You can always tell when Democrats i.e. progressive socialists, are threatened because they feel the need to change the national conversation. At this time, Democrats are terrified of the rollout and horrific details emerging about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. Therefore, as the Monty Python crew had to do when facing the Killer Rabbit in The Holy Grail, they must run away! Run away!
So now the US Senate under Harry Reid is pivoting to something called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a completely political act. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already stated she will seek a discharge petition to force this to a vote on the House floor. The purpose of ENDA is to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.
It’s important to note, since 1964, federal law has protected Americans from discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin.
But according to an op-ed piece in USA Today by Ralph Reed:
The Senate is about to add a new, special right based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is bad public policy and should be rejected.
Just like every American, Reed agrees workplace discrimination in all its ugly forms should be eliminated and believes in respecting the individual’s essential dignity. But Mr. Reed offers his own testimonial:
I have worked with and hired gay employees my entire career. But ENDA criminalizes hiring and promotion based on the subjective criteria of sexual orientation and gender identity — an often fluid standard that can be known only by violating an employee’s right to privacy.
Employers, including schools, would be required to allow men to show up for work dressed as women, or women as men. Personal objections aside, this is an unnecessary disruption of the workplace. Society doesn’t need tutoring by Washington politicians on this issue.
Currently, at least 21 states and hundreds of cities and counties ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Furthermore, 80% of Fortune 500 companies have adopted similar policies. The number of discrimination actions in states that prohibit hiring decisions based on sexual preference is miniscule, suggesting it doesn’t require federal policing.
So readers, here is the pertinent question. Why did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid push this bill when he knows it’s dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled House? There is only one explanation: politics. It is the politics of manipulation and deception. It is the politics of energizing gay donors and activists while portraying Republicans as intolerant, as President Obama did with same-sex marriage in 2012. It is the politics of distracting the American people from what really matters: healthcare coverage cancellations, a failing economy, exploding debt, the burgeoning welfare nanny-state, rising gasoline prices, and failed foreign policy along with a decimated US military.
The bottom line is that Democrats truly believe the American people to be just that stupid that we’ll fall for another trick and look one way while they go another. We don’t need to be focusing on men being able to dress like women in the workplace. We need to focus on all Americans having a place to go to work.