Sunday, May 22, 2016
As national debates go, if there has ever been one as silly as the one regarding bathroom use for transgender people, I don't know what it is.
Talk about "borrowing trouble."
I don't know any transgender people, but I tend to believe they have been using public restrooms assigned to their current gender for years. I never thought about it before but I figure that's what has been happening and I strongly suspect, truth be told, they would just as soon carry on life without having attention called to them.
Here in Tennessee, our legislature considered a bill that would require schools to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms for the gender on their birth certificates. They wisely decided schools could address those matters without interference from the government and the bill died.
A teacher wrote to the local newspaper, stating just that, saying he didn't want to be checking birth certificates and he was confident the schools could handle it.
On the national level, President Obama pushed through another one of his executive orders, this one saying all public schools should allow students to use bathrooms for the gender "with which they identify" -- or something like that.
His extreme overreaching and abuse of the executive branch of government is every bit as absurd as what our state government considered and decided against.
He needs to stay out of it, just like our state government needed to stay out of it.
I bet, if we handle these matters on a case by case basis, it will all work out.
You want to boycott Target because of their announcement about rest rooms? Well go ahead and boycott Target. It's your right to do so.
I don't shop a lot at Target but, should I need something there, I plan to keep right on shopping there.
But I respect your right not to if their stance on bathrooms is too much for you. That's how the free market works and I can live that.
There are plenty of things to get worked up over. This isn't one of them.