By Bob Cox
Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.
Okay, here we go again. Last week we learned that the Palatine 211 School near Chicago was going to lose federal funding if it did not comply with the Title IX requirements of sex-based discrimination.
This action was not being threatened because the school would not let girls participate in sports programs or because they were excluding trans-gender students from biology classes. They were being threatened because they wanted to maintain some privacy in the locker room and encouraged those girls with a package, and anyone else with a little modesty to dress and undress in the provided stalls.
Based on the reports I saw, it looks like this school is going all-out to comply with the ridiculous interpretations of Title IX, but that is not good enough for the extreme advocates. They want to be sure that every child is subjected to whatever deviate or non-typical actions might be present in the locker rooms. The school has gender-identified locker rooms, but they do not prevent students from using the locker room that they “identify” with. It is absurd. And to have the federal government threaten to take away funding amounts to nothing more than extortion.
I will admit that, say under Colorado law; the act may not rise to the Criminal Extortion level in Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. I have had that one thrown at me before, but it certainly is the very definition of extortion as provided in most dictionaries: The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
If ever we have had a good reason for the complete abolishment of the U.S. Department of Education, this is it. It is through that agency that our tax money is channeled so the government can make these outrageous demands. Similar practices are common in almost every federal agency. The Highway Users Fund is another that regularly says, “do it our way on the highway or lose your funding.” These funds should never go to Washington D. C. in the first place. These department should not exist above the state and local levels, and until the American people wake up and take some of the power away from the bureaucrats, we will continue to be make to look at things (literally) and build things that we do not want to look at or build. We will continue to allow the federal government to get bigger and less responsive to the people. We will continue to lose the sovereignty of the states and the voices of the people.
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© Robert R. Cox 2015