I’m a Catholic and a Republican (in that order), and I am overjoyed that a brilliant woman like Amy Coney Barrett will be joining the Supreme Court of the United States. Her textualist and originalist approach to interpreting the law— understanding the Constitution and other documents as they are written and were understood when adopted— is important to preserving stability in our judiciary and is a critical protection for the rule of law.
Let us not propel a false reality, devoting ourselves to a false prophet that threatens our precious American democracy.
The evening’s events fell under newly intensified scrutiny, with Trump testing positive for coronavirus last week, and Biden nearing 80 and suffering from a noticeably deteriorating mental state. Whoever wins, the man being inaugurated this January will be our oldest president in American history. This brings increased importance to the candidates for vice president.
From a psychiatric standpoint our current challenges go far beyond coronavirus. Of course, Covid-19 is a big deal, but what will be left in its wake? We must also be focused on the pandemic’s mental health impact.