In another shining non-bipartisan move geared toward taking rights away from LGBTQ American citizens, Republicans defeated a piece of legislation protecting the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of government contractors.
The bill was an amendment to a veterans and military construction bill introduced by New York Democrat Sean Maloney and initially had the proper amount of “yes” votes to pass as according to the House Chamber. However, House Republicans extended the time line allowed for the vote as they urged enough party members to alter their vote. This succeeded, as enough Republicans changed their “yes” votes to a “no”–effectively bringing the vote to 213 AGAINST vs 212 FOR the measure. All 183 Democrats and 29 Republicans initially voted YES in favor of the measure. All 213 final votes of “No” were cast by Republicans. After the measure was defeated, shouts of “SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!” erupted in the House of Representatives.
So the next time you hear Republicans complaining about how no one will work with them, remember this. And remember all the obstructionism that the Republican party has been engaged in ever since 8 years ago when President Obama came into the White House. 8 years Republicans have been doing their best to obstruct legislation that would better the lives of thousands, most likely millions of Americans. Obama Care, any piece of pro LGBTQ legislation, etc. And now the obstructionism and croneyism and irresponsibility that the Republican party has shown are now coming home to roost in the form of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. The American people, whether they recognize it or not, the ones who are angry, are upset at the lack of things being accomplished to help the American people–the reason for a great deal of this anger is the Republican members of the Senate and House (though this does not exclude the Democrats who also bear part of the responsibility). The crazy thing is that these same angry members of the population don’t see that the people they’re angry at are the ones that are members of the same group that they affiliate themselves with. I think the worst thing about all this is that these angry members of the population, a great number of them, are also not in favor of Gay Rights–and so united in this prejudiced, discriminatory view, the Republicans are still getting power and gaining votes based on one faulty worldview. This is why some people are saying that this election will be important for the evolution of humanity, I feel. We, the People, must stand up and remove the blinders of prejudice that we allow to influence our judgment–removing the veil of fear to make the correct decision is the most important decision any voter could make for this election and every one thereafter. Fear of gays, fear of Muslims, fear of the government…all this shit needs to be done away with and the first place to start is voting every single Republican out of office who votes in favor of anti-gay legislation or anti-religious freedom bills. Going beyond Republicans, Democrats who vote in favor of protecting corporations and who vote in favor of legislation taking power away from the people also deserve to be voted out. This calls for a complete Progressive sweep of the Senate and House of Representatives. The politicians in power have let the American people down time and time again. We can’t trust anything they say and they expect the people to not do a damn thing. FUCKING TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE ISSUES. TALK TO RANDOM PEOPLE ON THE STREET. START A BLOG. START A ZINE. WRITE, SING, MAKE ART ABOUT THE SHIT THAT FUCKING MATTERS. Stop fucking watching television that rots your brain. Reality TV is as far from reality as it gets. Sports are there to distract you and millions and billions of dollars are spent on that misdirection propaganda. When the news is talking about an emotional issue topic, take to the Internet to see what other news it’s covering up by making so much noise. You’re not blind, so help your friends to see.