President Obama and the Great Bathroom War of 2016

President Barack Obama (photo credit: Daniel Borman via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
President Barack Obama (photo credit: Daniel Borman via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Why did President Obama use executive authority to insist that the transgendered be allowed to use school bathrooms and shower room facilities of the gender with whom they identify? The GOP does not fully grasp this.

Neither does Time magazine, which devotes its May 30, 2016 cover to the topic: “Battle of the Bathroom: From schools to statehouses, what’s really at stake.” Even Michael Scherer, the author, fails to grasp the full significance. Scherer attaches to it this anodyne meaning:

As so often happens, the thousands of transgender Americans who struggle daily to find acceptance may soon become figureheads in a fight bigger than their fate. The 2016 battle over bathrooms is, after all, about far more than public facilities — it’s about gender roles, social change, federalism, physical danger, political polarization and most strikingly, a breakdown in the ability of anyone in this country to speak across divides, or appeal to common humanity.

Most strikingly a breakdown of anyone in this country to speak across divides or appeal to common humanity? Where to begin?

What’s really at stake is not the litany cited by Scherer, and certainly not “most strikingly” a failure to speak across divides or appeal to common humanity. What’s going on?

Welcome to the cultural revolution.

The left is advancing a cultural revolution of radical egalitarianism, creating a new cultural hegemony of which the Great Bathroom War of 2016 is but the most recent element.

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Read the full story at The American Spectator.

Ralph Benko, internationally published weekly columnist, co-author of The 21st Century Gold Standard, lead co-editor of the Gerald Malsbary translation from Latin to English of Copernicus’s Essay on Money, is American Principles Project’s Senior Advisor, Economics.