You know what they say.
A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.
It's all well and good to hold so-called "progressive" views in theory. But when the bizarre policies shaped by those theoretical views hit home, it can be a rude awakening.
That's what happened with Maya Dillard Smith, the interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, when she went into a public restroom with her two young daughters and encountered two large young men with deep voices – invitees of the new "transgender-mania" sweeping through the country.
"I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women's restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over 6 feet [tall] with deep voices, entered," she wrote. "My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer."
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As a result of the experience, Dillard Smith resigned her position with the ACLU, which she said is "a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights" and that the "hierarchy of rights" the ACLU chooses to defend or ignore is "based on who is funding the organization's lobbying activities." Further expressing her disillusionment, Dillard Smith stated:
"I understood it to be the ACLU's goal to delicately balance competing rights to ensure that any infringements are narrowly tailored, that they do not create a hierarchy of rights, and that we are mindful of unintended consequences. I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent."
While there's no word on whether Dillard Smith will also be dropping her Democratic Party affiliation, given its adamant advocacy for "transgender" bathrooms and locker rooms, I believe the "progressives" are in for a lot more dissension on this issue. In fact, it could be one more major hurdle for Hillary Clinton to overcome in her bid for the presidency, since she has signed on wholeheartedly.
I can relate to Dillard Smith's position.
As a former "progressive" myself, I remember how the contradictions I began to see changed my worldview. Having kids certainly helped. For parents, the instinct is to protect them, shelter them, guard their innocence.
My father, too, was an ACLU official. He was one who never changed his mind. But I have to believe if he were still around today this "transgender" lie would have put him over the edge.
Think about what the left is advancing today: It doesn't matter anymore what you really are, it's what you feel like that matters.
Presumably, kids who feel like they are 21 years of age should also be accepted as such. No? Why not? If a boy feels like a girl, we're told, that's all that matters – not the reality of biology and anatomy.
Presumably, a 70-year-old who feels like he or she is 18 should be permitted to enlist in the military. No? Why not?
Presumably, if someone seeking government employment feels like he or she actually graduated from an Ivy League university, he or she should be able to say so on the application. No? Why not?
Why is it, I wonder, that how we feel only matters when it comes to "gender identification" issues?
Is it just a matter of time when reality and hard truth don't matter with regard to anything?
What's the next bridge to cross in the left's fantasy world?
By the way, these feelings can change from moment to moment. Can you imagine the chaos this will cause in our culture over literally everything – even matters once as simple as which bathroom is appropriate to use?
And that's just the point – the left loves chaos, change for the sake of change, turmoil, rebellion against standards, or, as the late Abbie Hoffman explain it, "Revolution for the Hell of It."
How much stomach does America have for this?
We'll soon find out – just as we found out with Maya Dillard Smith.
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