At some point, Republicans must decide whether they believe in Reagan’s three-legged stool of conservatism. Not that this proves that they are fiscal conservatives, but the GOP establishment at least makes an effort to give lip service to the growing debt. Yet, on the other hand, they have no interest in pushing back against the judicial tyranny and the indefatigable efforts of the social liberals to remake our society using the boot of government. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell is clearly a Republican who is one of those not concerned with this growing problem.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy struck down most of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), ostensibly forcing the federal government to recognize alternative marriages even for purposes of federal law, many on our side yawned. They argued “definition of marriage” should be left up to the states to decide. Well, part of the purpose of DOMA was to protect states that support traditional marriage from the other states who want to impose their views on them.
Now, we are seeing a torrent of unelected judges force “gay marriage” on red states. The latest example is Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky who just ruled that Kentucky must recognize all different forms of marriage from other states. In doing so, he noted that the citizens of Kentucky violated the U.S Constitution by defining marriage as it has been since the founding.
Obviously, this ruling is egregious even from the standpoint of those who support gay marriage on a social level because of its faulty legal reasoning. There clearly is no federal right to recognition of any marriage, much less alternative forms of marriage, thereby precluding states from making their own laws. Individuals are free to make lifestyle choices in any state, but states inherently have the right to define a legal status, especially something so simple and bedrock as marriage. The implications of these decisions are very disconcerting.
Judge Heyburn was nominated to the bench in 1991 by President George Bush. But his recommendation came from Senator Mitch McConnell who used him as a special counsel while serving as Judge Executive of Jefferson County in the early ‘80s. Thanks to McConnell, Kentucky is being subjected to the tyranny of the liberal agenda without a vote.
Like all establishment Republicans, when forced to talk about the issue, McConnell says he is pro-life and pro-marriage. But he has nothing to say in the face of judicial tyranny. In fact, after Kennedy issued his anti-family manifesto disguised as legal jurisprudence, McConnell was the only GOP leader to issue no statement at all. As Politico noted at the time, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday.” It appears that his insouciance towards constitutional jurisprudence was on display when he recommended Judge Heyburn to serve on the bench.
After almost 30 years in Washington, Kentucky primary voters must be wondering what has Mitch McConnell done for them. What has he done to protect Kentucky’s conservative values?
One of the most important ways a senator can affect positive change for his state is by recommending judges who will uphold the values of the state and not twist the words of the Constitution. Senator McConnell is clearly wanting in that regard.
Liberals will not rest in their inexorable effort to shove their values on us. They will not stop until every state is forced to recognize their behavior or preferred lifestyle. They will not lay down their swords until every private business is forced by the boot of the judiciary to accommodate their desires. It is not just an anti-family agenda; it represents an anti-liberty and anti-constitution agenda. As long as Republicans are led by politicians who lack any principles, we will continue to lose the fight for our Republic.