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The Amy Coney Barrett Apocalypse

Amy Coney Barrett and her family

So, the Amy Coney Barrett nomination is official. Gotta say that for me, this is the high point of the Trump presidency, and I’m very, very grateful to the president for what he has done. Here is her speech today at the White House, accepting the nomination:

 

You can believe that she shouldn’t be on the High Court, but I don’t know how you can watch that without believing that Amy Coney Barrett is an admirable person. One thing that the ACB nomination will do is expose the worst of the left-wing haters for what they are.  In this sense, it will be an apocalypse — an unveiling. Yet another one in this apocalyptic year!

Take a look at the wicked, race-obsessed man who has become America’s No. 1 public intellectual. Here he is answering a claim (removed from Twitter by its author) that ACB can’t be racist because she has adopted black children:

 

Chloé Valdary, a black woman (whom you should follow on Twitter), shot back:

Go get him, Chloé. (By the way, Valdary has developed her own antiracism program, Theory of Enchantment, that sounds interesting. I haven’t looked into it closely, but judging by the way she treats people on social media, and the way she addresses racism, I want to know more.)

Kendi’s remarks are evil, but perfectly in line with his racialist philosophy. I agree with Mollie Hemingway:

Here is a Stanford Law professor trashing the Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman for saying nice things about Amy Coney Barrett, alongside whom he clerked at the Supreme Court (her for Scalia, him for Souter):

 

Professional atheist Bill Maher called her a “fu–ing nut” on his HBO show last night.

Now, let’s be fair: you can’t pick the worst examples of liberal freak-outery and say, “They’re all like that!” The liberal legal commentator Benjamin Wittes, for example, has said that though he opposes the nomination, he will criticize it for professional reasons, and will leave her religion and personal life out of it. (He’s also leaving her jurisprudence out of it, because he thinks the entire nomination is illegitimate.) That’s totally fair. Obviously I don’t agree with him, but I don’t expect liberals to roll over for this nomination. Yet going after her on the basis of her religious faith and her family, for heaven’s sake — that’s absolute gutterball.

I cite these two examples because they reveal the staggering spite many left-wing elites have towards those not like themselves. The Kendi tweet is especially important, given how he has become the guru on all things racial to institutional elites. This is where Ibram Kendi Thought leads. People have got to wake up and see this, and what  the elites who fund this charlatan (e.g., Jack Dorsey of Twitter gave $10 million to his Boston University Center for Antiracism Research) are paying for. For example, Kendi believes that the US should pass a constitutional amendment to ban racism, and establish a cabinet-level agency to monitor the population for racism, and punish them. You want to talk about soft totalitarianism? There you have it. That’s the mind of Ibram X. Kendi, the darling of all the progressive elites, including woke capitalists like Jack Dorsey.

The Barretts adopted Vivian, their Haitian daughter, when she was a baby. Excerpt from this 2019 interview:

Vivian is amazing. She was 14-months-old when she came home, and she couldn’t make any sounds at that point, nor could she pull herself up to a standing position, and she was wearing size 0-3 month clothing because she was just so malnourished. At the time they told us they just weren’t sure whether she would speak. She had been so sick she hadn’t had a lot of practice making sounds and hadn’t been spoken to a lot. She was just weak and she had rickets [disease] so her legs were kind of bowed out.

Because the Barrett family opened their hearts and their home to this child, she is thriving now. It is a beautiful story. But to someone like Kendi, Amy and Jesse Barrett might be racist colonizers. Hey, he’s just asking questions!

Watch and listen to what people like Ibram Kendi say in this next month about her. If they go after her for her judicial philosophy, or because they think the nomination is illegitimate because of the political circumstances, that is fair game. But when they go after her for her religion, her family values, and her race, they are revealing what they think about millions of their fellow Americans — and what they are going to do with their power and privilege as it increases.

I would like to point you to Ross Douthat’s column today about ACB, especially the part where he talks about what the Right has to learn from her. He calls her an icon of “conservative feminism”:

A conservative feminism today, on the other hand — again, if we can say that it exists — is adaptive rather than oppositional. It takes for granted that much of what Ginsburg fought for was necessary and just; that the old order suppressed female talent and ambition; that sexism and misogyny are more potent forces than many anti-feminists allowed. It agrees that the accomplishments of Barrett’s career — in academia and now on the federal bench — could have been denied to her in 1950, and it hails that change as good.

But then it also argues that feminism’s victories were somewhat unbalanced, that they were kinder to professional ambition than to other human aspirations, and that the society they forged has lost its equilibrium not just in work-life balance but also in other areas — sex and romance and marriage and child rearing, with the sexes increasingly alienated from one another and too many children desired but never born.

And:

Hence the reasonable test for any conservatism that takes Barrett for its avatar: What is it doing in its policymaking to make her kind of life, professionally impressive and personally full, feel more available and affordable and imaginable for women who aren’t nominated to the Supreme Court?

That’s a good and important point.

Today, though, it’s enough to take satisfaction in the fact that the Supreme Court nominee looks like people like me. I’m not a woman, a Catholic, or the father of seven, but I am a pro-life Christian who, like ACB, did not go to an Ivy League university, and who looks at her family and thinks that they are the kind of people I aspire to be, and that I hope my own children look up to as a model. That somebody who sees the world through her eyes may be sitting on the highest court in the land gives me hope for America in a time when that is hard to come by.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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