ENDA, Cruz/Cornyn and the Wrong Side of History
Yesterday, the Senate, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, passed ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) 64-32. The bill would ban anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. This highlights that a civil rights struggle we have all been watching slowly but surely come to an end.
No shocker from Ted Cruz.
Of course, not everyone feels that way. Texas's two senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, voted against the bill, putting the Texas contingent on the wrong side of history. So it might be instructive for Cruz and Cornyn to look back at history and see how other politicians, intellectuals and opinion leaders, who voiced their opinion on important issues . . . and came out on the wrong side of history.
1. "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." Alabama Governor George Wallace (1963)
Note the rhetoric. Compare it to what comes out of Cruz's mouth.
2. "They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit." Chief Justice Roger Taney, Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).
3. "Never in the history of the world has any measure been brought here so insidiously designed as to prevent business recovery, to enslave workers and to prevent any possibility of the employers providing work for the people." Rep. John Taber (R-NY) (1935) talking about Social Security
4. "We must not allow ourselves to be deflected by the feminists who are anxious to force us to regard the two sexes as completely equal in position and worth." Sigmund Frued (1925).