Another Reason to leave Massachusetts for Pennsylvania: Abnormal vs Normal

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Another Reason to leave Massachusetts for Pennsylvania: Abnormal vs Normal

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Dur­ing my time in Lan­caster PA last week I didn’t really have any time to go any­where or do much of any­thing as I was con­stantly doing inter­views (the last 11 of them are still upload­ing as I type this) except for din­ner with DaW­ife in the evenings. On the day we drove back how­ever we stopped at a farm­ers mar­ket in Bird in the Hand and at the famous Bird in the Hand Restau­rant and Smörgås­bord for break­fast.

Our wait­ress was enthralled by my sto­ries of cov­er­ing now Pres­i­dent Trump dur­ing the cam­paign and I was enthralled by the place (the food is spec­tac­u­lar) , the peo­ple in it (her included) and Lan­caster itself for one impor­tant reason.

It was so Nor­mal.

I spoke to her about how, horse and bug­gies in the streets not with­stand­ing, nor­mal it was and how won­der­ful it was to be in a place that is nor­mal sur­rounded by nor­mal peo­ple act­ing in nor­mal ways.

I’m 55 years old life­long Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dent which means I’m old enough to remem­ber when Mass­a­chu­setts was nor­mal, when being nor­mal was con­sid­ered a virtue and stat­ing basic truths was not a crime that could get you fired from a job or the sub­ject of a law­suit. It was hard to explain just how abnor­mal things have become here but last week the Mass­a­chu­setts leg­is­la­ture did it’s best to illus­trate the point for me.

It seems that in the grand tra­di­tion of pass­ing last minute leg­is­la­tion to keep the pub­lic from see­ing what they are doing the Mass­a­chu­setts House was try­ing to qui­etly pass a piece of leg­is­la­tion that the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent had eas­ily passed in the upper cham­ber by a vote of 361 adding a third gen­der “gen­der X” to Mass­a­chu­setts Dri­vers licences.

The bill was spon­sored by Sen. Karen Spilka, who said the pro­posal rec­og­nizes the rights of trans­gen­der individuals.

“Every­one should be free to live their lives in the way they feel most com­fort­able,” the Ash­land Demo­c­rat said. “For those who do not fit neatly into the tra­di­tional cat­e­gories of ‘male’ or ‘female,’ a non­bi­nary option is a sim­ple way to ensure their ID matches their true lived gen­der identity.”

Demo­c­ra­tic Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Har­ri­ette Chan­dler called the mea­sure “a com­mon sense pol­icy for modern-​day Massachusetts.”

Spilka, who is in line to replace Chan­dler as the new Sen­ate pres­i­dent next month, said she decided to file the bill after hear­ing from a con­stituent urg­ing her to push for the change.

Strange how if it’s such com­mon sense nobody seemed to notice all these other gen­ders until just a few years ago.

Given that pre­tend­ing there are more than two gen­ders is a sine non qua these days to be a demo­c­rat leader in Mass­a­chu­setts, not to men­tion nation­wide, it was no sur­prise that Spika, the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent in wait­ing who might want national office, would push this bill in the Sen­ate. With the Demo­c­rat super-​majority in the house and a GOP gov­er­nor des­per­ate to prove that’s he’s just as woke as the next guy (if you’re allowed to say “guy”) was a mere for­mal­ity and Ms. Spilka would have a lib­eral badge of honor to help her to a national posi­tion in the party if she wanted it.

So the house lead­er­ship on the very last day of the ses­sion while I was in PA brought up the bill hop­ing to pass it quickly and qui­etly in the bus­tle of last minute business.

Then came GOP House mem­ber Jim Lyons who has a his­tory of shin­ing the light of real­ity in the cham­ber:

Jim Lyons is often described as an arch-​conservative. After all, he is the rep who a few years back forced the state to admit that it annu­ally doled out $1.8 bil­lion in wel­fare pay­ments to ille­gal immi­grants. The Democ­rats have never for­given him for that.

Lyons of course didn’t have to power to defeat the bill but he DID have the power to offer amend­ments and so he decided to use that power. Gen­der X? Aren’t there 73 gen­ders accord­ing to face­book? Why should only Gen­der “X” be recognized?

