Whether through feats of Olympic-caliber mental gymnastics or by a fundamental lack of comprehension, (but I repeat myself), there appears to be no end to the assault from members of the media on the very foundation that their careers are built upon.
Enter Brendan Farrington. The Associated Press reporter, perhaps best known for a highly questionable piece against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Covid antibody treatments in Aug. 2021, had some thoughts on the Constitution he felt it prudent to share in light of the SCOTUS leak and likelihood that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
Considering his account is protected, i.e., operates as his own private clubhouse to keep out anyone who might disagree with him, the governor’s spokeswoman Christina Pushaw was gracious enough to share his reflections, perhaps on account of their history.
“Associated Press reporter,” she captioned the screenshot of Farrington’s thread, “presented without comment.”
Associated Press reporter; presented without comment pic.twitter.com/mdIJE5Kedl
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) May 4, 2022
“So democracy works like this: Three supposedly equal branches of government,” Farrington argued. “One with term limits, one without and one where voters have no say with lifetime appointments. Is the great experiment working for you?”
Now, unless he was taking a shot at the swamp creatures who’ve retained their offices in Congress for decades by questionable deals, it’s safe to assume the reporter thinks that the Justices, appointed by the president and confirmed by Congress, arrive on the bench without a whisper of influence from voters.
“Honestly,” he continued, “I respect our founding fathers, (wish we had some founding mothers) I keep a copy of the Constitution in my laptop bag. What else would we take as absolute truth from someone 250 years ago? Your health? Advice about how to get along with your spouse? Financial advice?”
The gut reaction from some was to suggest that Farrington take the Constitution out of his bag and actually read it over.
probably uses that copy of the constitution for a coaster… bet he’s never opened it..
— DeCap Pickleball (@DeCapPBall) May 4, 2022
And, while others noted the fact that the amendment process allows for adjustments should developments occur that were unforeseeable, one person pointed out that the founders had a fairly sterling record on the points Farrington posed.
I might listen to the Founders health pointers: a quarter of them (including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin) lived to 80 or older at a time when average life expectancy was <40.
And they would tell us to buy land and avoid speculation, so?
— RON COULTER (@RONCOULTER) May 4, 2022
Didn’t Franklin say: a penny saved is a penny earned? Isn’t there a financial house named after him? I’ll also take their position on slavery, liberty, firearms, speech, search and seizure, religion etc. Also deleting babies has been a no no for 10k years except the last 50.
— Kosher Kraken (@KosherKraken) May 4, 2022
Setting that aside, as Justice Samuel Alito laid out in the leaked majority opinion, it is precisely because society’s understanding has changed that Roe v. Wade cannot stand. In reviewing common law tradition, Alito outlined how the understanding of when life begins has shifted along with the progress of medicine and science. When, in the past, the earliest admission of life happened with the “‘quickening’… the first felt movement of the fetus in the womb,” through time that marker has moved earlier in gestation to the first heartbeats.
However, the funny thing about absolute truths: they are absolute. Whether realized 250 years ago or 2000 years ago, reality is reality. For Farrington and those who think in kind to accept that would require a complete dismissal of their worldview.
they neither understand nor respect the constitution
— RecKia (@kia_rec) May 4, 2022
If truth is ever changing, it doesn’t exist at all.
— Corbin Casteel (@CorbinCasteel) May 4, 2022
When you have no idea what the constitution does, but you have an opinion based on being smarter than the generations before you because you were born after them.
— Sam Stewart (@SamStew27494377) May 4, 2022
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