Transgenderism and the Massachusetts “Bathroom Bill” – Why a Time Out Is Needed

I published an article in opposition to our State Representative, Marc Lombardo, taking a position advocating for the restriction on transsexuals to use restroom facilities, changing rooms, and other areas where our society divides availability according to our physical sex characteristics. I have since given this issue greater thought and while I find discrimination of any sort abhorrent, sometimes we have to accept that just as all people cannot be equal in appearance, talent, intellect, wealth, ambition, creativity, etc., we must be willing to accept that we cannot expect others to bow to our desires because we wish to be seen as equal.

I believe in small government and minimal regulation and intrusion by the government into the everyday lives of people. It is my view that government was granted limited power to enforce the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in protecting the natural rights of each individual bestowed by Nature’s God or the God of Nature to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (which includes private property rights and the benefits thereof.

In order to keep the promise in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution that in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, the authority to give the government some sanctioned and limited degree of force is essential to maintaining a civilized and free society. It is important to note that the Constitution does not grant the government (local, state or federal) unlimited power to exercise force to an unlimited degree – the amount of force and the degree to which it may be applied rests in the hands of each citizen through his or her elected official(s). For those who complain that government have too much power, it is critical to remember, if that is true, that power was given them by the electorate either by consent or by silence.

We elect our leaders with the idea that they can articulate issues in defense of our state and our nation from a high position of study, intellect, vision and convincing oratory that draws others to support his or her ideas or positions. To get the best representation one must be at one’s best in evaluating candidates and issues in order to make the best choice. It is apparent that in many instances, we end up with far less than the best. We’ve had our share of imbeciles in the Congress, a fair number of drunken blatherskites and lecherous meldrops posing as respectable people, thieves and others engaged in a myriad of distasteful activity. And so, for those who are doing the complaining, I remind you that we get the government we deserve. If you don’t like it, get involved, stand up and demand change by running yourself or urging those you admire to give public service a try.

Below is a video by Billerica resident, Deedee Clark-Dorrington that I urge everyone to watch from beginning to end. Take notes if you are so inclined. She presents this issue in a logical, reasoned, unemotional and rational way and does her best to provide both side of this debate in a search for an equitable solution for all – something I now find lacking in the bill and for which I feel the need to apologize to Representative Lombardo on his stance.

Listen carefully to each of the issues brought up by Ms. Clark-Dorrington – the early teen grandchild who goes to camp and finds out she is going to have to bunk in the same cabin with a transsexual male (who, at that age is most likely pre-op), the rape victim who is traumatized by the presence of a transsexual male suddenly appearing in the restroom, or the transsexual himself who may be the victim of understandable but unwarranted hysteria and pleas for help from a former sexual assault victim. Then there are the issues of economics – lawsuits, fines, increased liability costs resulting in increased pricing and other costs due to unintended violations of the law or violations committed with the intent to protect a family member from a questionable condition. Or, more grievously, having to live with the guilt of not acting and having to live with the aftermath of what will be viewed as an avoidable crime.

#StaytheCoursePosted by Deedee Clark Dorrington on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Transgender persons have the same rights as all Americans and no one should be allowed to trample on those rights. But as men and women are unequal when it comes to sharing restrooms, showers, changing rooms and other areas where privacy is of the highest priority, transgender persons in transition are in a sort of limbo between the two sexes and perhaps the best solution is to provide reasonable accommodation by offering select restrooms, showers, changing booths, etc. for transsexuals to afford them the same level of privacy the majority of us (including many transsexuals in transition) want. It is not right to deny a person the option of going to the theater or concert venue dressed as they will on a date to see a live performance with no place to relieve themselves comfortably. Perhaps the solution is to provide a third restroom for transsexuals, a segregated showering area at gymnasiums, and other such accommodations. Businesses and government already spends a lot of funds to reasonably accommodate people with all sorts of handicaps, disabilities and other conditions to provide reasonable access – so, what makes this issue so different?

I think it is time to slow down, reboot and approach this issue anew with fresh ideas that encompass the best solutions for all and that are in keeping with the fact that no matter how much we may want to believe the opposite, equality for all is unfair and using force to impose equality on all is not only impractical, but immoral and criminally damaging to the human endeavor of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness each according to his abilities, character, ambition, talent and ambition. Just as the majority of individuals have no right to step on the rights of transsexuals, transsexuals have no right to trample on the rights of their fellow citizens when compromise is available. Patience is a virtue and generally provides the strongest pathway to the best solutions.

I urge you to visit the website “Keep Mass Safe”; not because I believe this bill creates a greater than normal risk for unsafe conditions, but for the reasons stated above that have more to do with respecting everyone’s rights and “ensuring domestic tranquility” as passed to us by our founders with the expectation that we will pass along the same to our progeny.

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