The New ERA: There They Go Again

I was never a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) for two reasons.  First, the Constitution provides for equal opportunity and second, I never saw the need to reduce my power by being equal to a man. 

In 1923, the first version of the ERA was introduced.  Until 1972, it was introduced frequently and then buried in committee.  In 1972, the ERA was passed by both houses of Congress and was sent to the states for ratification.  Even with a three-year extension to get the necessary number of states to ratify, the ERA of 1972 fell short. Since then, the amendment has been introduced and buried in committee several times.  This is a non-starter and a non-issue, so we shouldn’t care, right?  Wrong.

These folks never give up. That is, the lefties in this country comprise the Democrat party in the Congress and the Senate.  It’s not enough that the Constitution is gender neutral. Even the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, does not specifically say women can vote. It says, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” 

The Constitution is not designed to deal with every thing in our lives.  In fact, the purpose of the Constitution was to create a central government for relatively few enumerated rights and then for the states to be competitive about deal with the rest.  Justice Scalia comments often about the legislative process at the state level — about how the Founders wanted to have the states have their own character outside of the enumerated rights in the Constitution.  However, that’s not what the lefties want.  They know what’s best for you and they are going to give it to you. The lefties want government to be involved in every aspect of our lives from their perspective and they believe resurrecting the ERA is a way to further their leftist social agenda.  

The same lefties, with the help of the Supreme Court, which found a right to privacy in a twisted interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, want to insert the word sex into the Constitution to be interpreted to mean sexual behavior.  Don’t say it can’t happen — it can and it will if this amendment gets out of committee.  All the usual suspects are here, Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.)….and others — need I say more?  Here are the words that are causing all the controversy:

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

While on the surface, this looks harmless — if passed, gender issues would suffer the same scrutiny that race issues have been given by the courts over the years.  This amendment gives more powers to the court, and subtracts any equal amount from the states.

Under the new “Equality Amendment,” laws restricting behavior during pregnancy could be struck down because it would be singling out women as they are the only ones who can have babies.  This amendment, if passed and ratified, could construe all sorts of things as unequal treatment on “account of sex.”  The laws that govern restrictions on abortions could be overturned as the denial of rights, but also, warnings to women regarding smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy could be “abridged” and interpreted as a denial of rights. 

The Constitution was meant to be difficult to amend because it should not be easily changed for just any reasoning. I live in Georgia and we have an abomination of a constitution.  It was adopted in the 1980’s and has been amended hundreds of times. We might as well not have a Constitution if it is so fluid that is stands for nothing.   The more amendments, the more likely they can be used to pervert the rights of citizens and individuals, rather than enhance.

That leads to the issue of same-sex marriage.  If the Equality Amendment, today’s ERA, is passed it will open the door to overturn all the legislation in states that ban same-sex marriage. That is the real agenda here: to redefine marriage as a right given by government and that cannot stand.  This proposal is the next step in marginalizing traditional values that go beyond our Constitution.  Faith, family, value of life and marriage are not values that our government gives us., They are values that predate any government.The good news is there is time to act on this.  Contact the Judiciary Committees of the House and the Senate of the United States and let them know that you do not want the amendment to get out of committee.  It is a serious thing to amend the Constitution and it is not an easy thing to do and it shouldn’t be. 

We have equal opportunity under the law for everyone in this county.  How you use that opportunity depends on how hard you are willing to work and what choices you make in your life.  America isn’t perfect, but it is still the only place where with hard work and perseverance, anyone — male or female — can be successful.