FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
You will be made to care
At some point, those of you on the right who have completely ceded the field to the Democrats on so-called social issues will need to confront an uncomfortable reality. There is no floor to the licentiousness of the statist social-engineering agenda. We will not have a liberty-driven prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society. We can only go so far with government-sanctioned and mandated gender-bending policies without destroying liberty. Hence, you will be made to care.
As early as next week, the Senate plans to reintroduce the deceptively named Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S.815, which essentially invites lawsuits on private employers who refuse to accommodate the subjective and transitory behavior of various “gender identities” – among them transsexuals and transvestites. For the purpose of the bill, the term “gender identity” refers to “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”
Most egregiously, the leftists, who refer to this steaming pile as the next Civil Rights Act, are implicitly comparing African Americans to the aforementioned groups. They are creating a protected class for people who suffer from a mental illness and think they are the opposite gender.
Imagine you are a small business owner, and one day a cross-dressing individual shows up and agitates for a job, and regardless of your beliefs or business, you can’t say no to their obvious socially discordant appearance. Think of a scenario where a person shows up and demands he-she use the opposite gender bathroom at the office? Imagine a female employee complains to you that a male worker is harassing her in the bathroom (this is already happening in schools) because “they” chose to identify one way, but act another? Imagine you run a day-care center and are confronted with a worker of either gender who openly engages in bizarre sexual-identity behavior around the children? If you choose traditional scientific understanding over political correctness, you would be fined under this bill by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Even the limited religious exemptions in Section 6 of this bill are only afforded to religious organizations, not privately owned businesses. This law makes it so that religious beliefs are to only be accepted in private, and it will be mandatory to accept these deviant private beliefs in public. Furthermore, once Congress conveys on these people a protected status, it’s easy to imagine the inevitable lawsuits against those “discriminatory” religious institutions. Not only is this reflective of government-mandated immorality, it represents an infringement on private property and private contracts.
In a sane world, something this radical would only garner a few votes. But Washington is insane, and as is the case with every legislative issue, every Democrat is now in lockstep with this radical social engineering. That includes the weaselly Senator Joe Manchin, who talks one way in West Virginia but acts diametrically opposite in D.C. And once again, of the usual cast of characters of “Sometimes Republican” already support the bill, including Senators Orrin Hatch, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski. A number of others are also in play, including Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and the GOP Leadership’s beloved Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who both voted for it in the House when the Pelosi Congress passed it in 2007 (it failed in the Senate). Don’t expect Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn to speak out against this or whip for our side on cloture. They hide in the shadows when anything contentious to the floor.
The Senate plans to go full steam ahead with this nonsense next week even as millions of Americans are suffering under Obamacare.
This is yet another example of my working thesis that Democrats have a super majority on even the most radical ideas in the Senate.
It’s time we stop cowering under the covers and call a spade a spade. When we’ve reached the point where individuals are forced by the boot of government to accommodate those who cut off their body parts, we’ve got a serious problem. You can only go so long with government-induced deracination of basic norms without coming into conflict with individual liberty. When there is no longer a definitive line between a male and a female, we can no longer function as a free society.
To my dear libertarian friends – you will be made to care.
Cross-posted from The Madison Project