For the next stop in their quest for social justice, the Democrats are going back in time to the 1970s and attempting to dredge up the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
The ERA would become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution if it were ratified. The proposed amendment states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Someone should let the Democrats know that there already is a document that guarantees equality under the law—it’s called the Constitution. Maybe they should read it sometime.
The ERA came three states shy of being ratified in the 1970s. Congress made a ruling stating that the States had until 1982 to ratify the Amendment. If a total of 38 states failed to do so, the ERA would be dead in the water.
Now, the House Democrats are trying to revive the ERA by voting to scrap the 1982 deadline and allow the ratification to proceed without a deadline. Recently, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, however, the current law would require the process to begin all over again due to the time constraints placed on the process.
If approved, the ERA would fundamentally change American society. Writing for the Federalist, Inez Feltscher Stepman wrote, “Public restrooms and locker rooms remain for the most part sex-specific, as do women’s and men’s sports teams in public universities. To the extent that transgender students are controversially allowed to flout that bifurcation, they at least represent a tiny percentage of expectations. The ERA could make all public women-only spaces, dormitories, and teams completely co-ed, relieving mediocrely talented male athletes and typical 15-year old boys of the burden of having to claim to be transgender to blow female competitors out of the water and hang out in ladies’ showers.”
The Democrat members of the house went full feminist on Wednesday while giving floor speeches in defense of the ERA. Ayanna Pressley, the least-popular, most easily-forgotten member of “the Squad,” took to the lectern to deliver the following doozy of a statement:
“The year is 2020 and here we women are still in so many ways not fully free… In addition to pay discrimination, we face pregnancy discrimination, discrimination in the criminal legal system, sexual and domestic violence, and inadequate healthcare access.”
Then she took a shot at the Constitution itself: “This isn’t an accident. The American Constitution is sexist by its very design. This country’s laws have historically treated us like second-class citizens, depriving us of the right to vote, enter most jobs, and to own property.”
That statement is factually inaccurate in SO many ways. Women have never had it so good in this country. The unemployment rate for women is the lowest on record, women earn more college degrees than men, and women actually own the majority of wealth in the country.
Even though things weren’t always easy, women are doing just fine in the modern era. There is no need for a new constitutional amendment to protect them.
Additionally, there already is a version of the ERA in the Constitution. The 14th Amendment states: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; not deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
As per usual, the Democrats are constitutionally illiterate. They are trying to create a new class of victims because it’s about garnering votes and holding onto power, not advancing equality and freedom for everyone.
Don’t let them fool you into changing the Constitution.