The bathroom policy at Target has kicked off a National debate that has caused Obama to step in where he doesn’t belong: in our children’s schools.
Call it a teachable moment. The recent Obama administration letter sent to every single school district in America, informing them that public schools must ensure that transgendered students can use their bathroom of choice, was a teachable moment.
What was to be learned from the letter? On the surface, the obvious:
— It was a blatantly obvious move done to polarize the upcoming legal challenge to North Carolina’s HB2 law. And it served to threaten local school districts by in effect saying “see what we’re doing to North Carolina, you want some of that too?”. Thug tactics.
— Thug tactics employed on a Friday, which inside Washington is also known as data dump day. Whenever an administration releases news on a Friday, they do so in hopes that it will be buried by all the other end-of-the-week news, and then be promptly ignored as Americans begin their weekends. Fridays can be the best place to hide something in plain sight.
— It revealed the administration’s desperate attempt to find something to latch on to as a legacy. Obama’s been our anti-Midas for eight long years – everything he touches has turned to rust right before our eyes. With nine months left to go, no doubt he wants to be able to attach himself to something he thinks future generations will care about.
— It also revealed the intellectual shallowness of the Obama administration. With so many problems plaguing our world and nation, bathrooms are the most pressing thing they can devote themselves too? With so many things so wrong with so many of our public schools, the most important educational reform they feel competent enough to accomplish is lavatory reform? Talk about setting the bar low.
— Speaking of intellectual shallowness, the administration’s move is tailor made for left-leaning social media outlets like Fakebook, Salon, Vox, Democratic Underground, etc. If there aren’t fourteen memes out supporting the Obama letter, there will be before sundown.
— It requires teachers to talk about things like gender and sexuality with young children earlier than parents would want to. How else will a first grade teacher explain to Jenny why it’s okay when Ronald goes in the bathroom with her?
Less obvious though is the more worrisome lesson. A holistic review of the letter and its related topic ought to chill everyone who values freedom and liberty to the core.
Have we, the United States of America, become such an all-pervasive nanny state that we can’t figure out things like bathrooms without an executive edict coming down from on high? Have we become a nation of 320,000,000-ish human beings who feel we must raise our hands and wait for the President himself to say, “Yes, you may now use the restroom, so use the one on the left”?
Whose company does this place Obama’s America in? What other countries around the globe intrusively micromanage their citizens to the point of directing and then monitoring where they can and cannot use a restroom? None are pleasant places to live in.
If we’ve reached the point where the President of the United States can involve himself or herself in every urinal and stall from sea to shining sea, what’s next?
The answer doesn’t speak well for the content of our national character and it doesn’t bode well for our future.
This dog is also confused about his gender: