It’s as if the Senate Democrats are in a time warp.
They keep bring back the Equal Rights Amendment.
When it failing in the 1970’s, I voted for it.
Since then I have changed my mind.
The following email that I sent to my State Senator Pam Althoff explains why:
I’d like to run my thought processes on ERA past you, just in case the Dems decide to call for a vote.
In the 1970’s I compared the state equal rights section in our constitution to the amendment language.
I couldn’t see much difference.
And our constitutional language had been in effect since 1970 with no untoward effects I could see.
I also mailed a survey to every household and a good majority favored it.
So, I voted for ratification.
Later I figured out that the enforcement section was as important as the language itself.
And given the nutso decisions coming out of the Federal judiciary I changed my mind.
Now we have had over 43 years of seeing how the state equal rights section has been implemented by our state courts.
If there is gender discrimination in Illinois, that would seem to be adequate time for it to have been litigated.
Given the similarity of the state and proposed Federal constitutional language, I continue to think where the enforcement occurs is the key issue.
You know I don’t trust any government.
And the farther away from popular control the less I trust it.
There is nothing father away from voter control that the Federal courts.
I hope you will agree with my logic and vote against the Federal proposal.