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U.S. Senate or Insane Asylum?

Posted on | July 10, 2013 | 47 Comments

At Memeorandum, I saw this headline:

HISTORIC: Senate panel
advances trans-inclusive ENDA

Perhaps you thought the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill was the craziest thing the Senate could ever do, but obviously you were wrong.

What this legislation would do is to make it a federal crime to discriminate in the workplace against the “transgendered.” And you may think to yourself, “Well, discrimination is bad and I’m not prejudiced or homophobic or anything” and shrug it off. So what?

If you are indifferent to ENDA in this manner, then quite clearly (a) you don’t know how “discrimination” law actually works in the modern workplace, and (b) you lack sufficient imagination to contemplate the potential consequences. Suppose you’re Sam, the loading dock foreman at a large hardware store — Home Depot, let’s say — and you’ve got a crew of four guys whose job is to unload the trucks as they arrive each day. Driving forklifts, hauling pallets of merchandise off trucks and moving them around the store so the items can be put on the shelves. One morning you arrive for work and here comes your crew man Joe, wearing a dress, wig and makeup.

“Morning, Sam.”
“Joe? What the –”
“I’m not Joe anymore. Call me Delores.”
“What the hell are you talking about Joe?”
“Sam, I’m Delores now. If you call me ‘Joe’ one more time, I’m afraid I’ll have to report you to Human Resources.”
“Human resources? But . . . I don’t understand.”
“It’s simple, Sam: For years, I’ve lived with this secret — a woman, trapped in a man’s body — but I’m not hiding it any more.”
“But Joe . . .”
“OK, whatever — Delores. But this is just crazy. I’ve known you since high school. We played baseball and went fishing together. And what about your wife and kids?”
“They’re entirely supportive. As a matter of fact, we got the idea this weekend, watching the news together.”
“Watching the news?”
“Yeah, there was a gay guy who sued his company under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. His boss got fired and he got a $250,000 settlement. Civil rights and stuff.”
“So you’re wearing a dress now?”
“Yeah, you like it?”
“Hell no. I mean, you’re six-foot-three and 270 pounds. Your legs aren’t even shaven. You look ridiculous.”
“Ridiculous, huh? How long have I been working here, Sam?”
“Three, four years.”
“And when was the last time I got a raise?”
“Well, your last evaluation — I dunno. What? October, I think. It was 75 cents more an hour, right?”
“Sixty-five cents, Sam. Sixty-five f–king cents.”
“OK. right — now I remember. What’s your point?”
“My point is, I’m tired of being victimized by your transphobia.”
“Trans-what? Have you gone nuts, Joe?”
“F–k you, Sam. I know my rights. I’m going to Human Resources. This kind of discrimination has got to stop!”
“But Joe . . .”
“It’s Delores! Hater!”

As far-fetched as that scenario may seem, no one in 1965 ever imagined that claims of “discrimination” and “sexual harassment” — and the fear of such claims — would result in the situation now so widespread, where lawsuits and threats of lawsuits are a sort of constant threat of blackmail, where disgruntled employees make complaints knowing full well that companies are reluctant to go to court to defend against such claims. Instead, nine times out of 10, the complaining employee is given what’s informally called “go away money,” a settlement usually equivalent to a year’s salary, just so the company can rid itself of the legal nuisance.

Oh, and guess what happens to your insurance premiums when “non-discrimination” means that you must hire transsexuals and cover the cost of their surgery and other treatments?

People who shrug their shoulders about ENDA and other such nonsense, or who hesitate to denounce it because they don’t want to seem prejudiced, have no idea how all this talk about “fairness” and equality” actually operates, once it becomes law and people start getting sued or fired over flimsy claims of “discrimination.”



  • Freddy At Night

    Reckon ENDA is really more about restrooms and locker rooms…

  • Matthew W

    It’s that scene from “Life of Brian”:

    I don’t want to be called Stan, I want to be called Loretta. It’s my right as a man to be a woman………………….

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    The terms “U.S. Senate” and “insane asylum” are not mutually exclusive. Or rather, not all insane asylums are the U.S. Senate, but the U.S. Senate is an insane asylum.

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  • Bob Belvedere

    Well done, Stacy.

  • giantslor

    I’m here for the schadenfreude.

  • Finrod Felagund

    My main beef with Roger Waters’ Fletcher Memorial Home was that he was putting some of the wrong people in there.

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  • richard mcenroe

    The US Senate is made up almost entirely of lawyers, and, as best we can tell, pedophiles and whoremongers. What else can we reasonably expect from them? But I’d be surprised if this legislation has much effect on Senate staffing practices. Another “law for thee, but not for me.”

    On the upside, I remind myself of the latter days of the Restoration in England, when the “elites” went out of their way to shock and offend the “cits”, or working and business class of England… until the latter stood on their necks.

  • Scribe of Slog (McGehee)

    U.S. Senate or Insane Asylum?

    You misspelled “is an.”

  • Richard McEnroe

    What would be funny as hell would be a tranny running for Senate, losing, and then using this law to DEMAND he be appointed to the seat because the voting public was obviously prejudiced against him.

  • Richard McEnroe

    And remember, kids, “tranny” is just one letter away from TYRANNY!

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  • DaveO

    Congress will exempt itself, and the Dems will never allow transgendered folk on their staff. But some of illustrious GOPers like McCain or Graham will hire a couple of them to show America that the GOP is ready to lose the transgender vote for the remainder of the nation’s life. A pattern so common even the rubes aren’t fooled any more.

  • rmnixondeceased

    Might I suggest Leavenworth?