President Obama has now taken the shocking step we all half-expected: mandating so-called transgender bathroom policies in our nation’s public schools. Just as outrageous as the policy itself is the fact that Emperor Obama is using the decidedly un-American — unconstitutional — method of “decree.”
His sweeping directive went out to every public school district in the country this morning, decreeing that every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. While the decree does not have the force of law, the letter — signed by officials from Obama’s Justice Department (the same ones suing the state of North Carolina over the same issue) and the Department of Eduction — does contains an implicit threat. Abide by our directive — or face lawsuits (see North Carolina) and/or lose federal funding.
Thankfully, states are already standing up to this latest example of federal overreach. And, of course, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is at the forefront.
Via Conservative Post: Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to fight back on the Obama Administration’s decision to enforce transgender/gender identity bathrooms in school districts across America. On Abbott’s twitter, he sent a message to the president: “I announced today that Texas is fighting this. Obama can’t rewrite the Civil Rights Act. He’s not a King.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 13, 2016
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick went further, comparing President Obama to Judas and promising to put the state’s money where their mouth is:
“He says he’s going to withhold funding if schools do not follow the policy. In Texas, he can keep his thirty pieces of silver,” Patrick told reporters. “We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.” [H/T CBSNews.com]
Other conservative leaders have joined in the outcry against Obama’s overreach. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse cut straight to the heart of the issue:
Is there any issue the Obama Administration believes can be left to state and local government? — Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 13, 2016
Has our Constitutional Law Professor-President ever read the 9th and 10th Amendments?
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 13, 2016
Of course, the Obama administration has wrapped this up as a “civil rights” issue — setting up a false equivalency between race and what psychiatrists consider a disorder (dysmorphia) — so it taps right into the emotions and righteousness of many on the left and make it easier to paint anyone who dare oppose this some sort of bigot.
Even putting aside the actual substance of Obama’s “decree,” it’s imperative that the states stand up to yet another case of President Obama’s executive overreach.
Cheers to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and, of course, North Caroline Gov. Pat McCrory for standing tall against the wannabe monarchy. Emperor Obama is on a fast-track for his fundamental transformation of America in his remaining months in office. Suspect this is just the beginning…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]