Attorney General Lynch made it quite clear that not only will she do her duty to serve the United States Constitution, but that our government is on the side of the Good Guys, fighting against those who would take away the rights of others.
This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us. And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country – haltingly but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.
This is a time to summon our national virtues of inclusivity, diversity, compassion and open-mindedness. What we must not do – what we must never do – is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans, for something they cannot control, and deny what makes them human.
What this law does is inflict further indignity on a population that has already suffered far more than its fair share. This law provides no benefit to society – all it does is harm innocent Americans.
Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. No matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side. This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time. It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together.
Conservatives are aghast, of course, because Big Government is interfering with their right to treat other people as if they are inferior because their god fears them in bathrooms or something. These conservatives are in favor of “state’s rights” and “limited government” only when they agree with what is being done. When it comes to personal liberties such as the right to get married or gay rights or abortion — well, government just can’t be intrusive enough.
“It’s a public safety issue,” they say, as their nose grows to Pinocchio lengths. “Well, no, there have been absolutely zero cases of this happening, but — but — public safety!”
Hey you know what is a real threat to public safety, unlike this pretend threat? One that actually causes deaths on a daily basis? Letting people carry guns everywhere. Yeah, fat chance that they’ll do anything about that public safety issue.
We all know it’s not about public safety. It’s about damned religious aversion to any kind of sex — the same kind of idiotic view that wants to keep people in love from getting married because it creeps their god out.