I’ll let Howie Carr pick up the story from here:

Lyons began fil­ing his affirmative-​action amend­ments. Num­ber 6 added as a gen­der “cis.” Amend­ment 9 — cis female, 13 — cis woman, 14 — cis­gen­der female, 18 — cis­gen­der woman …

By now, on the floor of the House, puz­zled Democ­rats were com­ing up to Lyons, ask­ing him what he was doing.

We can’t dis­crim­i­nate, he archly informed them. This is Mass­a­chu­setts. Gen­der is an evolv­ing par­a­digm, to coin a phrase. All gen­ders must be pro­tected. Equal pro­tec­tion under the law.

Amend­ment 21 — gen­der fluid, 22 gen­der non-​conforming, 23 gen­der ques­tion­ing, 25 gen­der vari­ant, 26 genderqueer …

In all, 73 gen­ders, 73 amend­ments to Spilka’s bill.

Under House rules, Lyons would have 10 min­utes to debate each gen­der he pro­posed to add to the driver’s license. And then three min­utes for a roll call vote, 73 times.

by the time Amend­ment 35 was filed the house decided that actual busi­ness of the state had to take prece­dence over virtue sig­nal­ing so at 10:45 PM last Tues­day, while I was get­ting by to my hotel room with DaW­ife in Penn­syl­va­nia, the bill was with­drawn and died with the end of the leg­isla­tive session.

But the icing on the cake was his response to a reporter upset by his actions:

“Are you say­ing you want to leave some gen­ders behind?”

The folks at Pow­er­line are still wor­ried

It’s a great story. But satire is hard these days. My fear is that Rep. James Lyons may unin­ten­tion­ally have given us a pre­view of dri­vers’ licenses of the future.

It’s a fair point, after all if Lyons hadn’t stood up this would not be the law of the state, but there is one impor­tant thing to consider

I think not and here’s why.

If this bill was a no cost bit of virtue sig­nal­ing then the leg­is­la­ture would not have kept it for the last hours of the last day of the leg­isla­tive ses­sion to bring it before the house. They would have passed it in the light of day with cam­eras rolling and com­men­ta­tors from CNN and MSNBC there to inter­view the noble leg­isla­tive heroes who fought for the cause of gen­der x.

But the Democ­rats in the house know how many gen­ders there really are and so do the votes back home and while in Boston and Cam­bridge et/​al this might be an easy vote, for a demo­c­rat with­out lead­er­ship or national ambi­tions who has to actu­ally face nor­mal peo­ple and ask them for their vote being on record 73 times to enshrine 73 made up gen­ders from gen­der non-​conforming to inter­sex woman might not play as well with actual vot­ers back home as it would at Netroots.

That’s the dirty lit­tle secret here, The Demo­c­rat lead­ers and mem­bers in the house and Sen­ate know what nor­mal is, just like the wait­ress at the Bird in the Hand does but those lead­ers don’t have to courage to say it aloud.

I can’t wait to go back to Penn­syl­va­nia and if you are a Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dent with young chil­dren who doesn’t want to deal with this any­more, I’d sug­gest it might be a much bet­ter place to raise a family.


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Our Waitress in Bird in the Hnad

During my time in Lancaster PA last week I didn’t really have any time to go anywhere or do much of anything as I was constantly doing interviews (the last 11 of them are still uploading as I type this) except for dinner with DaWife in the evenings. On the day we drove back however we stopped at a farmers market in Bird in the Hand and at the famous Bird in the Hand Restaurant and Smorgasbord for breakfast.

Our waitress was enthralled by my stories of covering now President Trump during the campaign and I was enthralled by the place (the food is spectacular) , the people in it (her included) and Lancaster itself for one important reason.

It was so Normal.

I spoke to her about how, horse and buggies in the streets not withstanding, normal it was and how wonderful it was to be in a place that is normal surrounded by normal people acting in normal ways.

I’m 55 years old lifelong Massachusetts resident which means I’m old enough to remember when Massachusetts was normal, when being normal was considered a virtue and stating basic truths was not a crime that could get you fired from a job or the subject of a lawsuit. It was hard to explain just how abnormal things have become here but last week the Massachusetts legislature did it’s best to illustrate the point for me.

It seems that in the grand tradition of passing last minute legislation to keep the public from seeing what they are doing the Massachusetts House was trying to quietly pass a piece of legislation that the Senate President had easily passed in the upper chamber by a vote of 36-1 adding a third gender “gender X” to Massachusetts Drivers licences.

