If this was CNN, or Huffington Post, or the New York Times, I think you could guess the headline referred to the immigration and travel ban. And you’d be right. But the order President Trump undid was former President Obama’s directive (called “guidance”) to schools that tied Title IX into knots and forced teenage girls to share intimate spaces with some very sexually confused boys.
None of the news organizations called this progress. But it is.
The directive covered much more than bathrooms and was lawless. Good for Trump. https://t.co/2G4oPPCKnL
— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 23, 2017
From the AP:
Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.
“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. “Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invented a right for citizens of another country to legal due process in U.S. law, and found that states have standing in federal court to sue on behalf of those aliens. If that’s true, then it must follow that states have the right to protect the less than 1 percent of the population who simply can’t live without using a bathroom or locker room for which they are not biologically equipped.
If the federal government lacks the power to enforce national borders and immigration because of a poorly written, badly implemented, harmful order from the White House, then it certainly lacks the power to force teenage girls to shower with transgender boys by manhandling Title IX. That law was supposed to protect actual girls from discrimination, not eliminate the definition of “female” entirely.
It can’t be both ways.
Twisting a law where 99 percent of the population is interested in keeping hormone-soaked boys from taking advantage of girls to subvert that right for a tiny minority who may genuinely have a problem with bullying is against common sense. But the loud progressive minority in America shouts that its narrative must override commons sense.
This is why we have headlines like “Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students.” It’s why any transgender student, anywhere in the U.S., like Gavin Grimm, experiences bullying, the entire country must be made to change, regardless of who is harmed.
The federal government has no business regulating or issuing “guidance” to schools, which are funded by state and local taxes, and run by local school boards, about how to accommodate a tiny fraction of the population that in many schools, isn’t even represented at all.
President Trump simply fixed a bad directive, and clarified that the power to deal with this local issue is with local and state authorities. Anytime a mistake is fixed, by common sense, that’s progress.