Corporate, Cultural and Political Elite Combine to Steamroller the North Carolina Bathroom Controversy

Andy Griffith defending grown men peeing with little girls? Well, now I’ve heard everything!

Joe Bob Briggs over at Takimag claims as much, in his most recent (and most startling) column. North Carolina governor Pat McCroy, Briggs says, is deliberately bleeding his state dry by backing a controversial law that forces residents to use public restrooms in accordance with the sex assigned on their birth certificate.

Gov. McCroy’s intransigence has teed off many companies who now refuse to do business in the Tar Heel State. Paypal, Bruce Springsteen, Deutsche Bank, and many others are slashing their commercial ties, either by boycott or reduced investment. The real kicker is the NCAA pulling its All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The move is expected to cost the state millions. “Basketball is the religion of North Carolina,” Briggs writes, and this will have long-lasting effects on one of the state’s prime industries. 

So what’s his fix? Briggs wants a “Southern Female intervention” for McCroy, preferably led by his grandmother. If only an Aunt Bea-like figure would give the governor a good talking to, he would come to his senses and stanch the economic fallout. Then Michael Jordan can finally show that his state isn’t full of bigots -- a goal all respectable people aspire to.

For Briggs, the whole bathroom-use issue is trite and unnecessary. It’s causing the state to hemorrhage billions, all in the name of an outdated view of biology. Better to cut the losses and genuflect before Mammon, he maintains.

I dissent, courteously. The reason why should be obvious to anyone sick of liberals routing conservatives on the cultural battlefield.

Admittedly, I don’t have much of a dog in this fight. I’m not from the South. I’m a Yankee, living in Raytheon and Boeing county, Virginia. The economic loss North Carolina is seeing doesn’t affect me. So if Mr. Briggs wants to dismiss my criticism because my skin isn’t quite in the game, that’s fair. He would be wrong, however, to not heed my words.

The sex-obsessed Left already collected one scalp in a similar fight. Last year, the Indiana legislature passed a law -- the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- protecting the right of religious business owners to deny serving same-sex couples if doing so violated their conscience. The bill was signed into law by Governor (now vice-president nominee) Mike Pence, commencing a national outcry. What followed is a pattern of behavior similar to what’s being witnessed in North Carolina. Big business and the media teamed up to discredit the law. Gay rights activists successfully made themselves out to be on the side of righteousness, while other side was condemned as backwards, bigoted cave folk.

Gov. Pence eventually relented, signing a bill that gutted the original law, rendering it meaningless. In backing down, he showed that business could be profitable by taking up the cause of sexual rights. “What this means is that today’s cultural power elite is entirely aligned with the economic power elite,” Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen wrote at the time, “and they’re ready to steamroll anyone in their way.”

Unlike other Republican pols in his position, Pat McCroy has refused to be steamrolled. He has demonstrated that he has, as Thoreau wrote, “a bone in his back which you cannot pass your hand through!” His refusal to give in to popular clamor, it seems, is no longer about upholding the law. It has become a fight to end the Left’s hubristic campaign of shutting down traditionalists via economic sanctions. And on that principle alone, Gov. McCroy should be supported.

Briggs’s concern isn’t just on his wallet, though. He treats transgenderism like it’s old hat, pointing out that sex-change operations have been going on for decades. Moreover, he dismisses the fear that allowing men believing they are women to share the restroom with actual women is dangerous.

Well, let’s take a look at the headlines to see if such a fear is unwarranted. A quick Google search pulled up the following: men undressing in women’s locker rooms in Seattle; a Toronto man jailed for sexually assaulting women in a shelter after claiming to be transgendered; a Virginia man arrested for filming and peeing on a 5-year-old in a girl’s bathroom; the University of Toronto ending its gender-neutral bathroom policy after two voyeurs were caught filming girls in the shower; two men in Texas busted for recording women in a Target restroom.

Do these sound like instances of unsubstantiated worry? Is it really unreasonable for fathers to worry about their daughters going into restrooms that any penis-possessing male can waltz into carefree?

As for transgenderism being a benign thing, as Briggs implies, that couldn’t be more wrong. A recent study co-written by Paul R. McHugh of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in The New Atlantis refutes the narrative that perceived gender mismatch is harmless. Not only do transgendered individuals have a high suicide rate, they experience high levels of “social stress” and are often times the victim of sexual trauma.

Andy Taylor wouldn’t personally escort Mayberry’s trans population into the bathroom of their choice. He’d protect the community by forcing them to get treated for gender dysphoria. He would understand that embracing disturbed delusions helps nobody.

Still, Briggs is right on one point: McCroy’s crusade is likely to fail. Cultural conservatives have been beaten back on every stand they’ve taken in the past three decades. Their record is worse than Charlie Brown kicking the football -- liberal elites won’t even deign to set the ball for us anymore. Instead, their strategy is to peg us in the groin until total surrender.

The Right has lost the Culture War. But that doesn’t mean traditionalists should just give up. As Aunt Emily said in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, “In this world goodness is destined to be defeated. But a man must go down fighting. That is the victory. To do anything less is to be less than a man.”
Now that’s some real southern womanly advice. Allowing the Left to easily chalk up another victory without resistance only emboldens them. So keep fighting the good fight, Governor McCroy. We -- meaning any right-thinking, God-fearing Americans who don’t believe in loony leftist private-parts philosophy -- have your back.

