Since the Trump era began, political discrimination has skyrocketed to new levels in America, causing unprecedented problems in society in the form of “cancel culture.”

The Liberal mob’s take-no-prisoners approach to eliminating the expression of conservative ideas and opinions has resulted in hundreds of people losing their jobs, businesses, friends, and families over their political beliefs.

Over the past four years, we’ve seen countless stories of Americans who were fired from their jobs for supporting Trump or sharing their conservative views publicly on social media. Yet, lawmakers have done little to combat this un-American behavior by employers who cave to the mob.

We’ve already achieved equal protections under the law for all Americans based on sex, race, color, creed, and national origin under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Other laws prohibit discrimination based off disability and age.

Now, it’s time we add political affiliation to the list.

It may sound redundant, considering that we have freedom of speech under the First Amendment, but political discrimination has become a massive problem that demands more protections for people who hold unpopular opinions.

Since our elected officials who serve at the federal level don’t seem to be acting on the issue, one unlikely state lawmaker has taken matters into her own hands.

Republican California State Senator Melissa Melendez introduced a legislation package to add employment and educational protections based on political affiliation.

The first part of Melendez’s package, Senate Bill (SB) 238, titled the “Diversity of Thought Act,” “aims to amend the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in the Government Code, by adding political affiliation as a protected class under California’s Anti-Discrimination laws,” a statement from the lawmaker’s office states.

SB 238 would effectively protect “California residents from discrimination when seeking employment opportunities or housing based on political affiliation.”

The second part of the legislation package, SB 249, would protect students in schools by amending the Education Code to include political affiliation which would “prohibit discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools,” Melendez’s statement reads.

Melendez says she created this legislation package because it is “unfathomable” to her “that corporations and members of the public would ruin a person’s career, business and family because of their political ideology.”

“A free society shouldn’t allow thoughts and ideas to be censored,” she added. “Free speech covers all speech, not just that with which you agree.”

This legislation should serve as a template for what all states should be considering amid the cancel culture crusade against conservative thought. The U.S. cannot allow political discrimination to continue, without consequence, as hundreds of Americans’ livelihoods are harmed as a result.