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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