 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Karen Spilka, who said the proposal recognizes the rights of transgender individuals.

“Everyone should be free to live their lives in the way they feel most comfortable,” the Ashland Democrat said. “For those who do not fit neatly into the traditional categories of ‘male’ or ‘female,’ a nonbinary option is a simple way to ensure their ID matches their true lived gender identity.”

Democratic Senate President Harriette Chandler called the measure “a common sense policy for modern-day Massachusetts.”

Spilka, who is in line to replace Chandler as the new Senate president next month, said she decided to file the bill after hearing from a constituent urging her to push for the change.

 

Strange how if it’s such common sense nobody seemed to notice all these other genders until just a few years ago.

Given that pretending there are more than two genders is a sine non qua these days to be a democrat leader in Massachusetts, not to mention nationwide, it was no surprise that Spika, the Senate President in waiting who might want national office, would push this bill in the Senate. With the Democrat super-majority in the house and a GOP governor desperate to prove that’s he’s just as woke as the next guy (if you’re allowed to say “guy”) was a mere formality and Ms. Spilka would have a liberal badge of honor to help her to a national position in the party if she wanted it.

So the house leadership on the very last day of the session while I was in PA brought up the bill hoping to pass it quickly and quietly in the bustle of last minute business.

Then came GOP House member Jim Lyons who has a history of shining the light of reality in the chamber:

 

Jim Lyons is often described as an arch-conservative. After all, he is the rep who a few years back forced the state to admit that it annually doled out $1.8 billion in welfare payments to illegal immigrants. The Democrats have never forgiven him for that.

 

Lyons of course didn’t have to power to defeat the bill but he DID have the power to offer amendments and so he decided to use that power. Gender X? Aren’t there 73 genders according to facebook? Why should only Gender “X” be recognized?

I’ll let Howie Carr pick up the story from here:

Lyons began filing his affirmative-action amendments. Number 6 added as a gender “cis.” Amendment 9 — cis female, 13 — cis woman, 14 — cisgender female, 18 — cisgender woman …

By now, on the floor of the House, puzzled Democrats were coming up to Lyons, asking him what he was doing.

We can’t discriminate, he archly informed them. This is Massachusetts. Gender is an evolving paradigm, to coin a phrase. All genders must be protected. Equal protection under the law.

Amendment 21 — gender fluid, 22 gender non-conforming, 23 gender questioning, 25 gender variant, 26 genderqueer …

In all, 73 genders, 73 amendments to Spilka’s bill.

Under House rules, Lyons would have 10 minutes to debate each gender he proposed to add to the driver’s license. And then three minutes for a roll call vote, 73 times.

by the time Amendment 35 was filed the house decided that actual business of the state had to take precedence over virtue signaling so at 10:45 PM last Tuesday, while I was getting by to my hotel room with DaWife in Pennsylvania, the bill was withdrawn and died with the end of the legislative session.

But the icing on the cake was his response to a reporter upset by his actions:

“Are you saying you want to leave some genders behind?”

The folks at Powerline are still worried

It’s a great story. But satire is hard these days. My fear is that Rep. James Lyons may unintentionally have given us a preview of drivers’ licenses of the future.

It’s a fair point, after all if Lyons hadn’t stood up this would not be the law of the state, but there is one important thing to consider

I think not and here’s why.

If this bill was a no cost bit of virtue signaling then the legislature would not have kept it for the last hours of the last day of the legislative session to bring it before the house. They would have passed it in the light of day with cameras rolling and commentators from CNN and MSNBC there to interview the noble legislative heroes who fought for the cause of gender x.

But the Democrats in the house know how many genders there really are and so do the votes back home and while in Boston and Cambridge et/al this might be an easy vote, for a democrat without leadership or national ambitions who has to actually face normal people and ask them for their vote being on record 73 times to enshrine 73 made up genders from gender non-conforming to intersex woman might not play as well with actual voters back home as it would at Netroots.

That’s the dirty little secret here, The Democrat leaders and members in the house and Senate know what normal is, just like the waitress at the Bird in the Hand does but those leaders don’t have to courage to say it aloud.

I can’t wait to go back to Pennsylvania and if you are a Massachusetts resident with young children who doesn’t want to deal with this anymore, I’d suggest it might be a much better place to raise a family.


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