While the Supreme Court slowly circles the airfield for an eventual landing on the question of fundamental privacy in public restrooms, showers and locker rooms versus claims of transgender discrimination in the SJW community, we are reminded of Barack Obama’s laughable claims that none of this was his idea. At a town hall held in June, one attendee asked the President why he was placing so much focus on the question. Obama seem to simply brush off the idea. (Emphasis added)
“Mr. President, I am a strong believer in equal rights for everyone,” said Arvis Dawson, an African-American who served as executive assistant to Elkhart’s former Democratic Mayor Dick Moore. “I was wondering, though, with all the pressing issues you have before you right now, why is the issue of which bathroom a person uses such an issue?”
Sensing an unexpected vulnerability, Obama rebuffed the premise of the question. “Somehow people think I made it an issue,” Obama said. “I didn’t make it an issue.”
That’s a preposterous statement for anyone who’s been paying attention over the course of Obama’s presidency. Over at Stream.org, Ben Johnson has an excellent fact checking piece which examines the President’s history on the issue and it’s an extensive record of Social Justice Warrior support. Here’s a sample.
In a 2001 interview with Chicago public radio, he looked forward to a president unleashing “an activist Attorney General’s office and Justice Department.” And as president, he has made his vision a reality.
In November 2009, he dispatched current Labor Secretary Tom Perez to testify before Congress in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would make transgender restroom use a matter of federal civil rights law. The law did not pass, and the president soon lost his interest in legislative means, preferring to enforce his agenda by executive fiat.
The following July, HUD announced it would interpret the Fair Housing Act as though its prohibition of “sexual discrimination” encompassed gender identity. The agency later redefined the term “family” to apply the same standard to Section 8 housing vouchers.
If the President truly wasn’t an active warrior in this fight, he had the easiest path in the world available to him. All he needed to do was give a few approving speeches touching on the subject, allow the various state privacy laws being passed to be challenged and wait for the Supreme Court to settle it the same way as it did gay marriage. But Obama’s claims on this score are proven false with the many executive level efforts he put in place to force the change into the system from the top down. Using threats of the removal of federal education grants to schools became one of his favorite tactics. Warping the equal employment opportunity system to turn traditional bathroom privacy considerations into some sort of symbol of oppression was another. And then there was the constant redefining of language under this administration.
Barack Obama has been anything but a passive observer of these events. So why would he deny it?
I don’t see this as a case of the President somehow trying to walk away from the issue. After all… why would he? All he needs is one solid win at the Supreme Court (a virtual certainty if Hillary Clinton wins in November) and he’ll be coming out “on the right side of history” as his supporters love to say. You never want to fold a winning hand. No, in this case we’re clearly seeing a bit of media misdirection where the President attempts to pretend that this was just something which happened organically as part of the arc of history and he was merely a humble tool which helped facilitate it. That makes for much better press coverage and would look great in his presidential library.
Unfortunately for him, as shown above, that’s far from the truth. Barack Obama has been working on this undermining of traditional values and privacy rights for most of this century and his plans are nearing fruition.