It seems that the war for a consensus to frame the philosophy of this country as a whole is about the affirmation or denial of the existence of G-d, with the battle being fought in the Supreme Court.
Sure, the debate might be about a multiplicity of things that the court has to deal with on an annual basis, but you do not have to follow the news too closely to realize that the primary issue is about life, when it begins, and whether it is legal to terminate life as we know it in the womb. In other words, it is about the matter of abortion and the right to life.
Life and faith in Hashem are intertwined. And while to many of us this might be a difficult, if not impossible, issue to debate, for the world at large this is a central point on which the struggle is worthwhile — to virtually no end. While on the surface, the fight goes on about maintaining the legal right to abortion as per the court’s decision in Roe v. Wade back in the 1970s, it might very well be that the real debate is about the acknowledgement of an Almighty G-d and the matter of recognizing His existence.
Of course, as the President said Monday night, his selection is about finding a constitutionalist, a person who can understand and interpret the brilliance of the founding fathers and view their words of more than 200 years ago in a contemporary context. What is left unsaid here, because it would be a volatile thought, is that the framers of the Constitution, the founding fathers of this great country, had a deep faith in G-d and revered the Creator.
And this is why the Democrats and even a few Republicans will challenge President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the High Court. The founding fathers recorded their beliefs more than two centuries ago. The challenge today is to view those ideas and those words in a modern fashion and apply them to our present-day lives, which, as you can see, is not a simple task.
With abortion as the litmus test for an acceptable Supreme Court Justice on the left, it’s a statement about who controls the very essence of what it means to exist — that is, life itself. If we, the people, can legislate when life begins and when we may end it, then we are at least imagining that it is we who are in charge and not He.
So the debate about the possibility of a conservative-leaning court legislating that abortion is not a legal medical procedure in this country is unlikely to happen regardless of the composition of the justices, but, in the interim, we can at least do battle over who is really in charge of the world and life as we know it.
Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Baal HaTanya, has written that anything that we do in life — from the very mundane to that which is more challenging and complicated — is one of two things: either an affirmation of the existence of G-d or a denial of His existence. That does not mean that we are necessarily indulging in anything unsavory. All that means is that doing something unholy or mundane, like watching a ballgame or a movie, requires, to an extent, an element of denial of G-d’s existence.
Now don’t misunderstand that. This does not mean that you are denying G-d’s existence at all. All it means is that indulging in these types of activities requires a form of G-dly diminishment in your life. And that’s normal, even natural, but also something that we are not ordinarily aware of.
And the opposite is also true. When you are praying, studying Torah, giving tzedakah, or doing any other kind of good deed, that involves affirming and testifying to not just the existence of Hashem but the Oneness of the Almighty.
The way of the world, which He decided, is that there is no corporeality to G-d. He is invisible, and therein lies the challenge for people of faith. And perhaps that is why it is referred to as “faith.” It is a matter that requires an emotional leap from the physical, mundane ways of everyday life to the necessity of invoking the belief in something larger than the greatness of man here on earth.
That is precisely what this battle over seats on the Supreme Court comes down to. Appointing a justice impacts on the very character of the nation, conceivably for decades to come. Brett Kavanaugh is a good and responsible choice by the president. He is a man of deep and abiding faith as well as a man who understands the genius of our Constitution. If you are uncertain of that, just look at how hard the Democratic liberals are committed to fighting his confirmation in the Senate, all because they have their doubts about who is really in charge.