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Jewish World Review August 17, 2005 / 12 Av, 5765

Supreme concerns

By Jay D. Homnick


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is an old Jewish story about the man who brings his horse to market at the regional fair, but it does not sell on the first day. He rents overnight stable space from the fairgrounds but is leery of counting on the padlock they provide. So he hires a watchman to stand guard outside the stall while he bunks at the local inn. "But how will I keep from falling asleep?" asks the minder. "Think deep thoughts that engage your mind," advises the owner.

Back at the inn, he falls into a fitful sleep. At one a.m. he is suddenly jolted awake, fearful about his prized possession. He dresses hurriedly and scurries down to the stables; it's a relief to find his man wide awake but deep in thought. "What are you thinking?" "I am thinking: when you eat a bagel, where does the hole go?"

Three a.m., same story. Back to the stable, watchman still alert. "What are you thinking about now?" "I am thinking: when you hammer a nail into a board, where does the displaced wood go?" Finally, the merchant has full confidence and can rest peacefully. The next morning, he arrives to find the watchman looking more puzzled than ever. "I'm back, you don't need to think anymore." "Yes, but I was thinking: if I'm here and the stable is locked, how come the horse is gone?"

Let's be honest. While we were busy cogitating, the horse has left the stable. Roe vs. Wade will not be overturned, no matter how many seats George W. Bush gets to fill on the Supreme Court. And it is not just because we were too busy talking among ourselves and not acting decisively. There are two other key reasons, the trade hazards of conservatism, especially when coupled with religious inspiration. It behooves us to learn from these patterns, lest they hamper us in future ventures.

The first is that the predilection to conserve and preserve what is serves as a kind of brake against destroying valid institutions to satisfy the impulse for change. But that same reluctance to upset apple carts that keeps us off bandwagons makes us the first to greet the new stagecoach once it has arrived. A man like John Roberts does not have the temperament to tamper with Roe vs. Wade for the simple reason that, as he told an earlier confirmation committee in the Senate, "it is the law of the land." The Liberal bent and twisted the law but once the result is in place a John Roberts type will not choke on the pretzel.

In fact, a funny Washington Post article found that all his friends labeled him a "staunch" conservative but none of them, on second thought, had ever heard him espouse a particular political position. What the title of staunch conservative means, decoded, is a guy who wears a tie even on Casual Friday. It is not a flame-thrower who will battle like a lion to restore the Constitution of yore. We can count on him to honor the Consitution as found, not as founded.

This is the first reason that Roe vs. Wade, a completely phony baloney distortion of what constitutions are meant to do and what this Constitution actually did, survived the Rehnquist Court. It's because the stodgy cannot be counted on to be stagy. The irony is that in the end, because they had no courage to do what was right they took whatever was left. In the absence of an offense, the defense eventually breaks down. So you get incremental abridgements of almost every freedom.

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The second reason was that the religious passion misled people into overshooting their target. Conservatives, including Ronald Reagan, responded to Roe vs. Wade by pushing the Right-to-Life Amendment. But that mandated that even State governments could not legalize abortion because taking a life was beyond their purview. It was quixotic and doomed, because it tried to do more than restore the status quo ante where the issue was legislated on the State level.

The Bible alerts us to these antipodean dangers in the story of the Spies (Numbers Ch. 13,14). First the people are frozen in place, afraid to meet the challenge of entering Israel. Then suddenly they are in manic mode, insisting on going right now, even though Moses warns them that the time is not yet ripe. Somehow the conservative must learn how to hit just the right balance.

The horse is not in the stable anymore. Roe vs. Wade has been here for thirty-three years and hardly looks like a candidate for removal. But Judge Roberts and other Bush nominees to follow must remember that movement is inevitable. Instead of drifting leftward like the Rehnquist Court, they must take little baby steps back to the right — with gravitas, caritas and veritas.

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