People sometimes take offense unreasonably. A good way to check if something is objectively offensive is to try substitution. Some bristle at “Black lives matter,” but probably would not object to “Christian lives matter.” Those who retort “Blue lives matter” do not feel the need to retort similarly to equally particular statements like “Save the whales” or “Free Tibet.” Why?

In kicking off his campaign, Trump said Mexican immigrants bring “drugs” and “crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

No one put those words in his mouth. He said them. If he had said that about a group most Americans cared about, then Trump’s campaign would have gone nowhere.

Everyone is developing in their understanding of transgender issues. Although the term is of relatively recent vintage, the historical evidence for transgender people spans millennia. Science confirms a biological basis for gender dysphoria; there appears to be little choice in the matter. I draw the line at any policy that punishes people — especially children — for factors beyond their control.

History, politics, education, music, culture. Award-winning high school teacher, former principal. College instructor. Seahawks Diehard. Twitter: @brian_mrbmkz

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