Opinion: Far from "Handmaid's Tale," Amy Coney Barrett is a sharp, successful, supremely qualified woman

by Peter Heck · Oct 1st, 2020 10:36 pm

Last Updated Oct 3rd, 2020 at 3:04 am

If you don't think it through, it's bound to confuse a sane person why the left, which claims to champion the progress and equal treatment of professional women, is so adamant about denying Amy Coney Barrett, an impressive woman jurist and mother, what she has so diligently and rightfully earned.

Allow me to offer an explanation.

There's a reason why climate alarmists continue living in carbon-belching mansions and jetting around the world in private planes to attend global warming conferences. Their movement isn't about the climate, it's about the left gaining political power.

There's a reason why race-baiters have now turned the once-proud and noble civil rights movement on its head, betraying the legacy of its early heroes by standing on their shoulders to preach segregation, reverse-racism, and melanin-based discrimination. Their movement isn't about racial harmony, it's about the left gaining political power.

There's a reason that feminists so willfully and willingly besmirch and slander in ugly, sexist terms, women who are leading, excelling, and thriving, but who happen to hold conservative beliefs. Their movement isn't about empowering women or advancing the ideals of femininity, it's about the left gaining power.

That's precisely why the same D.C. power brokers who constantly leverage overtures to feminism for votes are engaged in a frenzied effort to destroy the advancement of an incredibly gifted and accomplished woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The professional standing and personal reputation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is above reproach.

Sure, Barrett is thoroughly fallible and fallen like the rest of us, but it hasn't escaped notice of colleagues and clients that she has made a concerted effort at personal and professional integrity throughout her distinguished career:

"A few years ago, a blind student matriculated as a first-year law student at Notre Dame. Upon arrival, she encountered delays in getting the technological support she needed to carry out her studies. After only a few days in Barrett's class, the student asked her for advice. Barrett's response was 'This is no longer your problem. It is my problem.' Barrett followed up with university administration herself, got the student what she needed, and then mentored her for three years. That student just completed her service as the first blind female Supreme Court clerk in U.S. history."

In every sense of the word, Amy Coney Barrett is any true feminist's dream appointment. She is a highly-educated woman who has, concurrent with raising a large family of seven children, advanced professionally to the pinnacle of her field before reaching the age of 50. By using her position and through her own example, she has inspired and promoted other women as well.

Despite that well-known reputation, within hours of Barrett's appointment leaking to the press, Democrats had returned to the overplayed Handmaid's Tale trope.

I will gladly admit that I have never watched an episode of the Handmaid's Tale. It may, in fact, be a very good drama. What it is not, however, is a representation that is even remotely in touch with 21st century life in a thoroughly secular, pagan American culture. The idea that the same society that makes Cardi B a multimillionaire for strutting around naked singing WAP is but a few congressional seats or Mike Pence administration away from women in bonnets and red frocks doesn't just strain credulity, it pummels it into oblivion.

Further, regardless of never having seen an episode, I am fairly confident that the story of a woman graduating law school, attaining the most coveted clerkship in the country, becoming an esteemed member of the professoriate at one of the nation's most prestigious law schools, and then securing a nomination to the highest court in the land, might be a tad difficult to squeeze into the overall plot theme of the series. Oh, and she drove her family to the airport on Saturday while her husband rode shotgun.

Liberals of conscience know better. It's why Harvard Law's Noah Feldman recently wrote of Barrett,

"I disagree with much of her judicial philosophy and expect to disagree with many, maybe even most of her future votes and opinions. Yet despite this disagreement, I know her to be a brilliant and conscientious lawyer who will analyze and decide cases in good faith, applying the jurisprudential principles to which she is committed. Those are the basic criteria for being a good justice. Barrett meets and exceeds them."

Once confirmed, there will be few women working in D.C. that will be as impressive politically, professionally, or personally as Amy Coney Barrett. The fact that she is only there because the left lacked sufficient political power to stop her should tell you all you need to know about the true motivations of modern liberalism.

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