Okay, here we go with the shit show.
It turns out that under the rule of Easy D in the White House, transgender individuals are still targets for ridicule. The Trump administration last week rescinded the rules for schools the Obama administration... look, what matters is hate and fear won. And because hate and fear won, the Supreme Court won't rule on trans rights because the White House has made it a state issue, not a federal one.
I'm okay with lots of things being state issues. Taxes: we gotta pay for local roads and stuff somehow. Conservation: If Idaho fucks up their own water, it's not Maine's fault just because they had a good maple syrup year. Birds: Be proud of whatever goddamn bird you like and put it on all the plates you want even though the idea of a state bird is stupid to the n'th degree because birds don't pay taxes and shit in water across state lines (also looking at you, Idaho. "Mountain bluebird?" Come'on. Way to take your sister to prom).
The times states rights and issues have become really shitty, however, is in human rights. Time and time again it has been proven that we all need to be on the same page as to how we treat those different than us because people are very shitty. Be it the South with slavery, New England with the Irish and Italians, the Southwest with Mexicans, and Idaho with everybody (who even fucking lives there?) it has been shown over and over that states and regions suck at being fair to people.
But what we have now is fear and anger and Idaho sitting there like the state with all the potatoes. And Trump, which I have to say is way worse than Idaho. No offense to Idaho.
To end this with something ridiculously stupid, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (a former candidate for president and a neurosurgeon), referred to American slaves as "immigrants." He then goes on to talk about his career as a brain doctor and how that qualifies him for managing housing.
Then, just in case you aren't slapping yourself too hard in the face, he says that we should all go back to God because the Declaration of Independence says so, referring to the fact that it mentions a "Creator" and takes that to mean the Christian god. He does not mention that the person who wrote that, Thomas Jefferson, who "gave sanctuary" to many "immigrants" was also a big believer in keeping your religion private and only included "Creator" in the Big D of I because after hours of arguing the people who had input on the founding document decided they needed to include some type of religious crap in it.
We are being played with by madmen and fishmongers.