The Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling made it clear who our friends are. Not among them: GOP congressional leadership.
No matter whether you think Jack Phillips’ victory is potentially broad or particularly narrow in its scope, either way, we have been forced to watch as no Republicans who determine the congressional agenda have stepped up and offered legislative courage and/or direction to capitalize on the opening before them, proving once more that the one real difference between the unibrow parties is that Democrats inspire their base to get what they want, while Republicans conspire against their base to get what they want.
That’s why all you hear are crickets from the leaders of God’s Own Party.
On the other hand, had the Supreme Court ruled against Phillips, you absolutely would have heard Team GOP speak up: To remind us that courts make law, this is the new law we must respect now, and it sucks, bro, but the First Amendment is gone with the wind, dude. However, if we’re lucky, and the stars align, it may come back one day once we’ve “voted GOP for good judges” enough decades.
Because the GOP, for the zillionth time, doesn’t care about what we care about.
If it did, this Congress would function as it is supposed to and quickly write a bill that would make future assaults on people like Phillips the stuff of a bigoted progressive past. Sure, that effort would be redundant, in that we already have the First Amendment to guarantee against making Christians do perp walks for the Rainbow Jihad. But it would nonetheless also signal our chosen leaders’ appetite for defending this nation’s founding ideals – ideals they once promised to protect and defend when they were sworn into office.
Instead, the GOP will keep as low a profile as possible rather than take the offensive on the cultural issues we’re the most concerned about. They’ve got Planned Parenthood to fund and pork to hand out. The swampy status quo is their jam, at least until they’re back on the campaign trail this fall lying to us about their “conservative” priorities.
And that scam right there is why I am increasingly willing to offer the benefit of the doubt to anyone who errs on the side of Trump in their quest to conserve what made America exceptional in the first place. For even with all his brokenness and bull, not to mention nauseating narcissism, Trump is the only elected official in a position of leadership in Washington even remotely concerned with our priorities. Which, of course, should absolutely scare the hell of out of you, given his capricious character. But it is what it is.
Trump has shown that if we’re loud and persistent enough, he may eventually turn off the ego long enough to listen. GOP congressional leadership simply doesn’t give a damn, no matter what we do. Trump has shown he’s sensitive to conservative criticism. GOP congressional leadership runs to mainstream media singing “gimme shelter” when they receive conservative criticism. With Trump at the plate, you’re as likely to get a hit as a strikeout. GOP congressional leadership won’t even step into the batter’s box.
That’s why when even progressive Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who likes to officiate homosexual “weddings” when she’s not inventing terms and provisions not actually found in our Constitution, says the gaystapo in Colorado has gone too far, you can count on Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once more, despite the fact that there is reasonable legislation they could pursue to protect their base from further persecution. You can bet your sweet bippy if the Democrat base was being similarly targeted and they were in power, they’d be hell-bent on unreasonable legislation.
At this moment there are more Republicans in elected office nationwide than at any time since before the Great Depression. There’s nothing stopping this party from keeping its promises to us for a change. So why won’t they?
There are several potential answers to that question. All of them are bad.