Merrick Garland has, as I detailed two weeks ago, turned the United States Department of Justice into something like a left-wing blog, darting its attentions hither and yon into every cultural and partisan battle of the day, always taking the side of left-wing cultural crusades and Democratic partisanship. It also has become an engine of obstruction; at a time when the federal government is often paralyzed, states are busy passing legislation to respond to the demands and needs of their constituents, and Garland is there trying to stop them with investigations, federal lawsuits, or at least threatening press commentary. That said, the tendency is not limited to DOJ; it is pervasive in this administration.
Last week, DOJ sued Galveston, Texas, in yet another redistricting lawsuit. Yesterday, Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department issued a letter to all 50 state attorneys general “reminding them of federal constitutional and statutory provisions that protect transgender youth against discrimination, including when those youth seek gender-affirming care” and “advis[ing] states that laws and policies that prevent individuals from receiving gender-affirming medical care may infringe on federal constitutional protections under the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” This is a shot across the bow of states that have tried to prevent children from making irreversible, sterilizing, genital-mutilating, life-changing decisions, particularly without their parents’ consent. This is part of an administration-wide push. The State Department is issuing gender-neutral passports. The HHS “Office of Population Affairs” (an Orwellian name if ever there is one in the federal bureaucracy) issued a guidance document on “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People” that has to be read to be believed for its immersion in far-left gender Newspeak. A laundry list of initiatives announced by the White House predictably included a promise of “Department of Justice civil rights enforcement actions.”
In a press briefing Tuesday, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield followed up on a warning from the secretary of education and assistant HHS secretary Dr. Rachel Levine that the administration was also planning a crackdown against Florida’s new education law:
Q And after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, yesterday, signed the state’s Parental Rights in Education legislation, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said the administration will be monitoring its implementation “to evaluate whether it violates federal civil rights law.” Aside from monitoring the Florida law, is there any other actions that the White House plans to take?
MS. BEDINGFIELD: Well, both the President and Secretary Cardona spoke out very forcefully against the law. The President also put out a statement yesterday about the tragic impact of this kind of law on an incredibly vulnerable population. And he said that, you know, by signing this bill, the governor has chosen to target some of Florida’s most vulnerable students and families, all while under the guise of parents’ rights. So, the Department of Education, as you noted, will continue — will monitor this law upon implementation to evaluate whether it violates federal civil rights law.
Biden himself took to Twitter to bash the law. This White House is obsessed with Florida’s laws; earlier in the month, it held “a roundtable discussion with Florida reproductive rights advocates and elected leaders to discuss Florida’s House Bill 5” on abortion.
Every presidential administration will, of course, advance its own cultural policies. But at a time when Americans view with alarm the nation’s economy and the war in Ukraine, and when Democrats are bleeding badly with voters from their cultural leftist turn, you’d think the administration could at least learn to set better priorities. They just can’t help themselves.
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