Man, is it a bad time to be a conservative in America.
Earlier last week, an important provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was upheld by the Supreme Court. Had it not been, it might have killed Obama’s trademark legislation altogether.
At the same time last week came the calls for the eradication of the Confederate flag — long viewed as a symbol for slavery, which once divided our nation and caused a bloody civil war.
And finally, in what will probably be one of the biggest decisions in our lifetimes, the Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that gay marriage is a right for all Americans as declared by the Constitution, no matter what state you live in.
For those who enjoy progression and equality, it’s been a pretty good last couple of weeks.
If it wasn’t for the close call and the divisiveness in the Supreme Court regarding the latter decision, those justices would be hailed as heroes. Time Magazine wouldn’t even have had a decision to make when deciding its 2015 Persons of the Year. But the four who voted against it, including Chief Justice John Roberts, were pretty adamant, as well as most of the Republican presidential candidates.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suggested getting rid of the Supreme Court. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wants a Constitutional amendment to reverse their decision. Texas Senator Ted Cruz called it “judicial tyranny.”
It’s amazing that this line of thinking is not only still happening in 2015, but that it’s being openly promoted by people who could potentially run this country.
On a lighter note, rainbows are making a comeback.
It was only a matter of time when gay marriage would be legalized in the United States. The vocal support among the masses– particularly on social media — has enhanced exponentially in the last several years, and it was becoming too ubiquitous for it to not become a reality sooner than later.
That universal support has been exemplified on Facebook, as people are draping their profile pictures with a rainbow overlay. It’s a nice show of solidarity, but it’s also making my eyes want to commit murder. Which, trust me, is possible. (Amirite Cyclops?)
I’ve always thought it would be cool to stand at the exact edge of where a rainbow forms, but now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of what it would be like, I think I’ll limit my rainbow activities to singling out its marshmallow counterpart when eating a bowl of Lucky Charms.Seriously, if you prefer any other marshmallow in that cereal, then you you need to seriously reevaluate your life. Especially if you’re favorite is the horseshoe. I just can’t respect you.
The fight for marriage equality will no doubt become a movie one day. Which is what made it even more fitting that, on Sunday — two days after the historic ruling — the annual (and previously scheduled) gay pride parades took place throughout the country. It was a perfect ending to the story.
Unfortunately, the backdrop for all of this was the memorial service for the nine victims of the Charleston church shootings, which also happened on Friday. If you haven’t seen it, Obama’s eulogy for the church pastor, Clementa Pinckney, is pretty incredible, capped with him singing Amazing Grace. Obama’s got some pipes.
As a nation, we are far from perfect. But at least right now, I can say I am pretty damn proud to be an American.
If for no other reason that it’s socially acceptable here to deep-fry pretty much any food before eating it.
Rainbows and deep-fried twinkies.