Charlotte empowers a fraction of 1% of the population to rub their insecurities in the faces of the 99% and change who find sex-segregated restrooms a uncontroversial aspect of civilized society. The state of North Carolina responds by mandating sex-segregated restrooms, legally overriding Charlotte’s tranny triumph.
The state law only applies to schools and other government organizations so private companies are still free to enforce restroom usage policies as they see fit. Big businesses will happily allow trannies to do whatever they want to do, but smaller businesses may object to a tranny testing the water in an opposite sex restroom before being blasted to kingdom come by the full weight of the Establishment and their ever-zealous volunteer thought police. This is another skirmish in World War T, the ultimate outcome of which should not be in doubt.
Social conservatives will lose here, just as they lose on everything else–prayer in schools, abortion, same-sex marriage, drug legalization, and on and on. Going tit in reaction to the progressive tat always fails. The left’s thesis is met by the right’s antithesis and the new synthesis is somewhere in between where things were and where the left ultimately wants them to be. Then from the new location another tat brings on a tit. This happens time after time all over the place and after awhile the left has gained every inch of ground it was fighting for. Then it sets its sights on something new. It’ happened with same-sex marriage and now it’s happening with the trannies.
The federal apparatus has found or is in the process of finding a right not be discriminated against for every self-asserted identity no matter how deviant or absurd the putative identity is (heterosexual white male goys excepted). This inalienable right has marched through nearly every institution in society. When some retrograde entity objects, these institutions converge on said entity and crush it to smithereens. And that CultMarx institutional alliance isn’t merely nationwide, it’s global. Great Britain has issued a warning to people travelling to North Carolina in response to the bill.
Instead of trying to clumsily react to the left, the North Carolinas of the world should champion the right to free association as the ultimate liberty worth protecting in a free society. Or at least they should have. That ship sailed a long, long time ago.
Parenthetically, the attack on Trump for waving off North Carolina’s reaction–from the same cucks who piled on him for asserting that if abortions are illegal there should be consequences for initiating them–is much ado about nothing.
Trump doesn’t care about the Culture War stuff. This would be a non-priority in a Trump administration, and they all know it. He only talked about it because he was asked to. Revealingly, his biggest concern was one that shouldn’t be unexpected from a business magnate, especially a person in construction–could this issue, like the incalculably wasteful boondoggle that is the ADA, end up requiring businesses to install additional tranny restrooms that will end up being used about as often as the handicapped parking stalls right in front of QuikTrips’ entrances are?
The people leading the assault on North Carolina style themselves “progressive”. It’s more semantically precise than “liberal” since this is hardly about maximizing personal freedoms. A handful of people are free to invade the comprised space of the vast majority of the population that no longer finds itself free to abide by an overturned social custom that until last week everyone in America found perfectly agreeable.
Those of us on the right, broadly defined, should take a cue and ditch the term “conservative”. There isn’t much left to conserve, and every day that cache dwindles down further. Harriet Tubman’s importance, such as it is, is symbolic. What she allegedly did–helped several slave families escape slavery–while impactful on an individual level, was historically trivial. It is utterly dwarfed by comparison to the lives of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, or Franklin.
But she was brave, courageous, and suffered some hard knocks. Okay, well Jackson was nearly sliced in two by a captor’s sword when he was a teenager. He put his life on the line in New Orleans to beat a larger British force when it wasn’t even necessary to do so. Then he was elected president of the United States. He took it to the merciless Indian savages at a time when the country was pushing relentlessly westward. He was a larger-than-life character, a populist who obliterated the second national bank and a pugilist who stared down a bullet in the chest before returning the favor, replete with lethal enhancement.
He’s a racist white Southerner, though (excuse the triple redundancy there). She’s an oppressed twofer. And so another bit of American heritage worth preserving is relegated to the dustbin of history.
What, exactly, has occurred over the last six-plus decades that is worth conserving? The demographic replacement of America’s founding population? Abortion on demand? Deficit spending? An ever-growing welfare state? Affirmative action? Sanctified buggery? Messianic democracy-spreading? Really, what is there? Dropping the sarcasm for a moment, maybe lower marginal tax rates for individuals? Yes, we’ll trade that for the house in a heartbeat!
Conservatism is fast becoming synonymous with cuckservatism. As Heartiste so eloquently puts it:
Republican pundits, pols, and voters who surrender to leftoid race equalism premises in order to curry favor with the gatekeepers of polite discourse. Rhetorically, cuckservatives sell out their children’s and their nation’s future, and their ancestors’ pasts, on the altar of liberal dogma, in practice “raising another man’s ideology”. And they do so oblivious to the humiliations they visit upon themselves.
“Nationalist” is problematic for similar reasons. The nation is all of the things listed above. Many of us have become barbarians living inside the gates. “Antiquarian”, perhaps? That could extend back to a conservatism that predating living memories, but fetishizing things like the Constitution are losing propositions, too. We’ve had the Constitution from the beginning and now Bruce Jenner has the right to walk into the stall next to your five year-old daughter. “Identitarian” is okay but it’s difficult to articulate succinctly. “Citizenist” is more actionable. In the meantime, Alt-Right serves as a great placeholder, or even a larger umbrella term under which several like those mentioned above will exist.
Secession, nullification, poolside.