“I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. President Ronald Reagan once uttered those famous words and once again the Obama administration has validated it in spades.
After their Friday the 13th directive to some 40,000+ school districts across America – in which they ordered schools to allow transgendered kids to use bathrooms of their choosing – the Obama administration felt the backlash and decided to do what they do best. Duck and cover then pass the buck. This time the buck passing involves claiming that the federal Department of Education received numerous queries from local school districts asking for guidance regarding transgendered bathroom utilization.
In other words, the administration only tried to help, hence validation of Ronald Reagan’s timeless adage.
As far as excuses go, it’s among the more condescending to come out of a White House that’s made condescension an art form. For this excuse to work, it’s necessary to believe that all across America educators were unable to put two and two together and figure out what to do when a transgendered kid needed to use the restroom. So, they called 1-800-USA-LEARN – no really, that’s the toll free US Department of Education Q&A hotline – for guidance. Or they sent a “help us we don’t know what to do” email to Washington.
Are we really a nation that’s slipped so far down the nanny state rabbit hole that collectively we feel the need to kneel in the direction of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as we beseech an answer from the Great and Powerful POTUS and/or his minions?
What were schools telling their transgendered students to do when it came to bathroom time before all those schools decided to contact the US Department of Education for marching orders?
Did not a single administrator, teacher, guidance counselor, etc. think that maybe, just maybe, it might be prudent to contact their county or state Department of Education and ask them before going all the way to the top?
It’s not like local school districts don’t have impressive brain trusts on the payroll capable of making these decisions.
In the state in which I reside (Maryland), our smallest school district is in the sparsely populated (around 21,000 people) Kent County, which is located on the idyllic eastern shore. Eight public schools serve the county. Subtract the cafeteria and janitorial staff employed at these schools, then add in credentialed employees at district headquarters in Rock Hall, MD (population 1,310), and you get 240 or so professional men and women with college degrees – many of them have a Master’s or higher level degree.
We’re supposed to believe that 240 working professionals, many with advanced college degrees, couldn’t figure out what to do with a child that needed to use the bathroom? What about much larger school districts with thousands of educated professionals on the payroll (San Diego Unified for example has approximately 6,500 teachers on staff and thousands more counselors and administrators)? We’re supposed to believe that all that academic horsepower couldn’t figure it out without calling on Washington for help?
As always, the Obama administration is full of it when they claim school districts came to them for help. Yes, they lied. Chances are not a single school district reached out to them. If any did, the number is few and chances are some Kool-Aid immersed functionary – and not school district leadership – is behind the phone call or email the Department of Education received. #SeniorSchoolLeadershipBlindsided.
If the Obama administration wants to play the we-didn’t-lie game, they are welcome to prove otherwise. Surely they have phone records. And copies of the emails. It’s put up or shut up time.