Bathroom debacle not worth the trouble

With all due respects to Star Wars, I am going to attempt to discuss a subject which is at the very heart of our country — “Potty Wars.” How ridiculous.

It is so ridiculous, it borders on unbelievable. The United States of America was founded in 1776. The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented to Congress on June 28, 1776.

Try as I might, I cannot fathom the framers of the constitution discussing the issue of which “outhouse” men should use. I’ve somehow got to believe that other more pressing issues were discussed. Well, you know what folks? In 2016, I’ve got to believe that we Americans are faced with more pressing issues today.

One of the more favorite admonitions that my late father would espouse was the following. “C.O., sometimes I don’t think that you have the sense that God gave a goose.” Folks, when I hear and read about the Potty War debate of today, I think about these words of wisdom.

Have we taken leave of our senses? I submit that we have.

My niece is and has been an advocate for abused children for many years. She had no prior knowledge that I would be writing this column. Here is a quote that Dawn recently published. “Question: Should transgenders be allowed to use the restroom they identify with rather than the one that matches their genitalia?”

Her conclusion is no. I agree 100 percent with Dawn. She goes on to point out a valid argument. The transgenders represent roughly 1 percent of the general population. Why then should this minority class dictate to me which potty I can use?

In my life, I have always tried to look at the logical solution to a problem. The issue of which potty to use would fall in this criteria. That 1 percent of the population would love to force its agenda on me and my family. Folks, they are looking at the wrong outhouse.

It is unbelievable that this group is looking for a solution to a perceived problem. These activists have invented a problem, and they are seeking a solution that no one really cares about. Folks, please use common sense. It is just that simple.

What is really unbelievable is that this conversation is even being discussed. It is being perpetuated by the media. It is being discussed at the water cooler. It is being discussed in our schools and our churches.

It is all over social media. It is no secret that I am active in politics and have been for the last 30 years. During this ridiculous election cycle, the issue of gender has reared its ugly head.

Like our Founding Fathers in 1776, America is faced with far more problems that gender bathrooms. The media keeps beating a dead horse. Why would a reporter waste time asking a presidential candidate their opinion about gender bathrooms? Twice in the last week, I attended functions in which this was discussed.

Recently, I was at a rally for Ted Cruz. I loved his answer about the Potty Wars. He said the following, “Folks, this is not a Republican issue nor a Democratic issue, and it is a common sense issue.”

Recently, Greg Garrison was the speaker at another event. He was talking about real issues that face our great nation. In the middle of his talk, Garrison posed the same question that I have been asking myself. He said, “10 years ago, did you ever think that we here in America would be discussing which potty we should go to?”

Dear reader, I hope you have received my point. If God made you a dude, please use the men’s room. If he made you a dudette, please use the ladies’ room.

C.O. Montgomery of New Palestine is a former teacher and Sugar Creek Township trustee. Send comments to