For the sake of this week’s lesson, we’re going to look at the word absurdity.
As in, the reaction of the Department of Justice, and specifically Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to North Carolina’s bathroom law, is absurd.
As in, the President Barack Obama plan to order the nation’s public schools to allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom or locker room they want, or face reprisals, is absurd.
In case you haven’t paid attention, Lynch has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina, at the heart of which is the right of the individual is deemed more important and sacrosanct than that of a state.
Which, if I take meanings at face value, is in direct contrast to what they’re on about in the first place, that being equality for all.
So, constitutionally, states have ultimate power, and just because the federal government stomps its foot and spins away in a huff doesn’t change that fact.
Absurd, like I said. The feds even threatened to withhold education funds, because they say that North Carolina’s HB2 violates Title IX, which is a law that the federal government passed to force equality in school sports.
Of course, the government wields those funds like clubs to force states to comply with their wishes and dreams of equality — sort of like “be equal, or we will make you less equal by cutting off your funds.” If you don’t think that game has been played, I will remind you of the 55-mph speed limit, and the .08 drunken driving BAC limit.
Which is how the federal government gets its way when it feels those upstarts at the state level are getting too frisky with the liberty.
Quite a few people feel that just because the feds pass a law, that makes them the boss. Two things come to mind: does the law conform to the 18 enumerated powers for the federal government laid in the Constitution? And what business is it of the feds to weigh in on excretory functions?
The whole notion of fairness, which is what the DOJ folks claim they’re championing, in cases like this doesn’t work. At all.
Taking the North Carolina foofawraw as an example, the DOJ says that it’s discriminatory — or the opposite of fair — to deny those who “identify” as a certain gender the ability to use a restroom of their choice, and is taking action to correct that. Yet, the net result is not that these people get the result that best suits them; it means that other people have their rights trampled.
Don’t for a minute think that this is about correcting a miscarriage of justice. This is about validation, and the real victims here will be children and parents.
It’s absurd to think that a person can just decide one day that they will become the opposite sex. That’s an impossibility. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Genetics is as genetics does.”
You can’t change your genetic makeup, so the issue comes down to one of feelings — I feel that I’m a woman, or man, or whatever — and it’s absurd in the extreme to force a version of equality based on feelings through the courts and through laws. If I feel I’m a car, will businesses be forced to build me a garage if I need to drop some coolant? That’s an absurd comparison, but the question still is valid. Feelings cannot trump law, and laws can never, ever be written to be fair to everyone. Someone’s got to lose.
It’s also absurd to think that someone’s feelings about their identity are more important that my need to protect my children.