It was just a little over a year ago that I wrote about what the criminal Sam Brownback was doing to my home state of Kansas. Since then, he has not slowed down and he has not stopped. He is in fact ramping up his efforts to turn Kansas into a futuristic-dystopia similar to what the Immorten Joe created in Mad Max.
Brownback is pure, uncut evil. He just looks like the type of guy who will arrest one of your kids and at the same time try to convince you how much money you’ll save now. He is the scum of politics, he is dirtier than mud caked in dog shit. But he’s still sitting on his throne, unchallenged, telling you that the dog shit that now covers your home is actually making it smell wonderful.
I bet if you asked him, he would be against dictatorships that arise out of communism. He’d tell you capitalism works, and then go on some tirade about America and values and “religious liberty” (so long as you aren’t a Muslim) and everything else. But this is where seemingly all Republicans have problems. They want to make government small, but only if it benefits them. They’re completely fine with government invading your personal life and telling you who you’re allowed to love, who you’re allowed to worship or what you’re allowed to do with your body. And if it’s convenient for them, they seek to manipulate court rulings as well.
It was well documented how much Republicans hated the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made marriage equality legal at the federal level. “Why do these people make the laws?” they asked. “Why don’t we let the voters decide?” they pondered. Well, it’s because that’s how it works, and I’m pretty sure the voters did decide.
I think every voter knows that the President is entrusted with many powers, and one of them is appointing Supreme Court judges, pending approval of the Senate. The voters decide who they want to be President, the voters in each state decide which two senators they want to represent them.
It’s also pretty funny how little talk there was of all this from the Republican side in 2008, when the Court ruled in Columbia v. Heller to protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms (despite the most overlooked line in all of the Constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I would argue that individual citizens do no represent a “well regulated militia,” but that’s just me). When it’s something they agree with, they talk about upholding the Constitution and individual freedoms. When it’s something they disagree with, individual freedoms be damned, everyone has to do what they tell us to do.
That’s where we circle back to Sam Brown-stain-on-the-mattress, who is attempting to reshape the State Supreme Court purely because they are upholding laws he doesn’t like, such as striking down anti-abortion laws. They are so mad that they are threatening to take their ball and go home, by suspending all funding to the state courts. My parents would get upset with me if I acted like this when I was 12, much less an adult with a responsibility to the voters to protect all rights afforded to them in the Constitution.
Nowhere in the First Amendment does it say, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (unless you’re Muslim).” Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence does it say, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (unless you’re gay).”
This is what upsets me the most. The hypocrisy of these “religious freedom” bills and supporting wretched trolls like Kim Davis and defunding Planned Parenthood (even though the GOP front-runner is well aware that abortions make up a very small fraction of what they do. Seriously, how can that overgrown oompa loompa be the front-runner?) while simultaneously touting they’ll decrease the role of government is just pure snake-oil salesman tactics. This is also what scares me the most, because way too many people are buying into this crap.
I was so sure that when President Obama came out in favor of marriage equality that no one would ever hold that office again who didn’t share those beliefs. I was so sure that once 99 percent of scientists agreed on the harsh, man-made effects of climate change that real solutions would be brought forth. Then they named climate-change denier Ted Cruz head of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. I was so sure that when President Bush’s tax cuts were partially at fault for causing the worst recession in 30 years that we would finally have the rich start paying their fair share. But people like Sam what-can’t-Brown-do-for-you has me sincerely concerned that Kansas will end up with kids who were educated by 20 year old textbooks.
In the next couple of years, I am still hopeful for a great ideological shift in this country. As important as this election cycle is, the mid-terms in 2018 will be just as important. We cannot keep electing xenophobic demagogue’s to public office. We have to get the small-minded bigots out, and elect those who truly believe in equal rights. Maybe then the bigger problems of this planet, like climate change, mental health and gun violence, can be solved.
I am hopeful that one day even Republicans will accept the fact that white, black, Christian, Muslim, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter; underneath the flesh and skin our skeleton’s look the same. If they truly want to tout Republican values set forth by Abraham Lincoln, then they will follow through on their promise to get the government out of everyone’s way. I hope that one day, who we choose to love and what we choose to do with our bodies will be of little concern to the government. Because at the end of the day, if we aren’t allowed to be true to ourselves then we can never be true to those around us.
I hope for a day when they will realize that, despite the presence of people in this world who want to hurt us, that only love begets love. Banning people because of their religion or the color of their skin is not “protecting ourselves.” That is giving in to the fear that terrorists are trying to instill. We must be a beacon of inspiration, not an example of hate.