DeSantis spox Christine Pushaw highlights AP reporter’s dig at Constitution after SCOTUS leak

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.”

“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.

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.

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.


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