The not-so-Infamous North Carolina Bathroom Law

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From the Associated Press today: “U.S. Attorney General Says NC Bathroom Law Is Part of Civil Rights Struggle”

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U.S. AG Loretta Lynch is asserting that the North Carolina law that limits the use of toilet and locker room facilities by transgender people to the facility that “corresponds with their birth certificate” is an infraction of civil rights laws.

The North Carolina law she opposes, requires transgender people to use the public restrooms or locker rooms that correspond to the gender on the person’s birth certificate. The law may be restrictive, as all laws are, but not overly so. It is, however, poorly conceived in the sense that a transgender person who has completed the medical, psychological and surgical transformation (at great personal and financial expense) has indeed changed their gender. His or her birth certificate is no longer accurate. To be clear, the law does not  require people to somehow prove their gender before entering a facility, but it threatens legal action if someone is discovered using the “wrong” facility.

Back to Loretta Lynch’s assertion that this North Carolina law amounts to an infraction of civil rights laws; that’s a poorly thought out overstatement bordering on nonsense.

United States civil rights legislation mandates that there will be no discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, etc.; this civil rights legislation does not and cannot require automatic personal acceptance of the minorities themselves or require exposure to those minoritys’ behaviors. A plain English example of that: we do not have to quietly accept public displays of sexual acts between gay (or straight) couples.

The great majority of Americans accept the existence of transsexuals with no real problem (I include myself in that majority) but Loretta Lynch is suggesting in this case that those Americans must also witness, in the locker rooms, the after effects of transformative surgery or in the case of those faux-transexuals who are simply “in drag”, exposure to their naked bodies in the wrong setting.

Realistically, I believe that most adults in this 21st Century have witnessed enough nudity and sexuality on the TV, Internet and in movie theatres so that nothing they may see in a bathroom or locker room will make their “head explode.” It is only that minority of people who are either very young or have lived a sheltered life who will be offended or ‘scandalized’ by the naked body of a different gender. The North Carolina Bathroom Law was created to protect the rights of that minority; it was NOT created to impose on the rights of racial, sexual or ethnic minorities.

Attorney General Lynch, as usual, is so dedicated to minority rights that she is always willing to suspend the rights of non-minorities.

Paul Ryan’s Conservative Arrogance

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Here’s a Washington Post headline from this afternoon:

“Paul Ryan, House GOP leadership team split on supporting Trump”

That’s not really news, it’s been going on since the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.

Politicians are arrogant by their very nature and this is Conservative arrogance at its most potent!

Paul Ryan and the GOP elite are essentially telling America’s Republican Primary voters that they voted for the wrong man, that they wasted their vote. These “never Trumpers” certainly have a right to personally dislike the man who will be leading THEIR PARTY through the election cycle after the Convention, but one would think that responsible elected Republican leaders would at least appear to rally around the people’s choice for the nomination, for the sake of the party if for no other reason.

One would think that! But when the Speaker of The House Of Representatives goes on television and announces his personal opposition to Donald Trump and essentially tells the millions of people who voted for him that they have it all wrong, he’s committing a form of political treason by giving the presumptive Democratic nominee an advantage over his own party’s nominee.

If Rep.Paul Ryan continues making public pronouncements like this last one, one can only hope that the Republican voters in his home state of Wisconsin will remember his arrogant words and actions when he’s running for reelection.

Personally, I can see no path to victory for Hillary Clinton in November . . . but then I also bet against Obama’s second term. I was blind to how it could possibly happen. I guess I need to retake the ‘Prophet 101’ home-study course.

Give me that ‘Old Atavistic Nationalism’

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That’s what the New York Times calls Donald Trump’s brand of politics: “atavistic nationalism”, with roots as old as the party itself.” GOP leaders, they go on to say, “fear their party is on the cusp of an epochal split.”

(That’s what I truly love about the New York Times, and I’m not being sarcastic, they don’t allow you to get too far from your dictionary.)

The Times story was basically the same one dominating the news cycle this weekend, about that epic (excuse me, I mean “epochal”) split in the GOP that is threatening and terrifying those who choose to call themselves Conservatives.

A term that I love, used either by or about Donald Trump’s approach to politics is Commonsense Conservatism”, I saw that and said “Voila” (figuratively of course); that’s what was missing in Conservatism, common sense. I always use to hesitate to identify myself as a Conservative because most Conservatives are still piddling around with the “religious” Conservatism that was born in the 1960s and was ingrained by the 1980s. Religious Conservatism is in itself an oxymoron that was created to convince legislators that they have the right to interfere with social issues that have no reasonable link to the Constitution or to the major functions of the federal government.

Even outside of the ‘Religious Conservative’ context, the GOP has been making a fool of itself for the past 4 years by being unwilling or unable to keep the promises made to voters in 2012. These are the same voters who believed the promises and put Republicans in majority roles in the House and Senate with the understanding that, among other things, they will replace ObamaCare with something that gives the power over healthcare back to the people. That didn’t happen, in spite of the supposed “power of the purse” held by the majority of Republicans in the House. Not much else has been accomplished either to undo the damage that Obama, and his cadre of Liberal followers has done to the country and the Constitution.

Considering all this, a “split” in the GOP is almost inevitable unless the powers that be start getting in touch with and in tune with the commonsense Republican ideas that caused a majority of primary voters to flock to Donald Trump.

Is Trump Right? Is Delegate System Rigged?

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In this photo taken Dec. 2, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. In television news, a telephone interview is usually frowned upon. Yet Donald Trump's fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while altering traditions of political access. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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After the recent  exit from the Republican race for the presidency by Ted Cruz, the questions asked in the title are, for right now moot – at least for the Republican party.

Whether the delegate selection system is rigged or not is something you and I, as citizens on the outside of the political process, may not know until someone writes the “tell-all” book some years from now. For now I’ll just call it an unnecessarily complex and really inappropriate system in a 21st Century democracy. I feel that it is inappropriate for the votes of the citizens to be tampered with in any way; once the voters have ‘spoken’, that should be the end of it.

To my mind, Donald Trump is right! The candidate with the most popular votes should be the party’s nominee. That, however, is far from the way it is right now.

In the 21st Century, what is the point of having delegates attend a convention if not just to give the “losing” candidates a chance to override the choice of the majority. That doesn’t sound fair to me! On top of that, we had Cruz, Kasich and Sanders pushing for a “contested convention”, in the hope it gives them an opportunity to ‘change the minds of delagates’; delegates that really are not necessary in a modern day democratic process. That opportunity should not exist.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump turned out to be the clear choice of the majority of citizens who voted in the Republican primaries and he will be the party’s nominee. As it sits right now, Hillary Clinton appears to be the clear winner of the Democratic nomination. You or I may personally detest either one or both of them, but in America, in a presidential election, when the majority speaks it should be ‘game over’.

We hear from the Republican and Democratic officials that the current system has been in place for 200 years – and that’s supposed to squash all objections. That’s a reason to change it! Two hundred years ago there was no coast to coast news coverage, no reliable coast to coast communication at all. The Federal election system was developed for the conditions that existed at the time and it was never updated.

This is a new time with new circumstances and that should warrant the creation of a new 21st Century presidential election system.