I’ve made your arguments to men at church.
I’ll offer a pragmatic counter argument that I’ve had floating in my head. I offer it to put something on the board.
For 50 years, federal courts have maximized individual liberty over all other concerns, including health and safety. The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment has become a buzzsaw that mows down state laws, ancient precedents and established norms. Legally, these decisions have a dubious basis at best. They are tyrannical. They call evil good and good evil.
When “conservative” jurists are nominated for federal courts, what do they always tell us? They tell us that these landmark decisions, including Anthony Kennedy’s famous “sweet meaning of life” passage from Planned Parenthood v. Casey–all of these revolutionary decisions that have established modern social liberalism are precedent and we can’t overturn them. Our society is progressing and the Constitution is a living document. Modern liberalism and personal autonomy are what we believe in now. It’s all part of David French’s “blessings of liberty.”
Liberals effectively get to hijack the Constitution and permanently reshape our society with no appeal, and the job of conservatives is to tell us to tip our hats to the new constitution. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
Well, if this is what it is, why shouldn’t Christian’s try to game the system to our advantage? Why not play by these rules? Why insist on an older constitutional and legal regime that effectively no longer exists? Why play by rules nobody else cares about? Why not highlight this obvious contradiction and just relentlessly press it? Make em take Roe v. Wade and eat it.
My body my choice? Well, take your vaccine and shove it, and I’ll have church when and where I want to, virus or no virus.
Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. If you can’t beat em, troll em. Meme them.
I have to admit this logic is very appealing to me. But I wonder if it should be.