***********************Congressman Luke Messer, R-IN***********************
Most mornings these days I wake up, get my coffee, open the paper and shortly thereafter just start shaking my head. Same old, same old. And I’m not talking about the leftist propaganda. This is what I woke up to this morning:
“On May 13, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued joint guidance telling schools, from kindergarten to college, that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. If schools did not comply, the federal government would withhold funds for which they are otherwise duly eligible.
Whatever you think about the merits of the policy, most people agree that this social experiment should not start in our elementary schools. Parents across the country are concerned, and their concerns can be best addressed at the local level. Schools across the country are already figuring this out on their own, and that is the rightful place for these discussions, debates and determinations to take place. I trust parents and local officials to base these decisions in the best interest of our children, not political ideology.
That is why I introduced House Resolution 5275, the Prohibiting the Usurpation of Bathroom Laws through Independent Choice School Act (PUBLIC School Act). The PUBLIC School Act would allow all educational institutions to determine their own policies regarding the use of their bathrooms and locker rooms as it pertains to transgender students.”
Did you see what Congressman Messer did there? P-(prohibiting) U- (usurpation) B- (bathroom), etc.
Public. Isn’t that clever? That’s just so clever. And so it ends up as being the Public School Act. And Congressman Messer hopes it gets a vote. Oh, Congressman Messer, I’m sure many of your colleagues hope it gets a vote as well.
Congressman Messer had just a few short paragraphs earlier written this:
“The Bill of Rights was written with the express purpose of cementing the rights and personal freedoms of individuals while outlining clear limitations on the federal government.”
So it’s not like Congressman Messer cannot read, and it’s not like Congressman Messer is completely clueless about the Bill of Rights. It’s that Congressman Messer apparently can’t fathom that passing a law to prohibit a chief executive from abusing his office is disingenuous because a. It is perfectly constitutional for a President to use his veto power to nullify an act of Congress and b. Obama will do so and c. nothing in the constitution prohibits the next or any future Congress from repealing said law. And d., nothing in the Constitution permits the Congress to pass laws regarding issues not within it’s purview. Meaning it’s just as wrong (read “unconstitutional”) for Congress to pass laws about education as it is for the President to issue edicts about it.
It seems like only yesterday (actually it was a few months back) that it was pointed out that Senator Bob Corker’s widely-hailed (in Congressional circles) gambit in limiting Obama’s ability to cater to the Iranian government as formulated in the “Iran nuclear treaty “by passing a law was futile, a folly and ultimately counterproductive because it allowed Obama the legitimacy of vetoing said law and going on his merry way. Iran is now grateful to the Congress of the United States for submitting a bill regarding a treaty to be either rejected by a simple majority, rejected by the other House or rejected by the Chief Executive (instead of the requisite two-thirds approval by the Senate for treaty ratification) as they not only go on their merry way in developing nuclear weapons but enjoying the newfound benefits of banking and commerce that Obama magnificently bestowed upon them.
And guess what? When Messer’s bill is defeated or vetoed, Obama will direct his Department of Education to withhold public school funding to those states who do not comply with his bathroom edict. He will withhold funding previously made available through appropriations made by the Congress of the United States based upon his modus operandi that he is the decider of who gets how many dollars and also based on the Congress’ understanding that his veto pen is more powerful than their pubic pronouncements about the federal government not being allowed to insinuate itself in matters reserved to the states.
What then is the elephant in the room? It is that the Congress insinuated itself in a matter reserved to the states – public education – in the first place. They created a federal Department of Education. Many people, and many, many conservatives, say that it is the responsibility of the individual states to reject , or at a minimum risk losing, the federal funding for their schools by disobeying the edicts coming out of the Obama Administration. Well, of course it is. Man up, you guys.
But why let the Congress of the United States off the hook? They are the ones who created the conditions making it possible for Obama to do what he did by creating a cabinet department and then funding it with tens of billions of dollars to dole out at the pleasure of the Executive. And then they’re putting on this big show of “We fought tooth and nail and introduced a bill to stop Obama from using taxpayer dollars to fundamentally transform the country. That’s all we can do.”
That’s not even close to all they can do.
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