Utilitarian philosophy centers on the belief that society is obliged to endorse the policies that do the most good for the most people. American principles have long remained under the umbrella of this broad belief system as it is impossible to allow anyone to do anything that they want.
Our constitutional protections have long maintained certain exceptions. While we should all welcome free expression of religious beliefs, we cannot allow, for example, a protection of a cult’s practice to perform human sacrifices. We should all welcome free speech but, as the oft-noted exception goes, we cannot falsely yell “fire!” in a crowded theater and call it protected speech.
Likewise, while there are some confused, mentally ill people out there with gender identity disorders, we cannot, in good conscience, allow this minute fraction of the population to overrule the rights of the vast majority of people who wish to use restrooms and locker rooms in peace with people of their own gender.
That is why North Carolina’s brave stance is so important. In this time of political correctness gone mad, North Carolina lawmakers have made a stand to announce that in their state, confused men in dresses don’t have the right to perv-out on women and girls by calling to a civil rights issue. Some call it discrimination; many call it commonsense.
Donald Trump calls it wrong.
Despite his relentless (and spot-on) criticism of political correctness in today’s America, Trump has opted to fall in-line with the politically correct crowd on the issue of transgender bathroom policies.
On NBC’s “Today” show Thursday morning, Trump announced that he opposes North Carolina’s protection of citizens who wish to keep men and women’s bathrooms for each respective sex.
“North Carolina did something that was very strong and they’re paying a big price. And there’s a lot of problems.” Trump said. “Leave it the way it is. North Carolina, what they’re going through, with all of the business and all of the strife — and that’s on both sides — you leave it the way it is. There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment they’re taking.”
Trump did reveal that he opposes mandating the creation of a third bathroom for the mentally ill because “that would be discriminatory, in a certain way,” and because “it would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country.”
In response to Trump’s ridiculous remarks, North Carolina Governor’s office stated:
Governor McCrory has always said that North Carolina was getting along fine before the Charlotte city council passed its unneeded and overreaching ordinance. Now that it has been overturned, businesses can adopt their own policies – like Target has – instead of being mandated to allow men into women’s restrooms by government.
Ted Cruz , in contrast, has supported the North Carolina legislation, explaining, “Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls.”
It is unbelievable that we have reached a point in our society where this is even a topic of conversation. It is even more unbelievable that within this great nation any more than ten people could have a problem with this simple legislation that mandates common sense and freedom to run a business how one sees fit.
It’s even sadder that both parties’ frontrunners oppose such commonsense.
It seems that Donald Trump only despises the political correctness that threatens to limit him and his tirades.
For the rest of us peasants, we should embrace the idea that government has the right to tell businesses that they are legally obligated to allow employees to the bathrooms of the opposite sex.
Trump’s comments regarding the transgender bathrooms begins around the 18:40 mark.