Another week, another case of someone having to apologize for saying something completely normal on Twitter. This time, “someone” was the Girl Scouts of America, who made the mistake of celebrating Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court. After countless angry responses, the Girl Scouts’ account deleted the tweet and covered their tracks with a half-hearted statement about remaining “nonpolitical” and “nonpartisan.”
Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a woman, and becoming a Supreme Court justice is an impressive accomplishment. (Be careful – this statement may also get you canceled.) The Girl Scouts exist to empower women and celebrate their achievements. But Barrett is a conservative woman, so it’s perfectly acceptable for left-wing politicians like Rep. Ayanna Pressley to call her “the antithesis of justice” and blast the Girl Scouts for “uplifting” her. And people like Rep. Pressley hold more sway over America’s culture than people who believe that America elevates accomplished, principled people like Justice Barrett.
This is why just pointing out left-wing hypocrisy isn’t enough. Telling liberals that they need to play by their own rules and respect all women’s accomplishments doesn’t affect them because they’re playing by different rules altogether. To the left, America is fundamentally evil. Anyone who disagrees with that, or doesn’t agree with it enough, is the enemy. Justice Barrett clearly doesn’t believe that America is evil: she respects our Constitution and has spent her career upholding it. So “owning” liberals by pointing out that she’s a woman isn’t enough – conservatives and moderates need to make an overwhelming case that America is good, and that people like Justice Barrett make it that way.
Don’t play the left’s game – reject it entirely. Liberals will always work twice as hard to shut down someone like Justice Barrett because she refuses to identify as part of a victim group. If conservatives and moderates don’t make it impossible for the left to cancel people for their political views, they will allow the left to cancel America itself.