Republicans Opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Prove Their Blatant Ignorance and Bigotry

pass-endaIt goes without saying that I enjoy a good political debate.  I especially love discussing controversial topics with the opposition (in a respectful way, of course) because I believe too often that “political correctness” trumps real public debate on issues that need candor and honesty.

However, there are certain topics for which there simply shouldn’t be any debate.  Human rights and civil rights are often subjects that you’ll see me get extremely passionate and angry about.  The reason for this is is pretty simple.  To me civil rights and human rights should be the simplest thing on which we should all agree.  If it’s a freedom or a right given to some, it should be a freedom and a right given to all.

Yes, it’s that simple.

So when I keep hearing that many Republicans oppose the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (a measure that would make it illegal to fire someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity) I have absolutely no patience for that kind of ignorance.

Especially when I read comments like those from a spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner who’s trying to make the pathetic argument that the passage of this legislation would cost jobs.  The spokesman said, “The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.”

But of course it will.  Isn’t that the fear-mongering talking point Republicans use for nearly everything?  “We can’t pass that, it’ll cost jobs!”

Republicans remind me of the Magic 8-Ball.  They have a handful of answers to everything and it really doesn’t matter which one they use.  Just “shake them up” and out comes whatever regurgitated talking point they feel like using — even if it makes absolutely no sense.

Opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has nothing to do with jobs.  I’ll say it again — any Republican opposition to ENDA has nothing to do with jobs.

Most of these bigots simply refuse to support any legislation that gives rights to homosexuals.  And that’s it.  The last thing most of these right-wing neanderthals wants to have happen is to be seen voting in favor of something that helps gay Americans.

Spin it how they want, but that’s the simple truth of it.

Their opposition has nothing to do with jobs, our economy or small businesses.  It’s just another example of Republicans blatantly supporting the continued discrimination of homosexuals.  And I’m absolutely sick and tired of it.

It’s 2013.  I can’t believe we’re still having a “debate” over basic civil rights.  It’s completely and totally asinine.

And, as always, it appears the Senate will actually pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act but it will ultimately die in the House.  It will be just another example where two-thirds of our government supports something and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives kills it.

I’m so absolutely sick and tired of this.   It’s really like the ass-end area of a dog being the part that controls where it’s going.

There are currently 29 states where it’s legal to be fired for being gay—in 2013!   It’s insane that people can be fired from their job, not because of the quality of their work, but because of what they do (legally) in their own private lives.

And let’s not forget, most Republicans opposed repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  I have no doubt in my mind that if they had the power to, they’d still deny the right for homosexuals to serve in our military.

So when these bigots say their opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is about “saving jobs,” they’re completely full of crap.

These Republicans simply refuse to support any legislation which might provide equal rights to gay Americans.  And that’s it.  It has nothing to do with jobs and everything to do with their continued attack on the civil rights of the homosexual community.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Justin

    More like opposing the bill would cost jobs. If my job security were threatened, I’d move somewhere where that wasn’t an issue. For a long time, this has been Canada. My country has done so many things that republicans are terrified of happening and we are still here. Same sex marriage – legal, social health care – legal, abortion – controversial but legal etcetera. Canada has not been wiped off the face of the planet, nor gone bankrupt… So what’s so scary?

    • Darkthunder

      To put it simply, “America is not the greatest country in the world”. Not with neanderthals such as these in charge.

  • Evolved Primate

    I’m getting really sick of all the insults thrown at Neanderthals. They were intelligent beings with advanced technology. They were NOT republicans. Especially if you consider how they most likely interbred with Homo Sapien. Obviously, not republican.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I would love to hear an explanation of how this would cost jobs. How would making it illegal to fire someone for an aspect of who they are (much like race, gender, disability, which is already covered) cost America jobs? I’m trying to be creative and think how. All I’ve been able to come up w is: Fred works for company X. Fred’s boss has a major case of homophobia and decides that he can’t have “a queer” like Fred working for him. Now, if that becomes illegal he can’t just fire Fred and hire someone straight. Instead he can use “downsizing”, fire Fred, do away with his position (at least until its clear that its needed and then either bring in a consultant or bring back the position once enough time has passed that they aren’t required to attempt to bring Fred back.
    That could hurt jobs, but not a good argument. “Well, if we don’t outright allow prejudice then some people will still find ways to exercise their bias, so we’re just best allowing them to do so and not cause inconveniences to anyone but the victim of discrimination.”

  • Bonnie

    Oh, it’ll cost jobs all right. It’ll cost Republicans their jobs if they pass it. Those are the jobs he’s referring to. The GOP will lose seats and they can’t have that. Boehner just wants job security – like everyone else.

    I’m just really tired of the GOP. Very tired. And don’t even make me think about the Tea Party people. Ughhhh!!

  • Tamarack

    Since when does the GOP care about jobs anyway? They haven’t done one damn thing to create jobs yet, despite all their talk. Your magic 8 ball analogy is perfect.

    “I dressed as a jobs bill for Halloween and never left the house.”