My wife and I just returned from a 22-day cruise of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Minneapolis/St. Paul, with many stops along the way for onshore excursions–a really busy but relaxing and informative trip. It was refreshing to visit the heartland.
Meanwhile, as I was vacationing, little did I anticipate that my time away from the routine would possibly be the most consequential month for the Supreme Court and the Constitution in my lifetime. Of course, the formal reversal of Roe v. Wade, as I have discussed based on the previously leaked opinion draft (see May 3 post), was monumental, but the Court’s rulings in this session on gun rights, the overreaching administrative state, church and state, and school choice, among others, were in many ways equally as consequential, particularly in what they portend for future rulings by this Court as it clearly has shown that the “originalists” are now in the majority. More on that later. But suffice to say at this point that Donald Trump’s legacy, in spite of how he is regarded personally and regardless of the outcome of the “Jan. 6” hearings, is secure in his appointment of three Supreme Court justices that will profoundly transform the direction of the Court for decades. A truly historic moment. Thank you, President Trump.