States’ rights my ass

I wasn’t going to post anything about politics for a while. Since there isn’t any political data to discuss for a couple of months, I am in more of a waiting mode until June or July. But then trans issues hit the front page.

The Obama administration issued guidelines on the simple fact that trans people are people too and should be treated with respect. That was when the shit hit the fan. I was expecting the Republicans to go crazy over the guidelines that essentially reaffirm what has been happening in bathrooms for as long as there have been bathrooms. And while I expected a fight, what I tolerate without comment is the complete idiocy of “states’ rights” brought into the discussion.

The Hill reported that Donald Trump said:

[Donald Trump] declined to criticize the administration’s directive on Friday, saying the states should decide on the issue.

“I believe it should be states’ rights and I think the states should make the decision, they’re more capable of making the decision,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

He said on NBC’s “Today” show in April that North Carolina should allow people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate” but he later walked back that statement.

That is a complete load of horse shit. While – potentially – an argument could be made that the use of firearms is different in New York than in Oklahoma and should be decided at the state level, trans people use the restroom the same way all over the world. There is no difference between the way that I pee in Oklahoma than some other trans person pees in New York.

While the argument of “state’s rights” might have its place in a few discussions, more and more it seems to be used by the side with bad arguments as a way to maintain those bad arguments without having to answer for them. And as the case with many bad arguments, all too often they are nothing more than a breeding ground for bigots to exploit.


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I am a writer of words, a thinker of thoughts, a changer of genders, and a queerer of life. I am an antagonist of the ordinary; and while I do tolerate it, I also look at it with contempt.

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