It has been portrayed that Democrat fury over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh reached its fevered pitch after receiving the allegation (unsubstantiated and uncorroborated) of the nominees’ alleged teen-years sexual misdeed. That is incorrect.
The decision to use every tactic to oppose Kavanaugh, or someone like him, occurred far earlier than the receipt in July of Professor Ford’s 36-year-old claim. While the firepower is aimed at this particular nominee, it is actually just one battlefield in the larger war against an entire segment of American society by Progressives.
It is tempting to point to the anti-Catholic inclination of the Left as the prime motive for the extreme reaction to Kavanaugh, and that would be correct, but only partially. Kavanaugh, with his history of religious devotion and parochial school education, may be viewed by Progressives as the “stereotypical Catholic” and therefore associated with anti-abortion sentiments.
It is not merely coincidental that California Senator Diane Feinstein was the center of the Kavanaugh controversy. In September of 2017, she vehemently opposed the nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In a stunning round of questioning, Senator Dick Durbin asked the nominee “Do you consider yourself an Orthodox Catholic,” an inappropriate query which was followed by the even more offensive comment by Senator Feinstein that “The [Catholic] dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
But the Left’s deep distaste of jurists with potential anti-Roe v. Wade sentiments is only part of the story.
A dedication to the end of abusive practices against women cannot be cited as the sole reason for the fury. The long history of abusive against women by Democrats such as the late Ted Kennedy and the current vice-chair of the Democrat National Committee, Keith Ellison, have gone almost wholly un-noted by Progressives. And of course, the numerous and deadly serious acts by Bill Clinton continue to be shockingly excused by the Left, including groups that theoretically exist solely to advance women’s rights. Progressive groups such as the “Women’s March on Washington” have accepted at the top of their leadership circle Linda Sarsour, an advocate of Sharia Law which treats females as property.
As socialism becomes increasingly mainstream within the Democrat party, the inherent anti-religious sentiment of that political philosophy becomes more pronounced. It is reflected equally in the growing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leadership of the Democrat National Committee, and the numerous progressive groups that stridently advocate for the “BDS“(boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) movement against Israel.
Top-down political systems are traditionally jealous of any source of influence over constituents that do not derive from the ruling center. That is why regimes that act to restrict religious freedom are also generally allergic to freedom of the press, as well. Socialism is, by its very nature, top-down. The choices made by the prevailing powers that are backed up by the full force of the state, if opposed on moral or philosophical grounds, call into question the entire rationale for the collectivist governments’ near monopolistic hold on power.
The blatant implications that practicing Roman Catholics can’t be trusted with high judicial posts, or that Jews are to blame for all the problems in the Middle East, have increasingly become staples of the Left. Those foul premises are couched in excuses such as abortion or Palestinian nationhood, but those are mere covers for a far deeper and wider-ranging distaste of main stream Americans, and the individualism that characterizes the American character.
Progressives haven’t been satisfied with their successes in social issues. They believe in the necessity of punishing those who adhere to traditional values.
Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government