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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Poop Anywhere

The freakout over protecting transgender students in schools is typical of politics in 2016.

First, there are very few transgender students.  There are more than we commonly thought,  because many transgender people simply identified in the broader world as "gay" when they were in fact transgender.  So, there is a non-neglible population of trans people, but hardly a lot of them.

Second, they've been using these bathrooms for years in the broader world.

Third, liberals have asserted a battle over this issue that is likely to hurt them in the short term and help them in the historical long run.

Fourth, the conservative reaction is so freaking over the top that it defies categorization.

Is this THE most important issue in the world?  No.  Is it really important for trans students and their parents?  Yes.  Will it lead to child predators going into bathrooms?  Hell, no.

But this is the state of our politics today.

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