If you were wondering how the issue of transgender bathrooms became one of the top stories in the nation, you’re not alone. How could it be that this went from something no one ever thought about to a civil rights crisis overnight? Was there suddenly a massive rise in the number of Americans calling themselves transgender? Is this Bruce Jenner’s fault? Is this that slippery slope that liberals insisted was a fallacy after the gay marriage ruling?

Well, it’s probably a little bit of all of those things. But what it mostly is – as helpfully explained by The New York Times this weekend – is the culmination of a very specific and very well-planned LGBT initiative:

The sweeping directive to public schools seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, it was the product of years of study inside the government and a highly orchestrated campaign by advocates for gay and transgender people. Mindful of the role “Whites Only’’ bathrooms played in the civil rights battles of more than half a century ago, they have been maneuvering behind the scenes to press federal agencies, and ultimately Mr. Obama, to address a question that has roiled many school districts: Should those with differing anatomies share the same bathrooms?

The article is long and biased, as you would expect a NY Times story to be, but it’s also very instructive. It shows how LGBT activists designed the North Carolina bathroom debacle from the ground up by pouring money into the Charlotte City Council races. After ensuring the election of several pro-LGBT councilmembers, these groups were able to get the bathroom bill passed. This, of course, led North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature to pass new laws protecting bathroom privacy. Presto-chango, next thing you know, this is the biggest issue in America.

Two things this illustrates: One, it shows you how important – how essential – it is to oppose liberals at even the smallest points on the political spectrum. We must stop making the mistake of saying things like: Eh, it’s just happening in Berkeley or San Francisco. It’ll never happen here. Two, it demonstrates just how manufactured these issues really are. These aren’t issues rising up naturally from a dissatisfied population; these are issues created in a political war room and disseminated through the education system, social media, and the news.

It happens fast. So fast. Who would have thought, just a couple of years ago, that it would be considered “bigoted” to make men use the men’s room? Comparable to Jim Crow laws! And yet, all of a sudden, millions of Americans feel this way. It’s quite remarkable.

And quite scary.