Moral Decay In America
After the past weeks’ media furor over what I like to call, “bathroom gate”, it is evident that America has hit a new low. For those who choose not to tune into the national news, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory made headlines with House Bill 2 (HB2), signed into law in late March, which essentially states that a person may only use the public restroom which corresponds with his or her biological sex. WOW! Crazy stuff! Even crazier: they had to pass a law to state the obvious. Crazier still: People act like this is something new and different.
Haven’t we always had to use the public restroom that corresponded to our biological sex? As long as I can remember, I’ve looked for the door with the figure in a triangle dress. In restaurants, I’ve looked for the sign that says, Male or Female. I’ll admit, some restaurants are tricky. The signs might be in Spanish, French or Italian, so you have to really think before you just open the door. Basically though, it’s a no-brainer.
Apparently, a lot of folks and businesses out there didn’t get the memo. I guess they’ve been unsure all these years about which door is appropriate for them to open. As far as the “LGBT” community and sympathizers are concerned, this is total discrimination. Bruce Springsteen is so distraught over this law that he cancelled his concert in North Carolina. Companies like American Airlines, Bank of America, Google, Marriott, Apple, etc., have written letters expressing their extreme displeasure with Governor McCrory for stating the obvious. PayPal came absolutely unglued, and reversed their plans for an expansion project in North Carolina, which will cost the state 400 jobs.
The Target Corporation; well, they just got even. They came out last week and announced that trans genders can use whatever restroom they “identify” with. It doesn’t matter what kind of plumbing they have. They should feel free to use the restroom or dressing room that suits their inner-self. Really? Why is this an issue? To quote Governor McCrory, “I don’t even know why we’re talking about this.”
As far as I’m concerned, if a woman wants to dress, act and think she’s a man, go for it. If a man wants to dress, act and think he’s a woman, go for it. I don’t care. That is their decision; their business; their right. However, when they begin to think that their rights take precedence over everyone else’s rights, we have a problem. From the beginning of time, it has been male and female, period. The end. For as long as stores or restaurants have had more than one restroom, they have been clearly marked, “male” and “female”, period. The end. This is not a new concept, folks.
What this is though, is another example of the Liberal Left trying to shove their twisted views down the throats of the Conservative Right. They are taking something that has never been an issue or a concern, and spinning it into their go-to word, “discrimination”. However, like Newton’s Third Law of Motion, (for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction) every time the Left screams “discrimination”, the Right can scream, “reverse discrimination”. That is exactly what’s going on here. Those of us who accept ourselves as God made us, far outnumber those who do not. Their needs do not trump ours. (No pun intended)
The bigger issue here is protecting everyone’s right to privacy. The biggest issue is protecting our children’s safety. Parents have the right to take or send their son/daughter into a public restroom or dressing room without worrying they will be traumatized by seeing a half-clothed member of the opposite sex. In Governor McCrory’s words, “It’s the basic expectation of privacy that I hear from Moms and Dads, that when their daughter or son goes into a facility, they expect people of that gender to be the only other ones in there”.
Having this policy in public venues is an open invitation to sex offenders. They can walk into a restroom, a dressing room or a locker room, presumably in keeping with their transgender identity, and perpetrate heinous acts against children and even adults for that matter. This is just a risk that is not worth taking.
The critics say there have been no documented cases of abuse, but they are mistaken. To name just a few, in February, The Daily Wire, reported that a Seattle man cited the new law and entered a women’s locker room when young girls were changing into their swimsuits for swim practice. A Toronto man, claiming to be transgender, sexually assaulted several women in a women’s shelter.
Appearing on The Kelly File Thursday night, Governor McCrory found himself in a debate with host Megyn Kelly, as she argued that there is a “misconception that transgender people are more likely to molest”. That may be true, but the concern is not focused strictly on the transgender. This is about anyone who would take advantage of a situation that gives them easy access to the opposite sex in a private setting.
There are some things that are better left unchanged, and this is one of them. I applaud Governor McCrory for having the courage to stand up for what is right, regardless of the fallout. He has a spine, a conscience and a mind of his own, and those are rare these days. The outrage that this issue is causing is another reminder to all of us how fundamentally our country has changed over the last eight years. Think about it. Were we discussing these kinds of things when President George W. Bush was in office? Or his Father? Or President Reagan? I don’t think so. Whether or not we realize it, our president has a lot to do with setting the moral tone for the country. We may not like or approve of him, but he still holds the ultimate leadership position in America, and his power and influence extend far beyond the beltway.
A president who has liberal social views is more likely to encourage changes in this area, or at the very least, not discourage them. Under Barack Obama’s watch, we now have legalized gay marriage. He is complicit in attempting to redefine traditional marriage, something that has been understood and accepted since the beginning of time. He has pushed the LGBT agenda by forcing school districts to allow boys who identify as girls to have full access to girl’s locker rooms. Sound familiar? He has condemned counseling for those students who struggle with same-sex attraction.
Shortly after taking office, Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and called for an open gay policy in our military. We now have states with legalized recreational marijuana use. We are releasing convicted drug offenders early, because President Obama thinks their prison sentences are inordinately long. We are struggling for our religious freedom due to the birth control and abortion policies of Obamacare, and the list goes on. Little by little, Obama has worked to undermine traditional values in America and set us on a path of moral decay.
We now have a pervasive “Emperor’s New Clothes” syndrome in this country. Remember that story? Swindlers convince a vain, clothes conscious Emperor to let them weave a fine garment for him from special cloth only visible to the highly intelligent and those well-suited to their rank. Since no one, including the Emperor, wants to appear stupid or unfit for their position, the townspeople pretend he is clothed in splendid attire. Of course, the whole time he is walking around naked. Finally, a little child has the courage to point and say, “he hasn’t got any clothes on”.
That is how so many Americans are reacting to what is happening in our country. No one wants to be singled out for being a “bigot” or “anti-inclusivity”, so we just go along to get along. We pretend the outrageous is now acceptable. The problem with this attitude is that sooner or later, you find yourself in a society you no longer recognize; a society where anything goes, and where there is no standard of decency. As my very wise Mother has frequently said, “The more you are exposed to immorality, the more you become inured to it, and things begin to lose their shock value”. I think we are coming dangerously close to that point.