Opinion

Big Business And Big Government Threaten North Carolina Residents Over Bathroom Law

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Mark Meckler President, Citizens for Self-Governance

The people of North Carolina spoke. Democracy worked. Legislation supporting transgender bathrooms in schools failed. The state of North Carolina is the first state to mandate that schoolchildren use only bathrooms designated for the students’ sex at birth.

Yes, this is the type of legislation that would’ve never been deemed necessary a hundred years ago. Heck, even two years ago. Most Americans would call this common sense. Yet, because the decision of thousands of North Carolinians doesn’t align with the liberal agenda in Washington and in big businesses across America, the federal government and its corporate cronies feel they need to step in and set those people straight.

How? Good old-fashioned threats.

In response to the controversial issue, The Miami Herald quotes Nathan Smith, the director of public policy for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network:

North Carolina, which receives about $4.5 billion in federal education funds, shouldn’t bank on the federal government maintaining the state’s education funding if it concludes that the new law violates federal law…

Ever feel like Tony Soprano could’ve learned a thing or two about intimidation from the federal government? Well, the Department of Education might want to hit the pause button on all of this social engineering. The University of Toronto recently instituted unisex bathrooms, locker rooms and showers, and quickly had a reality check. Here’s what happened.

The University is temporarily changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms after two separate incidents of “voyeurism” were reported on campusSeptember 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.

Melinda Scott, dean of students at the University of Toronto, told The Daily Wire that campus police had been contacted immediately and worked with residence staff to “support impacted students and ensure the safety of the Residences.”

Voyeurism? As Hot Air points out, this isn’t the right word. “We’re talking about a crime here as defined in the laws of every state in the nation. And as much as we might like to think the best of our fellow human beings, we have these laws for a reason. Some people are just creeps (at a minimum) or potential felons in a worst-case scenario. There is nothing racist, bigoted, hateful or homophobic about preserving the simple, fundamental privacy of women (in particular) by providing them with gender specific public facilities.”

And incidents like these are happening everywhere, even in America. In Seattle, a man walked into the bathroom at Evans Pool and started taking off his clothes. When upset women complained to the staff, the man responded, “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

In spite of stories like this, the arbiters of political correctness still demand North Carolina cave — even companies! As David French wrote, PayPal decided not to open a new operations center in Charlotte, because the new law doesn’t correspond to its corporate values.

“To put it bluntly, PayPal’s ‘corporate values’ include involuntarily exposing women and girls to male nudity as a condition of going to the bathroom,” French wrote. “This used to be called sexual harassment and indecent exposure. Now it’s called social justice.”

Fine. Guess what? The States can play that game, too. Corporations can feel all high and mighty by appealing to coastal elites, but they’re the ones that will truly be hurt. North Carolina – and other states where corporate tax laws are lax — give companies tax breaks to entice them to bring their businesses to their states. If these companies are going to stab the states in the back, then the state legislators should wipe their hands of it and take the tax breaks are off the table.

Companies willing to partner with conservative lawmakers can take advantage of incentives. Companies that stab the states in the back should lose all benefits that the states so generously gave them.

Good for the state of North Carolina not intimidated by the threats from big government and big business. A Liberty Counsel attorney, Mat Staver, said the education funding threats were “kinda overblown” since transgendered students aren’t covered by the federal education equality law.

In other words, democracy and patriotism runs deep in the veins of North Carolinians, and they aren’t budging. If the federal government does decide to carry through with their threats, they will be setting a precedent for years to come in every multi-faceted, grey area of politics — “do as we say, agree with us in every way, or you will be cut off.”

By forcing men and women to use the same bathrooms even after the people have spoken, the federal government will flush democracy down the toilet. State legislators should strike back.