The Trump Department of Education announced that it will no longer investigate complaints made by transgender students who are upset at being barred from school bathrooms and locker rooms of the sex they identify with. That controversy stemmed from an Obama-era guidance document that interpreted the Title IX law against sexual discrimination to apply to “gender identity.” It led to nationwide protests that it violated the privacy and safety of women and young girls. The objection wasn’t against actual transgender people but that it allowed any male, including peeping toms, rapists and molesters, to enter women’s most private domains simply by claiming they identified as female.
LGBTQ activists are decrying the decision as a rollback of transgender rights, but the DOE says there was never any right to use the bathroom of your choice. It never legally existed because Presidents don't have the Constitutional authority to rewrite laws; and lawmakers in 1972 clearly did not intend for a law against sex discrimination to ban separate bathrooms and lockers for males and females. The DOE says they will still defend transgender students against bullying and discrimination. But transgender people need to do what anyone else would have to do if they want the law changed: lobby Congress to do it.
The claim that this is an attack on LGBTQ rights is of a piece with the claim that Trump’s rescinding of Obama's DACA program was an attack on children of illegal immigrants. Trump has said he favors a deal to protect the DACA “Dreamers,” but Obama did not have the Constitutional authority to create a new immigration law via executive order (even Obama said so on multiple occasions before he did it anyway, citing the hitherto-unknown Constitutional principal that if Congress won't do what the President asks, then the President can just do it himself because...urgency!) If Trump hadn’t sent DACA back to Congress, there was already a lawsuit by multiple states to overturn it; and they would have won because the program was plainly unconstitutional.
I already wrote this week of the dangers of allowing yourself to be misled by fuzzy partisan language into believing the negative spin on political opponents' motives. If you look at the actions Trump has taken, from rolling back Obama’s EOs to appointing strict constructionist judges, they are not attacks on any minority group nor attempts to expand executive power. They are attempts to reinstate the rule of law and Constitutional limits on and separation of powers.
Considering how much the left rants about Trump being a wannabe Hitler, you’d think they would be relieved that he’s actually trying to reestablish limits on his own office's power that were flagrantly violated by the previous Administration. His critics say one thing, but their actions prove that they really have no problem with a President acting like a dictator, as long as he dictates stuff they want.
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