John McCain has once again proven himself to be just another far-right reactionary!
Despite the societal need for the Employment Non-discrimination Act, legislation that would prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, McCain had some concerns to discuss…like quotas. And Busing. And “reverse discrimination.”
“I think the young people know we do not need reverse discrimination, they don’t believe in quotas and they don’t believe in some of the programs we saw in the name of racial equality implemented in the past which turned out to be counterproductive. Ask people in Boston if busing turned out to be a good idea.”
That’s right–Mr. “Straight” Talk feels that legislation that actively opposes anti-gay discrimination is just as bad as busing…a practice that forced those poor “white schools” in the South to deal with those darker skinned kids. Now–busing had its issues, of course. Often, the schools to which African American students were “bused” often were very far from home. The “White flight” also presented a problem. After desegregation, many white (read: racist) families moved their children to private religious schools, or moved away entirely.
One might ask what, exactly, busing or quotas have to do with ENDA…
The short answer? They don’t have a thing to do, unless you have a mindset determined to allow this sort of discrimination to continue.
ENDA, in fact, prohibits “quotas” in Section 4:
John’s idiotic “reverse discrimination” claim is also proven, inside the legislation he has apparently never read, what he terms as “reverse discrimination”: the retaliation against people who openly express a desire to continue to allow anti-LGBT discrimination.
ENDA has some pretty strong backers, including McCain’s own wife, who signed a Human Rights Campaign postcard asking her husband to support the end of the wanton discrimination against people who have done nothing more than love a human being. McCain is “not sure” if he will support ENDA, but he says he respects his family’s views.
McCain’s typical invocation of the civil rights battle Conservatives have almost uniformly opposed, regardless of party, in our nation’s history simply cements John McCain’s position alongside Rand Paul as a soulless, bitter shell of a man who tries futilely to disguise his all-consuming bigotry.
ENDA is expected to have 57 backers in the Senate, once Senator-Elect Cory Booker takes office this week.
If you would like to see that number increase, please tell your Congressmen to support this very important legislation!