Editor: Many voters with conservative principles are thinking to cast their vote for Mr. Trump so that a Republican president can nominate the next Supreme Court justice. While this could be, on its face, a reasonable and honorable concern, upon further scrutiny it appears to be selling one’s political soul for a mess of pottage.
That is, beloved American governing principles of goodness, constitutionalism, decency, intelligence, equality, wisdom, honesty, beauty, humility, morality, equanimity, peaceful transfer of power, due process, and the freedoms of religion and the press, among other things, would be sold for the tempting mirage of a political Supreme Court as the final defender of a nation’s morals.
Such a sale impoverishes the “city on a hill,” and such pottage undermines the rule of law, one of America’s greatest and most enduring achievements.
In this and all things, Mr. Trump represents a new and terrible and calamitous thread, imperiously demanding to be woven into the divinely beautiful American fabric. But judge not that ye be not judged.
Nonetheless, history and wisdom seek a familiar and durable thread this November, to heal and perpetuate the delicate and fracturing American experiment in self-government.
Chris Stevenson, Purcellville