Apr 19, 201601:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Forget open borders; open bathrooms are the new battlefront
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The perpetually indignant
Opening up the high school girls’ locker room to Dances to His Own Tune gives the nonjudgmental crowd the warm fuzzies. (They’re the same ones who damn parents and students for talking about Jesus in the park over lunch hour.) The open locker room cause promises fresh new markets for the tired old civil rights industry.
Paul Soglin, who identifies as mayor of Madison, bans city employee travel to North Carolina. It is good to be mayor, or to identify as such. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi held a scolding press conference for the civil rights issue of our time. Bruce Springsteen wasn’t “Born to Run” in North Carolina. The Obama Administration threatens to pull $4.5 billion in Title IX funds. The NBA is being pressured to relocate next year’s All-Star Game.
“President Obama has talked on a number of occasions about the important progress that our country has made with regard to civil rights,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over.”
The ACLU is stirring. Protests are planned. Los Angeles schools are opening gender-neutral bathrooms. (Film at 11.) Can Madison be far behind?
Business fears boycotts
Business, always fearful of boycotts, reacts but does not lead. PayPal canceled a proposed office in the Tar Heel State. Hilton Hotels, Walt Disney Co., American Airlines, Starbucks, and Bank of America all signed a letter in opposition. Lost in all the hoo-ha is that all of them remain free to open their rest rooms and locker rooms to all comers. North Carolina’s legislation applies only to government entities.
“A silent majority of North Carolina businesses may well approve of North Carolina’s new law,” Hans Bader, a lawyer with the anti-regulatory Competitive Enterprise Institute, told U.S. News & World Report. A company “is not going to say so publicly, since that could lead to angry demonstrators picketing or surrounding its headquarters or places of business.” N.C.’s Chamber of Commerce has taken no position.
Blaska’s bottom line — Democratic apologists like Dana Milbank can blame Reince Priebus for the Donald Trump phenomenon, but don’t discount the open bathroom warriors for the revulsion against P.C. They don’t call them wedge issues for nothing.
Quote of the day — “Seven years of Obama, and now no one knows which bathroom to use.” Attributed to actor James Wood.
For extra credit — College kids can’t explain why a short white man isn’t a tall Asian woman, from the Family Policy Institute of Washington.
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