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My Turn 5-22
Beware tyranny of the few
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Last week, I opined on the bathroom battles brewing between the U.S. Department of Justice and North Carolina. I predicted these battles have just begun and will spread like wildfire around our nation. Barely a week later, the issue is being widely discussed and hotly debated, in the mainstream media, on Main Street, and all over social media.
As I was sorting out my thoughts on this follow-up essay, my Infantry OCS classmate and good friend retired Army Col. Rudy Baker sent me a message on the matter from his fellow North Carolinian and State Sen. Wesley Meredith.
According to Meredith, “The facts regarding HB2 have been contorted to frame North Carolina as a discriminatory state.” He refutes that mischaracterization by asserting it was “a common sense law specifically passed after the Charlotte City Council voted to impose a regulation requiring businesses to allow men and women to share bathroom and other facilities. This extreme measure would have eliminated basic rights of privacy expected by North Carolinians , and would have raised many safety concerns as men would have been able to enter the same bathrooms as young girls.”
Sen. Meredith’s strong stance on defending HB2 as a reasonable remedy for an unreasonable regulation has been echoed by Fourth Circuit Court Judge Paul Niemeyer. Regarding the DOJ’s heavy-handed opposition to it, he’s been quoted as saying, “This unprecedented holding overrules custom and culture, and the very demands inherent in human nature for privacy and safety, which the separation of facilities is designed to protect. It also misconstrues the clear language of Title IX and its regulations. Finally, it reaches an unworkable and illogical result.”
I agree with Sen. Meredith and Judge Niemeyer, and I disagree with the Orwellian oratory of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Apparently, she is attempting to subvert the logic of “I think, therefore, I am” with the fallacy of “I feel, therefore, I can.”
The demagoguery of Lynch aids and abets the “tyranny of the few,” who demand preferential treatment masquerading as “equality.” In turn, they combine to trample on the rights of the many to privacy and safety.
Lest we forget, these bathroom battles far transcend North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and the handful of other states that have joined the fray so far. They are skirmishes in the greater cultural wars engulfing us, where logic and common sense are all too often the first casualties.
As freedom-loving, law-abiding Americans, we must resist tyranny in any form, including the tyranny of the few transgender activists, who are less than one percent of our population. That means speaking up and standing up for our beliefs. It also means voting for candidates at all levels who share our beliefs and concerns.
Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at