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Transgender Bathroom Panic Will Help Shape Republican Party Platform

Anti-porn positions remain while free trade support takes a hit.

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Delegates to the Republican National Convention will be spending the week hammering out the wording for the party's official platform. And the debate has gone into the toilet, purposefully.

At hand among delegates in a platform subcommittee is whether the national party should oppose the current administration's efforts to mandate public schools accommodate transgender students in the bathroom and other gender-specific facilities. While there appears to be a push by some Republicans to get the party to ease off on LGBT social issues, they were unsuccessful in their effort to try to get them to stay out of this fight. Via Yahoo News:

Annie Dickerson, a delegate from New York and an adviser to GOP billionaire donor Paul Singer, urged her colleagues to strike language that condemns the Obama administration for telling schools to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity. (Singer has funded pro-gay marriage efforts around the country.) The RNC draft platform says the guidance is "illegal and dangerous" and "alien to America's history and traditions."

Dickerson urged her colleagues not to get distracted by the issue, which she said would alienate LGBT Republicans and pull the convention into a contentious issue.

"Bathrooms takes us down a rabbit hole," Dickerson said.

But down the rabbit hole they've gone, at least for now. Social conservatives convinced the delegates to keep this new position. One said it was a "safety issue." To be fair, the decisions by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education have turned public school transgender accommodation into a federal concern. It's perhaps not possible for the party to completely avoid the issue, because the next administration will be controlling the direction of the federal activity here.

Liz Goodwin also noted that attempts to strip the platform from defining marriage as between a man and a woman or from declaring that every child deserves a "married mom or dad" failed. The platform as it stands will call for a constitutional amendment to allow for states to decide whether to legally recognize same-sex marriage.

The delegates also voted, unanimously, to declare that pornography is "a public health crisis" that was destroying lives. Goodwin notes that this position is actually even more conservative than the party's platform from 2012, which focused on child porn and enforcing existing obscenity laws. I'm not sure I agree that this new take is more socially conservative. The two are originating from the same mind set and both are significantly devoted to using the power of the federal government to wipe out pornography.

But then, it's not clear whether the Republican Party's formal position on anything actually matters when they're probably going to end up nominating the mercurial Donald Trump. On social issues, he has probably at one point or another held every single possible position on each subject of controversy. Trump has said that he will accept the party's platform and is keeping out of the debate. Whether anything on the platform actually influences Trump's positions in any way is a whole different question.

But even without Trump's participation, it looks like the party is keeping him in mind when drafting the platform. The Republican delegates have decided to strip out entirely all language either endorsing or opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Instead, according to Politico, they'll have a broader statement in opposition to "massive trade deficits," which is putting a stamp of approval on economic ignorance in trade. Trade deficits are not the same as budget deficits. Having a trade deficit with another country means you buy more stuff than you sell. This is not inherently in any way, shape, or form a bad thing, because you end up with more stuff.

So anyway, that's where we stand right now. The Republican Party feels the need to weigh on which bathrooms teenagers should use in school, but not on whether an international trade agreement is a good thing.

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  1. Shackford wins the alt-text cup yet again.

    1. I overheard someone in a local Teriyaki joint talking about “pokemon go”, next thing I know, my daughter’s playing it. I guess this thing is a real phenomenon.

  2. “Bathrooms takes us down a rabbit hole,” Dickerson said.

    I would have given the Republicans major points if Dickerson had said “Bathrooms take us through the gloryhole.”

  3. Remember to vote TEAM RED, you libertarian dipshit idiot moron child fucks. Fuck you. Eat shit. What are you going to do, vote TEAM BLUE? Fuck you. vote for TEAM RED, suck my dick, fuck you, vote TEAM RED. Only TEAM RED cares about you, you gigantic idiots. Fuck you.

    1. This is similar to what they tell the small-government wing of the Repubs.

    2. Yea, for a second I thought Warty was really Charles Cooke. It’s eerie.

    3. BUT HILLRY CLITFUCK MAKE CUCKSERVATIVE , LOL!
      WHYCOME BENGHAZI, HUH?

      TRANGENER MOOSLIMS R INVADING MERICA!

    4. Channeling John?

      1. No, he didn’t imply people who disagree with him are selling out libertarianism to the progressives.

    5. Yeah, vote team blue so you won’t be forced to use the wrong bathroom. You will be forced to sign a contract to have sex, however.

