(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s become all too common in America. If a person or business says something that the woke Left doesn’t like, there’s a collective attempt to ruin reputations and livelihoods without a path to redemption. This form of intolerance is called “cancel culture.” It’s real, and to its victims, it feels devastating.
Republicans and Conservatives are now broad targets of the cancel culture as the Left tries to silence and sideline any opposition to their agenda. Now, one state senator says enough is enough and is attempting an out-of-the-box solution. But is it feasible?
Ban Cancel Culture Legally Through Political Protected Status
In many states, if not all, and the federal government, it’s illegal to discriminate against someone based on their race, gender, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and more. However, Calfornia Republican State Senator Melissa Melendez (R) says it’s time to ban discrimination based on political affiliation. Her proposed “Diversity of Thought Act” would protect a person from discrimination when seeking employment, loans, or housing.
In addition, Melendez also submitted another bill that would amend California’s education code to stop discrimination, bullying, harassment, and intimidation in schools based on political affiliation.
Political Cancel Culture Is Taking Over
Up until recently, Americans generally agreed that free speech was free speech and should be protected. Not long ago, many said they would protect one’s right to speak freely even if they disagreed with an opposing viewpoint. However, something is changing in America where it isn’t just politicians squaring off. Americans are now pitting themselves against one another, and it’s hurting people unnecessarily.
For example, in 2018, a homeowner refused to sell her house to anyone who supported Donald Trump. In the tech and entertainment industry, employees are filing lawsuits claiming they were fired, disciplined, or demoted because of their political views.
Unfortunately, first amendment protections don’t apply in private transactions or non-government employment. There are no legal consequences for political discrimination. For protections to apply, political beliefs or activities must be tied directly to religion, race or gender in some capacity.
By adding political affiliation as a protected class, Melendez believes it will play a role in restoring free speech and creating a healthy debate about her state’s direction. Will it pass in California? In a state overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats, probably not because they aren’t impacted by cancel culture.
However, don’t be surprised if similar bills start popping up in state legislatures across America. It seems California might still be setting new trends after all.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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