Following last week’s pro-LGBT/anti-religious liberty ruling by Neil Gorsuch and five other justices occupying the bench of the “most conservative Supreme Court in history” that essentially rewrote Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to create an inalienable right to transgenderism, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) delivered a speech from the Senate floor where he lamented “the failure of the conservative legal movement.”
Calling the high court’s decision “seismic” and “historic” in scope, Hawley accused the justices of acting like legislators instead of judges, and he accused the Republican establishment of betraying the religious conservatives who voted for them of putting people on the bench who have abandoned the Constitution.
“The bargain has never been explicitly articulated, but religious conservatives know what it is. The bargain is that you go along with the party establishment, you support their policies and priorities — or at least keep your mouth shut about it — and, in return, the establishment will put some judges on the bench who supposedly will protect your constitutional rights to freedom of worship, to freedom of exercise. How has that worked out for us?”
While most likely unintentional, the “bargain” Hawley speaks of proves a point I’ve been making for some time now, especially where Donald Trump is concerned. The Fellowship of the Pharisees and the evangelical “sheep” who follow them have made a Faustian bargain with Trump and the GOP — trading their souls for a piece of political power.
There are those like Life Site News and others chanting the “vote Republican to save the courts” mantra who are praising Hawley for taking a conservative stand against the establishment. However, they are blind to the reality that he’s a big part of the problem when it comes to Washington and the Trump-era GOP.
Hawley — who garners an anemic 70% (C) Liberty Score® — is not a conservative. He’s a big-government nationalist who has adopted much of the anti-capitalist agenda of socialist Democrats. A few recent examples include:
- April 2019 – Hawley joined GOP Sen. Rick Scott — 67% (D) Liberty Score® — on a bill imposing price controls on prescription drugs. The bill was so socialist in application that it has been described as legislation that “could have been written by Bernie Sanders.”
- July 2019 – Hawley gave a keynote speech at the National Conservatism Conference where he attacked the upper-class as too “powerful,” and he called for “a new consensus” to address the “discontent of our time.”
- February 2020 – Hawley introduced an FTC overhaul bill I called a socialist’s dream. His tyrannical proposal will strip the agency of its independence and relocate it to the Department of Justice. The legislation will also give the Attorney General “all authority” to go after so-called “Big Tech.”
- June 2020 – Hawley joined fellow Republican Sens. Marco Rubio (61% (D) Liberty Score®), Mike Braun (not enough votes to create an accurate score), and Tom Cotton (70% (C) Liberty Score®) to introduce the Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act. This so-called “reform” to the Communications Decency Act targets social media platforms identified by Trump and the GOP as violators of the CDA for “censoring” conservative voices. In reality, it destroys the First Amendment by giving the White House and the Attorney General’s office new power to control internet content and target political enemies.
Near the end of his diatribe about the failed bargain between religious conservatives and the Republican Party, Hawley gave this word of advice:
“It’s not time for religious conservatives to shut up. No, we’ve done that for too long. No, it’s time for religious conservatives to stand up and to speak out.”
Ironically, and again unintentionally, the Missouri senator said something else I agree with.
As a Christian conservative, I won’t shut up. Instead, I will stand up and speak out against the frauds and spineless cowards populating the Republican Party . . . including Sen. Josh Hawley.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.