The Feminist Slant—What Conservatives do Right

In the avalanche of news stories coming at us ad nauseam, one article in particular stood out from the others. Not because it tackled a polarizing topic, but because it was…not the norm.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett struck a surprising blow against those seeking to defy COVID vaccine mandates on Thursday when she dismissed a challenge to a college’s mandate without comment.

Newsweek – 8/3/2021

This bit of news really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone keeping tabs on this traditional conservative appointed by former President Donald Trump to serve on the Supreme Court. And it wasn’t the first indication that she may not bend as far right as the Moral Majority would like from a lifelong conservative.  

Barrett is the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court and was caught in the whirlwind of controversy, panic, and outrage from many liberals when she was nominated to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a popular figurehead who embraced liberal politics and was respected by many on both sides of the political aisle. Put on the fast-track, Barrett passed the scrutiny of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and began her service on the Supreme Court in October 2020.  

While the Political Left bemoaned Barrett’s entry as the newest member of the Supreme Court, this feminist had a gut feeling that behind the curtain shielding this self-described conservative, hid a woman who wasn’t just another cookie-cutter traditionalist. Barrett is no slouch in the educational arena, where she was a Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, and the ability to balance work, education, and parenting, has given this woman the ability to truly see and understand the world beyond her front lawn—all while climbing the right side of the political ladder.

Giving credence to the ideology of a moderate conservative, just eight months into her job, Barrett sided with her liberal associates when it came time for the Supreme Court to vote on the upholding of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. While many conservatives were disappointed in her actions, it probably should not have come as a surprise. She is not the first Supreme Court Justice to relax her conservative views once comfortably seated in a political position that offers lifelong employment without the downside of having to appease voters. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, nominated by former President George Bush, has also voted on the side of liberal politics on several occasions, and, like Barrett, also voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

While Barrett may have a smidgeon of liberal leanings, it would be unrealistic to believe that she will suddenly step across the political line drawn with a permanent marker by far too many politicians to join her liberal constituents on most issues, but it is refreshing to know that she is not a rubber-stamping politician who cannot entertain free thought beyond the spectrum of her political base. The world of Law deserves a balance of beliefs and people who are not afraid to express free thought and the occasional belief that is unpopular.

This feminist applauds the actions of conservatives who aren’t afraid to occasionally lean a little left. Just as those who traditionally follow liberal thought shouldn’t automatically discount the other side. Listening to the other side is good for the soul and good for our country.

Heidi McCrary is a writer and author of Chasing North Star. Keep up with her at https://heidimccrary.net/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HeidiMcCraryAuthor

I Just Discovered This Feature on Facebook, and it’s Killing me!

You know how Facebook is awesome about protecting your privacy? You can UNLIKE someone, and it won’t send any sort of alarms to the person on the other side. It doesn’t go, “Hey! Someone you thought was your friend just decided they’ve had enough of you!” No, it just quietly detaches your connection with your ex-cyber-friend.

Facebook is kind, in that it even allows us to hit the pause on someone if we’re feeling overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) with a friend’s posting activity. You can hit pause, and the friend never has to know. It’s a win-win—you get to take a break from so-and-so, and they’re blissfully unaware of your mini-vacation from them.

Facebook World was all roses and sunshine for me until I stumbled upon this particular feature on my AUTHOR PAGE. Keep in mind that this is a professional page, and different from my personal page. This is where I share my writing and posts that are more thought-provoking in nature.

And this is where I found this feature…

Negative FeedbackUnder posts on a professional page, it lists the number of people you reached. If you click on the blue 60 people reached, a Performance for Your Post pops up. You get stuff like how many LIKES and LINK CLICKS you got—all good, right? But if you scroll down, you’ll see the section called, NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. This is a horrible horrible piece of feedback that I don’t need, because while I know it happens, I don’t need to actually see that there are people who are HIDING my posts! Who needs to know that? Facebook doesn’t even pretend that this isn’t the meanest feature ever created, since it’s called NEGATIVE FEEDBACK.

I may never post again…

RIP My Daily Newspaper

newspaperI often talk about the changes traditional media is going through these days. The fall of the daily newspaper was made clear to me yesterday as I thumbed through our local daily paper on the day after the Presidential Inauguration, and the day of the largest Women’s March in our country’s history—two impacting news stories from a national and local standpoint.

While keeping in mind that, traditionally, the Saturday newspaper is the smallest of the week’s editions, I was flabbergasted to find that this paper-thin newspaper contained the following…

Section A: Local, Regional & National News – 4 pages, Stocks & Mutual Funds – 2 pages, Comics – 2 pages

Section B: Sports – 4 pages, Puzzle – 1 page, Classifieds – 1 page, MLive Ads – 2 pages

This $1.50 newspaper contained 8 pages of news/sports. What it didn’t contain was advertising from local or national businesses. Not one ad.

A business cannot survive in this fashion for very long, and I can only imagine that our local daily newspaper will not be printed for much longer, and likely, no one will notice when it stops. Today, the majority of people receive their news on-demand in an endless variety of online mediums, no longer waiting for their news to land once a day in their newspaper box in the front yard.

As I read about the Women’s March online, I think about tomorrow’s newspaper featuring yesterday’s news.

RIP, my friend.