One of the great freedoms that we all enjoy is the opportunity to have a voice, to be engaged in public debate, and public policy. As a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a concerned citizen who has tried to stay engaged in public policy, I am concerned with the renewed and heated fervor of the activists over the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Never has the reality that we are living in a surreal age been clearer than during the strange cycles of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We are living that reality.
Appointment of a conservative to the court does not necessarily translate into the overruling of Roe because justices take precedent very seriously. They see precedent as the bulwark of the rule of law. If a court may overrule a long line of precedent, all precedent is placed in jeopardy, making the court little more than another political body.
This issue is overwhelming. It is daunting. We are right to ask what we can possibly do. Joseph recognized that feeling and told the saints to act in “great earnestness” and to “let no man count them as small things” because “you know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm.”
In April, The Department of Justice announced a zero-tolerance policy requiring that every single person who crosses the border illegally be criminally prosecuted. Implementation of this policy has led to the separation of hundreds of young children from their parents. As members of the LDS Church, we know the importance of entering the public square to defend and protect the family, but we also believe in honoring and sustaining the law. What are we to do?
It is good to know that the White House and the LDS Church are both in favor of securing protections for Dreamers – something 78% of Americans voters also support, but we should also consider how the Church’s statement addresses the rest of the White House framework.
Washington, D.C., is filled to the brim with skilled politicians and bright people. What it has in short supply are people who possess those characteristics and who also are wonderful human beings. Orrin Grant Hatch, the senior United States senator from Utah and president pro tempore of the Senate, is one of that very small number of people.