We made it!

by chriscrawfordnh

Shortly after 7:30 this morning, The Marshall arrived at the sidewalk and went over the rules of procedure.

“We will be going through with tickets in a few minutes,” he said. “These are for today’s hearings only.” Moments later, he worked his way up the line with a stack of yellow tickets in his right hand. When he got to us, he asked, “Are you guys here for today?”

Stephan could barely contain himself. We collectively said yes and celebrated as we were handed tickets #33, #34, and #35. The gentlemen behind us, both legal experts from an influential conservative political organization, received the next two tickets, and we all let out a sigh of relief as we realized we would get into the Court after all.

I turned to the gentlemen behind us and said, “I feel like the kid from Willy Wonka with the Golden Ticket…”

“I disagree,” he said. “Those went out once a season. This is once a century, maybe.”

They corralled us in almost immediately – quickly that we didn’t even have time to change. We stood out from the steps, toward the gathering crowd. Pro-Life Activist Lila Rose was giving a speech against Obamacare, and a crowd of women was attending to shout her down. The crowd was growing overall, with more people opposing the bill than supporting it.

Once again, we were corralled – this time through metal detectors and into the cafeteria. Shortly after, we were able to change into our suits and lock our bags away.

The marble hallways, busts of former justices, and distinguished paintings surrounded us as we stepped in line up to the Supreme Court.

When we finally, stepped into the Supreme Court, I burst into a huge smile. After 33 hours, temperatures ranging 40 degrees either way, a wicked sunburn, a handful of new friendships, and a new faith in my Brothers and friends, I was finally into the Supreme Court. I was going to watch the greatest legal minds of our time discuss one of the most important pieces of legislation of our time.

I looked around and felt small. The ceiling was covered in intricate patterns, marble columns and giant red curtains lined the sides, and the wooden benches reminded me of a fancy church. Among my fellow debate-watchers were Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Holder, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and Steve Tribe. The beauty of the room, the magnitude of the case, and the prominence of my company was overwhelming.

We finally made it. God bless America.