      So what’s worse, bathroom bullshit or every man is a rapist….?

      1. How about bathroom bullshit AND trade bullshit.
        With Trump we get to lose BOTH our right to use our preferred bathroom AND the right to purchase products made in Japan freely.

  4. The delegates also voted, unanimously, to declare that pornography is “a public health crisis”

    Hey, whatever it fucking takes to get Democrats to once again be ok with sex and nudity, I’m all for.

    1. Sex is ok with democrats as long as there is no biological chance for procreation. If there is, then it’s rape.

      1. according to the feminists, it’s rape regardless, especially if the sex occurs on a college campus.

  5. Trump has said that he will accept the party’s platform and is keeping out of the debate. Whether anything on the platform actually influences Trump’s positions in any way is a whole different question.

    I like that the party is completely wasting its time coming up with a platform their candidate will almost assuredly ignore where it doesn’t align with his whim at the given moment.

    1. Well, by the looks of it, he’ll likely not get the chance to ignore their platform as the Chief Executive.

  6. Trade deficits are not the same as budget deficits

    Well, this is good news. If they treat the trade deficit like they do the budget one, it will just keep growing.

  7. Couldn’t go for one day without a trans bathroom post. I think that at this point, the posts outnumber the trannies.

  8. So anyway, that’s where we stand right now. The Republican Party feels the need to weigh on which bathrooms teenagers should use in school, but not on whether an international trade agreement is a good thing.

    Look, stoking irrational fears of a powerless minority is not only way easier than making informed choices about complicated international politics, it’s also sort of Team Red’s brand.

    1. Somehow the minority got the federal executive to mandate it’s wants nationwide by executive dictate despite its presumed powerlessness. Yet the Democrat adminstration faces no rebuke for taking an interest in where teenagers go to the bathroom.

      Furthermore, exactly why is supporting this mandate the libertarian position?

      1. Yep. The libertarian position should be “there should be no law on who can use what bathroom”.

        If a trans looks enough like a woman, the solid use that bathroom without incident, ditto looking like a man.

        1. WHERE are the jerbs fer the LAWYERS in yer simpleton scheme, I must ask?!?!?

          (Good jerbs fer good Merican Lawyers, me-sez…)

    2. “complicated international politics”

      From the magazine that employs Sheldon Richman and Nick Gillespie

      LOL

      1. Zing! You win the internet today.

  9. So the Stupid Party reaffirms its monumental stupidity just in time to take on the whining pantshitter-infested Idiocracy Party in a no-holds-barred contest to be crowned as the Supreme Authoritah.

    I’m so glad it’s the Libertarian Moment.

    1. Look, if you’re playing Pokemon Go, freedom be ringin’ ‘n shit. Choices.

      1. At least you have something to do while waiting in the bread queue.

  10. They can’t just defend Federalism, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments and leave it at that. NOOOO. That would be too easy and principled.

  11. “At hand among delegates in a platform subcommittee is whether the national party should oppose the current administration’s efforts to mandate public schools accommodate transgender students in the bathroom and other gender-specific facilities. While there appears to be a push by some Republicans to get the party to ease off on LGBT social issues, they were unsuccessful in their effort to try to get them to stay out of this fight.”

    Does easing off mean giving up on opposing federal mandates?

    1. Yes, at least as long as they are playing the opposition party.

    2. They might CLAIM that’s one of the reasons they’re opposed — because, you know, Republicans are nothing if not principled “small government” advocates — but in the next breath they’re talking about how banning transgendered people from certain facilities is a “safety issue”… which means they just want to use federal power to mandate something else.

      1. Right. Of course they’ll be hypocrites. I’d still rather they take up the fight for federalism than capitulate.

        1. Well if they don’t take up the fight for federalism then someday we’ll have to fight it directly ourselves…..

  12. It’s like bullfighting. Blue Tribe waves a stupid non-issue around, Red Tribe blindly charges. Blue Tribe skewers Red Tribe. Rinse and repeat.

    1. And when the Red team waves a stupid issue around the media hides it from sight.

      Yes means yes laws are almost completely impossible to adhere to but Dems never get called out on that.

      1. Waaaaaa. The media is biased. Waaa waaa. What are you going to do about it? In 20+ years of observing poltics I have never noticed that complaining about media biased has ever resulted in less media bias. They know they are hypocrites. They don’t care.

  13. “The Republican Party feels the need to weigh [in] on” – a silly Obama administration initiative.

