Deirdre Reilly, LifeZette
Led by Obama, they’re out of control — but pushback has begun and must continue.
Obama’s inauguration in 2008 should have instead been a coronation. He is crowning himself the King of America with his latest decree issued last Friday via a letter to the nation’s public schools, directing them to immediately fall in step with the LGBT agenda and make any and all bathrooms available to transgender students.
Multiple states are now standing up to the presidential bathroom decree.
The administration is turning the most private of the daily occurrences of schoolchildren — bathroom visits — into a battleground of not just sexual identity, but public safety.
Individual states are fighting back, reclaiming their power guaranteed under the Constitution — which to this administration is just another piece of parchment paper under glass in D.C., not a living document limiting federal powers and endowing inalienable rights to every citizen.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump needs to draw a line in the sand on this critical issue immediately. Diving in to this important issue with a New Yorker’s emphatic “get lost” to the Obama administration would help to cement his worthiness in the minds of many GOP leaders — and November voters.
So far, he has not done this. He said on the “Today” show in April that transgender people should use the bathroom they feel is appropriate. He shifted his opinion in May, saying on the same NBC program that the bathroom boondoggle was an issue for individual states to decide.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Breitbart News that Trump’s comments on the North Carolina bathroom lawsuit were “ambiguous,” saying, “It’s problematic because this is one of those issues of political correctness that has run amok — and he is trying to be the champion of fighting back political correctness.”
Trump needs to come out swinging, clearly condemning Obama’s actions and hammering home to Americans that more of the same is coming if Hillary Clinton is elected.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is looking out for his state. He tweeted, “I announced today that Texas is fighting this. Obama can’t rewrite the Civil Rights Act. He’s not a King.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also weighed in on Friday, telling reporters his state “will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.”
“This goes against the values of so many people,” he said. “This has everything to do with keeping the federal government out of local issues.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest sloughed off any outrage over the letter, saying the directives were purely “guidance” that was requested by schools across the country. He said it “does not add any additional requirements under the law.”
These are half-truths and misrepresentations from the agenda-mongers, while hard-working, tax-paying Americans get hit yet again.
While the letter does not have the force of law behind it, it does employ a default strategy that this administration has become extremely adept at — cutting off funding, the lifeblood of state programs and public education. The letter warns that schools that do not abide by the administration’s idea of civil rights under Title IX may lose federal aid or face lawsuits.
The ardent words of the administration’s mouthpieces when it comes to civil rights belie a complete power grab over those they consider inferior to them: the rest of us.
Patience, politeness, and pretending we can’t hear the bogey man at the door will not save the country.
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement, alluding to funding withdrawals to oppositional states.
Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick angrily dismissed the federal threat, saying the feds can “keep their 30 pieces of silver.”
In North Carolina, the governor of that state has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, accusing the government of “baseless and blatant overreach” in its lawsuit over bathroom laws.
Multiple states are now standing up to the presidential decree. Eight states have signed onto a brief to a federal appeals court asking to re-hear a case involving a Virginia transgender student’s bathroom rights: West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Maine, and North Carolina.
There are also declarations of dissent being made by other governors against the administration’s overreach via social media, including Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, and Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas tweeted, “I recommend that school districts disregard @POTUS’s ‘guidance on gender identification in schools.'”
This president has relentlessly misused the departments under his control that are run by adoring friends — the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice — to bully Americans and federalize the very fabric of the country, thumbing his nose at constitutionalists and asserting anyone who is against him is clinging to “guns and religion,” or is intolerant of others.
The stakes are too high for conservatives to stand idly by now, screaming into the wind while the country falls apart. States must engage in civil disobedience against this president, squashing a federal decree that will lower society and irreparably harm the nation’s children. Both sides of the bathroom battle are at the mercy of unintended consequences if they stay on their current path — if states don’t act, the culture drowns, and if King Obama keeps pushing, he will feel the wrath of those states.
Individual states, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, and all Christians must be courageous enough to go to battle against the forces that are changing the country, meeting this bathroom directive and all other administration sexual-identity power plays head-on. Patience, politeness, and pretending we can’t hear the bogey man at the door will not save the country.