President Trump just handed every governor in the union a gift. By removing the Obama administration’s federal co-ed bathroom edict, states now have the power to make that decision for themselves. What’s not to like about that? Apparently a lot for some.

Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t too happy about it, telling the press:

“I strongly disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the protections that his predecessor provided for transgender students in being able to use school bathrooms which match their gender identities.”

Stranger still, Dayton added, “This is not a quote states’ rights issue, it is a human rights issue, and it should be a constitutionally protected right.”

Since when did allowing boys to shower with girls become a “constitutionally protected right?” But if that’s how the governor wants things to work in Minnesota, go for it. He doesn’t need the federal government to make it happen. So, just shut up and do it… NOW.

But maybe there’s something else at play here. John Hinderaker at PowerLine blog nails what’s really going on:

“It is not exactly a news flash that the Left has abandoned any pretense of interest in federalism. But I think part of what is going on here is that liberals are glad to have left-wing policies that are unpopular with their constituents imposed by far-off and unresponsive Washington.

Ah, yes. Now we’re at the heart of the matter. Politicians like Dayton don’t want the dirt on their hands. They prefer cowering under federal “guidance.” That way, voters’ ire for controversial policies is aimed toward Washington. It’s very cunning, but it’s cowardly.

You were elected to govern, so, do it.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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