    This kindergarter-teacher style refusal to distinguish the attacker from the attacked can get very grating.

    1. To be fair, Scott did have a ‘to be fair’ clause in there. He did acknowledge that the administration started it, he ( in my reading) is trying to say that it’s a stupid hill to die on, regardless.

      1. It ha nothing to do with Shackford liking the result if not the means.

  14. Liz Goodwin also noted that attempts to strip the platform from defining marriage as between a man and a woman or from declaring that every child deserves a “married mom or dad” failed.

    So kids deserve a “married mom or dad”…apparently it doesn’t matter if both parents are married.
    or married to each other.

    1. They should just make it part of their platform that whoever has the most facial hair is the dad.

  15. the delegates also voted, unanimously, to declare that pornography is “a public health crisis”

    *** snort ***

    The Stupid Party can’t even spell “public”.

  16. I agree with Mostfa.

  17. I guess having the federal government decide local bathroom usage is now the ‘libertarian’ position. Which makes no sense, but, hey Reason is a pretty inconsistent publication in general.

    1. WHYCOME THE FEDERAl GOVERNMENT BAN SEGREGATED DRINKING FOUNTAINS?

  18. But even without Trump’s participation, it looks like the party is keeping him in mind when drafting the platform. The Republican delegates have decided to strip out entirely all language either endorsing or opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Instead, according to Politico, they’ll have a broader statement in opposition to “massive trade deficits,” which is putting a stamp of approval on economic ignorance in trade.

    Thanks Trumptards.

    1. Yup- Damn then ignorant fucks for agreeing with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders…

  19. RE: Transgender Bathroom Panic Will Help Shape Republican Party Platform
    Anti-porn positions remain while free trade support takes a hit.

    We can all agree there is nothing more important to the nation’s security, its economy and the untemenschen’s well being than solving the transgender bathroom panic that has infected our beloved country. Nothing good will emerge until this pestilence and depraved problem is solved by Trump the Grump and his fellow fanatical fascists. We must place our dreams, trust and hope into the hands of these brown shirts so we won’t be afraid to go potty. Once this insidious problem is behind us (forgive the pun), we able to go back to work, school, etc without ever again wearing adult diapers ever since this horrible problem raised its ugly head. How will this end?
    Depends.

    1. But Hillary! Come on people! You have to vote for the brown shirts because Hillary!
      If Trump loses, American will CEASE TO EXIST! The sky will rain blood and the seas will boil!

  20. Congrats, reason: the past couple of days here have gotten Google to replace the Disney world ads with ads for gay cruises for me

  21. Transgender Bathroom Panic is a tempest in a urinal cake.

    1. Why do you think the Federal Government had to weigh in?

    2. Please note that neither trans-women nor trans-men will be using urinals.

  22. Since when did libertarians decide that the federal government should oversee bathroom rules? WTF is going on with you guys? Now you think the feds should get to decide these things? I’ve always thought Libertarians were a bit hypocritical but this just destroys all credibility.

  23. One of my friends is there on the GOP platform committee. He is pleading to overhaul the platform and make it far shorter and more about fundamental principles so it can be a marketing brochure for the GOP, rather than a laundry list of pet(ty) peeves that are exclusionary and sometimes contradictory.

    He ain’t winning, unfortunately.

    He just posted to FB:

    My statements on my platform amendment to remove attacks and statistics.
    Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Let’s be great minds talking about ideas, not small minds talking about other people.
    Our party platform is our marketing document to voters that will remain in place for 4 years. Attacks on an individual and statistics are a bad idea. In 4 years, some voters may not even remember who Obama was, and those stats will probably be revised upwards – unexpectedly of course.
    Nothing about this language will change voters’ minds. Nothing about this is something I can take home to Minnesota and share with undecided and independent voters to win them over.
    “Democrat bad, Republican good” is for cavemen.
    We used to have a long complicated party platform in Minnesota, Much like what we are creating here this week, It covered every aspect of just about every issue you could think of. It often did more dividing of Republicans than it did convincing undecided and independents to vote for us.

    (Amendment defeated btw. I tried)

  24. The fact that it is a “LGBT” movement makes no sense. LGB? Okay, sure. But the transgender part is unrelated without parallel. Gay people don’t claim to be something they’re not, and as far as I’m aware no one gets very upset about someone saying “I wish I had been born a woman”.

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