1. North Carolina Fights Back (Cal Thomas)
Are you fine with having your daughter changing and showering with a boy who believes he’s a girl? What happened to the right to privacy, so revered by the progressive left?
Does the fact that we are even having this debate say something about the state of our culture and the attempts by secularists to undermine what remains of its creaking foundations, traditions and what used to be known as common sense? Who gets to decide? And on what is that decision based?
Are morals and ethics now up for grabs, depending on which group makes the most noise and promises the most votes? Perhaps Loretta Lynch and her deputy should lead by example and shower with a transgender male. Even better, how about first lady Michelle Obama? Media coverage could be discreet. I’m betting that neither Lynch nor the first lady would go that far. In fact, I suspect that very few on the left would want to live under many of the laws and dictates they like to impose on the rest of us.
Have we gone mad? The question all but answers itself.
Gov. McCrory has already directed state agencies to make reasonable accommodations to transgender people by installing single-occupancy restrooms. North Carolina also allows private companies to set their own bathroom policies, but that is not what the Obama administration wants. It wants to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” It’s one of the few promises the president has managed to keep.
2. Millennials Embrace Socialism, But Do They Know What It Is? (Jonah Goldberg)
Socialism is having a moment. … Schools have been force-feeding left-wing propaganda to kids like it was feed for geese at a foie gras factory.” But “what are we to make of the fact that only a fraction of the young people who say they like socialism can explain what it is? If left-wing indoctrination is so effective at getting kids to like socialism, you’d think it would have more success at getting kids to at least parrot back a serviceable definition. …many of these young people think socialism is federally mandated niceness.”
“But when asked if they agreed with a more technically accurate definition of socialism — government control of the economy — support dropped considerably (though not nearly enough). Given a choice between a government-managed economy and a free-market economy, millennials overwhelmingly chose the latter. It seems young people realize that putting bureaucrats in charge of Uber wouldn’t work too well.
3. If Caitlyn Jenner Reverts to Bruce . . . (Michael Brown)
It is the custom of the media today to change pronouns the moment someone identifies as transgender, so Bruce quickly became “she” as soon as he declared he was changing. This was pre-op, pre-hormones and pre-change of wardrobe.
Simply stating, “I’m now identifying as a woman” merits the change in pronouns, and so, news reports are now stating that “she” might revert to Bruce in the future, which would mean that “she” would become “he” again. This then begs the question, “Was she ever really he?”
The whole rationale for the change of pronoun is based on the alleged reality of the person’s self-identification, in which case he had always really been she — in other words, the real Jenner was always Caitlyn; Bruce, the male, was just the name given because her gender was wrongly assigned at birth.
But if that was the case, shouldn’t Caitlyn Jenner be crowned the greatest female athlete in history? Is there any woman anywhere in the world who could possibly beat his Olympic decathlon performance, even in the next 50 years?
4. Should Christians vote for Donald Trump? (Todd Starnes)
A popular quote by the renowned pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon has been trending on social networking websites.
“Of two evils choose none,” Spurgeon once said.
But is that really our best and only option – to throw in the towel? Do Christians get to claim the moral high ground by electing President Hillary Clinton?
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said Christians need to take a stand in 2016.
“You don’t just stay home and not vote – you vote,” Graham told me. “Vote for the candidates that best support Biblical truth and Biblical values.”
But what if your candidate is not exactly an altar boy in good standing?
“In some races, it may not always be clear,” Graham said. “You may have to hold your nose and choose of the two.”
Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In a stunningly candid essay, Tushnet declared a total liberal victory and chastised his fellow liberals for what he called a “defensive crouch liberal constitutionalism” that is now outdated. With liberals firmly in control of almost every power base in the culture — most importantly, the federal courts — there is no reason for liberals to play defense, he asserts.
Then he goes for the kill in making his argument: “For liberals, the question now is how to deal with the losers in the culture wars. That’s mostly a question of tactics. My own judgment is that taking a hard line (“You lost, live with it”) is better than trying to accommodate the losers, who – remember – defended, and are defending, positions that liberals regard as having no normative pull at all. Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown. (And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.)”