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I am sixty-seven years old. I recently realized that I have been paying into social security for my entire career and may never see a red cent of it unless I act now. I enjoy butterscotch candies, carrying a handkerchief, and having Fox News on my television at all times. The only problem for me is that I was born in 1993. While I am only physically twenty-two years old, I self-identify as a sixty-seven year old because of my joint pain and distaste for the younger generation and how easy they have it. I do not understand why I cannot start drawing my social security benefits since I identify as an elderly man. You think this sounds insane and is just me trying to abuse a system? Well you’re a bigot and have no right to define me or my government benefits.
So I do not actually think I am sixty-seven, but believe it or not this ridiculous paragraph outlines the slippery slope that comes from subjective identity and its association to our laws. It really does sound pretty insane, but considering society’s current obsession with laws that are driven by identity politics it isn’t that far- fetched. In America people are relatively free to do and say as they please. You can mock our leaders without fear of punishment, you can smoke as many cigarettes as you want even though it may give you cancer, and you can say you are a female even if you were born a male. Not a single person I know who opposes allowing people to use self-identity instead of natural sex to determine bathroom preference wants to ban transgender-ism or thinks it should be outlawed. Even though the left seeks to paint people as such, that is simply the not the case. Most peoples’ problem with allowing this is concern for public safety (we’ve already seen this to be an issue with these type of laws) and the realization that such subjectivity in law can create some real problems if extrapolated any further than its intent.
While the transgender bathrooms laws endangerment of people should give enough reason to reject their passage, the second reason may create even more confusion in our society that consists of so many question marks already. If we were to pass a law saying that no person can prevent the free exercise of gender identity in coordination with restrooms many would look no further than the problems that presents with bathrooms. The problem though is that when something as concrete and easily distinguishable as gender becomes subjective it opens a can of worms (who identify as turtle doves) for society. If this were to happen one could then argue that age is a social construct and since they identify as a seventeen year old in a twenty year old body they no longer are required to register for the draft. Or even though they are born to white parents they “identify as black” and should be referred to as such and should be allowed to lead an NAACP chapter. While there is nothing that should prevent someone from “identifying” as either of those things, it becomes extremely problematic when it begins to enter the legislatures and courts. The great thing about America is that whether or not I think it is wrong for someone who is born a man to dress and refer to themselves as a woman, I cannot prevent them from doing so- just as they cannot prevent me from practicing my Christian faith. The problems arise when an agenda seeks to use the force of government to project personal choices on the rest of the population, and if we allow that to happen with self-identification of constructs such as gender we will see a severe complication and confusion of what is and is not acceptable.
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The only entity with the authority to define such acceptability in this case would be the government, and that allows them to wield a heavy hammer that could come down on some who are not in line with the agenda of the time. I prefer my government not rule on what personal choices I can and cannot make as long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of another. Most people think government has gotten too big and already reaches too far into our lives. Passing laws with such subjectivity as these will only further tighten the government’s grip on society and its norms.
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