Modern American conservatism runs entirely on a constantly churning engine of grievances and imagined victimhood. Every day, Republican politicians wake up and look for some inane culture war issue to bleat on about, whipping their supporters into a rage in the process. It’s a strategy that has served them well over the past few decades.
Republican voters end up so distracted by the ludicrous idea that liberals are trying to destroy America that they fail to notice GOP officials selling them out to line the pockets of wealthy donors, massive corporations, and themselves. The GOP won’t help Americans get healthcare, but they will convince them that there’s a “War on Christmas” and other such nonsense.
Today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to cultivate some pointless outrage. He whined that the Supreme Court has given away “half of Oklahoma, literally” and ominously predicted that Manhattan is “next.” The tweet was dripping in the kind of paranoia that’s taken deep root in the GOP under Trump.
The perenially bad faith senator was referring to the Supreme Court’s ruling today that the eastern half of Oklahoma can be considered Native American territory. It gives the Muscogee Nation more control of meting out justice and means that serious criminal charges in the region can no longer be brought by the state of Oklahoma against resident Native Americans. The federal government will still have such power.
“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law. Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee.
The decision honors treaties between the U.S. government and Native Americans and is in perfect keeping with the Constitution, something that Cruz only respects when it suits his partisan purposes. Republicans like Cruz will rant on and on about our founding document, but the moment it leads to a decision they disagree with they’re more than willing to ignore it.
Neil Gorsuch & the four liberal Justices just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally.
Manhattan is next. https://t.co/Ic9gqqznJp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 9, 2020
Cruz soon found himself inundated with mockery.
The guy who nominated him must be a real moron, huh?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 9, 2020
when you're an immigrant from canada maybe you should sit this one out?
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 9, 2020
Maybe Oklahoma should have respected the treaty the USA signed with the Creek tribe instead of trying to pretend it doesn't exist?
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) July 9, 2020
can we give you back to canada
— kilgore trout, suburban female understander (@KT_So_It_Goes) July 9, 2020
Giving it away to people from whom land was stolen, and whose sovereignty is protected by a treaty the very Senate you serve in passed according to the ratification approval process in the Constitution?
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) July 9, 2020
your state has natives who can read this Tedward
— Climate Doomer (@MenshevikM) July 9, 2020
— Colin Taylor (@ColsBols) July 9, 2020
Cruz hates our Constitution
He's the kind of guy who is not only a traitor to the Constitution and the country, Cruz is a traitor to his own wife and father
The stain will never wash off
What a pathetic little man
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) July 9, 2020
Get your butt off Twitter and clean out your voicemail box. Then, call the phone company and increase your capacity. I am tired of trying to call your office, havimg to listen to your voice & then hearing your vm is full AGAIN.
Get to the job we pay you for. You're not trump.
— Flo. Kiss my grits. (@VeraGorman) July 9, 2020
It’s called honoring a treaty, but I wouldn’t expect you to understand honor.
— csd (@csd) July 9, 2020
Oh no, the USA might have to start accounting for the injustices it's perpetrated against Native peoples?!?!?
I guess to a bigot like you, that would be a problem.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) July 9, 2020
You can't actually give away something that wasn't yours to begin with.
— 😷 Bibliobibuli. Hygge is my ikigai. 😷 (@fowerli) July 9, 2020
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