child, count me among the horsemen.

To a political movement that asserts that free speech is violence, the reversal of Progress™ is an act of war. Mere opposition to the Left’s promised utopia is, in its eyes, indistinguishable from actual, physical violence. Jimmy Kimmel Live writer Bess Kalb made this quite clear when she stated that the “Federalist Society is currently a bigger threat to the basic safety of Americans than MS-13.”

MS-13 is, of course, a criminal gang of mostly illegal aliens whose numerous homicides throughout the country routinely involve unspeakable acts of sadism and torture. But in Kalb’s calculation, a non-profit group committed to upholding the Constitution as written is a bigger threat to the lives of Americans than an organized gang of criminal aliens willing rip a man’s heart from his decapitated body and toss it into his open grave.

The presumed “threat” posed by a judicial Originalist is, among other things, to the fate of a hypothetical woman seeking to kill her unborn child in a red state following the reversal of the legally indefensible decision made in Roe. Will it be difficult or dangerous for such a woman to kill her child in this hypothetically post-apocalyptic North Dakota? Perhaps. But I’m hardly willing to proclaim the imminence of Judgment Day on that basis, and indeed suggest we bring ourselves closer to it should we continue to allow the state-sanctioned slaughter of unborn children.

This iteration of doomsday-mongering from progressive prophets is no different than the last “apocalypse” when taxes on working families were reduced, or decades ago when the now-beloved Anthony Kennedy was nominated. “No one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself,” or even Chuck Schumer.

“Only the Father knows.”

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