Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both campaigned on the issue of the future of the Supreme Court. The reason is scarcely a mystery. They knew—and more to the point they knew that the American people knew—that the next president would likely shape the Court for a generation or more. And they knew that their core supporters and others whom they hoped to reach truly cared about the future of the Supreme Court.
Why? Because the Court—rightly or wrongly—has come to play a massive role in shaping our nation’s policy on crucial issues such as abortion and the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family, and religious liberty and the rights of conscience.
For more than 50 years, the forces of liberal secularism have, with astonishing success, prosecuted their agenda through the agency of the federal courts. The Supreme Court forced schools to abandon prayer and even moments of silence in which students might pray; it imposed the abortion license on the nation; it required all 50 states to recognize same-sex partnerships as marriages. Now liberal secularists are asking the Court to make American bathrooms conform to their ideology.