Well, eventually this topic was going to come up. It’s hard to avoid, especially with today’s newsfeed continually ticking off the latest Congressional blunders.
The diverse topics that fit into this category can be so emotionally charged that I waited a little while before adding any commentary. But I think some of the current political issues are worthy of discussion. I’d just like to keep it civil. Right now, I don’t see much civility on any side of these issues.
So, let’s start off with a note about the U.S. Constitution. This amazing, and actually short, document ensures a lot of protections for the citizens. What some don’t understand is that these protections only apply to the federal or state governments, not to the private sector. The Constitution is like a contact between the government, and its actors, and the people. The government cannot unreasonably infringe upon the rights guaranteed in the document.
This is why so many other federal laws exist. Laws such as the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. These anti-discrimination laws extend to both the public and private sectors.
None of these laws would have been enacted, but for, the private sector having exploited people. And now some of these laws are turned on their heads and have led to other forms of exploitation. We can have a little fun talking about that later.
So just this week, the House voted to essentially gut the main provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I don’t recall that being on any politician’s campaign platform during the election year. I don’t recall the public demanding such action. So why are politicians stripping away protections for the citizens to benefit big business? And why aren’t people paying attention? Read on to my first post in the politics section of my blog: “The Politics of Division.”