Andy Griffith defending grown men peeing with little girls? Well, now I’ve heard everything!

Joe Bob Briggs over at Takimag claims as much, in his most recent (and most startling) column. North Carolina governor Pat McCroy, Briggs says, is deliberately bleeding his state dry by backing a controversial law that forces residents to use public restrooms in accordance with the sex assigned on their birth certificate.

Gov. McCroy’s intransigence has teed off many companies who now refuse to do business in the Tar Heel State. Paypal, Bruce Springsteen, Deutsche Bank, and many others are slashing their commercial ties, either by boycott or reduced investment. The real kicker is the NCAA pulling its All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The move is expected to cost the state millions. “Basketball is the religion of North Carolina,” Briggs writes, and this will have long-lasting effects on one of the state’s prime industries. 

So what’s his fix? Briggs wants a “Southern Female intervention” for McCroy, preferably led by his grandmother. If only an Aunt Bea-like figure would give the governor a good talking to, he would come to his senses and stanch the economic fallout. Then Michael Jordan can finally show that his state isn’t full of bigots -- a goal all respectable people aspire to.

For Briggs, the whole bathroom-use issue is trite and unnecessary. It’s causing the state to hemorrhage billions, all in the name of an outdated view of biology. Better to cut the losses and genuflect before Mammon, he maintains.

I dissent, courteously. The reason why should be obvious to anyone sick of liberals routing conservatives on the cultural battlefield.

Admittedly, I don’t have much of a dog in this fight. I’m not from the South. I’m a Yankee, living in Raytheon and Boeing county, Virginia. The economic loss North Carolina is seeing doesn’t affect me. So if Mr. Briggs wants to dismiss my criticism because my skin isn’t quite in the game, that’s fair. He would be wrong, however, to not heed my words.

The sex-obsessed Left already collected one scalp in a similar fight. Last year, the Indiana legislature passed a law -- the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- protecting the right of religious business owners to deny serving same-sex couples if doing so violated their conscience. The bill was signed into law by Governor (now vice-president nominee) Mike Pence, commencing a national outcry. What followed is a pattern of behavior similar to what’s being witnessed in North Carolina. Big business and the media teamed up to discredit the law. Gay rights activists successfully made themselves out to be on the side of righteousness, while other side was condemned as backwards, bigoted cave folk.

Gov. Pence eventually relented, signing a bill that gutted the original law, rendering it meaningless. In backing down, he showed that business could be profitable by taking up the cause of sexual rights. “What this means is that today’s cultural power elite is entirely aligned with the economic power elite,” Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen wrote at the time, “and they’re ready to steamroll anyone in their way.”

Unlike other Republican pols in his position, Pat McCroy has refused to be steamrolled. He has demonstrated that he has, as Thoreau wrote, “a bone in his back which you cannot pass your hand through!” His refusal to give in to popular clamor, it seems, is no longer about upholding the law. It has become a fight to end the Left’s hubristic campaign of shutting down traditionalists via economic sanctions. And on that principle alone, Gov. McCroy should be supported.

Briggs’s concern isn’t just on his wallet, though. He treats transgenderism like it’s old hat, pointing out that sex-change operations have been going on for decades. Moreover, he dismisses the fear that allowing men believing they are women to share the restroom with actual women is dangerous.

Well, let’s take a look at the headlines to see if such a fear is unwarranted. A quick Google search pulled up the following: men undressing in women’s locker rooms in Seattle; a Toronto man jailed for sexually assaulting women in a shelter after claiming to be transgendered; a Virginia man arrested for filming and peeing on a 5-year-old in a girl’s bathroom; the University of Toronto ending its gender-neutral bathroom policy after two voyeurs were caught filming girls in the shower; two men in Texas busted for recording women in a Target restroom.

Do these sound like instances of unsubstantiated worry? Is it really unreasonable for fathers to worry about their daughters going into restrooms that any penis-possessing male can waltz into carefree?

As for transgenderism being a benign thing, as Briggs implies, that couldn’t be more wrong. A recent study co-written by Paul R. McHugh of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in The New Atlantis refutes the narrative that perceived gender mismatch is harmless. Not only do transgendered individuals have a high suicide rate, they experience high levels of “social stress” and are often times the victim of sexual trauma.

Andy Taylor wouldn’t personally escort Mayberry’s trans population into the bathroom of their choice. He’d protect the community by forcing them to get treated for gender dysphoria. He would understand that embracing disturbed delusions helps nobody.

Still, Briggs is right on one point: McCroy’s crusade is likely to fail. Cultural conservatives have been beaten back on every stand they’ve taken in the past three decades. Their record is worse than Charlie Brown kicking the football -- liberal elites won’t even deign to set the ball for us anymore. Instead, their strategy is to peg us in the groin until total surrender.

The Right has lost the Culture War. But that doesn’t mean traditionalists should just give up. As Aunt Emily said in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, “In this world goodness is destined to be defeated. But a man must go down fighting. That is the victory. To do anything less is to be less than a man.”
Now that’s some real southern womanly advice. Allowing the Left to easily chalk up another victory without resistance only emboldens them. So keep fighting the good fight, Governor McCroy. We -- meaning any right-thinking, God-fearing Americans who don’t believe in loony leftist private-parts philosophy -- have your back.