Thursday, May 19, 2016

Congressman Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan shared great thoughts this morning concerning the un-American way that President Obama tried to railroad his bathroom mandate last week . . .

"I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments on the transgender bathroom issue. In regards to what the President has done with his administrative restroom decree, I will do everything in my power (supporting lawsuits, signing letters, co-sponsoring legislation, defunding agencies) to stop this policy from ever being implemented. But I want to take a moment to explain why what President Obama is doing is so dangerous, and why regardless of how you may feel about the bathroom issue as a whole, you should be opposed to this executive action.

I hear from parents and teachers all the time who complain about testing requirements are regulations that constantly come down from Washington. This tends to be a fairly bipartisan complaint.

This restroom decree from President Obama is really no different. One man is attempting to overrule every parent, every school board, and every public school principal in the United States, without any vote or comment period. In order to enforce this edict, he is threatening to withhold money from your child's school (which happens to be your tax money, just to add insult to injury). The President's legal argument for being able to do this is to radically reinterpret a law that was passed Congress decades ago, long before "transgender" was even a point of discussion. Here's an example that follows the President's logic on this issue: Congress passing a bill giving everyone in the United States a free boat. The President years later, reinterprets the law to say that everyone gets a free house. Does the bill say anything about houses? No. By reinterpreting the law this way, did the President just circumvent Congress, and in turn, circumvent the will of voters of this country? Absolutely.
My point is this, we don't live in a democracy, we live in a Democratic Republic where people elect their representatives and their representatives (represent) them. But President Obama is pretending we live in an authoritarian dictatorship. Even if you agree with what President Obama's position on this issue, you should strongly oppose the way he did it. If he can unilaterally do this, imagine what else he could do, or any future President could do.

According to Gallup's most recent poll, 52% of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance. If you're one of those people, you have responsibility for this mess. The way President Obama is accomplishing his goals is unamerican. If you feel that boys (or men) should have access to the women's restroom, then run for Congress, pass a law, get elected to your local school board. I will stand against you and say that you're wrong, but that's our process. But when you support making our President a King, you are undermining our entire system of government, taking away our representation, and setting our country down a dangerous path. The way President Obama has gone about accomplishing his agenda should concern all of us. I will continue to speak out and do everything I can to stop this nonsense. But if you aren't concerned what the methods President Obama has adopted to achieve his agenda, you are part of the problem."

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