Liberals will tell you that Trump’s decision to prevent transgenders from serving openly in the military was some bigoted and disastrous decision that will make us less safe.
That could not be further from the truth.
What the left is doing in this argument, like always, is blurring the lines with highly charged emotional rhetoric.
They are pretending they don’t know the difference between a right and a privilege. Military service is most definitely the latter.
David French, one of the most talented writers on the planet, wrote a great piece explaining that the military simply isn’t in the business of making sure everyone’s feelings are cared for.
From National Review:
Simply put, forget what you know about private employment. Forget it. In private employment, as a general rule you approach your employer as an individual and are judged by that employer entirely on your individual merit. Gay, straight, trans, white, black — the question is simple: Can you do the job? And while “the job” can be challenging — and it can require teamwork — the consequence of poor performance is rarely, if ever, horrific death, dismemberment, and/or world-historical civilizational changes.
The military is different. You’re trying to forge men into a team, place them into the most stressful situations humanity has ever seen, and get them to perform under pressure. Oh, and in total war you need numbers. Lots of numbers — but without fracturing unit cohesion, coddling weakness, or taking on unacceptable risks.
So, here’s what you do — you make group decisions. Do people with certain kinds of criminal backgrounds tend to be more trouble than they’re worth? They’re out. How about folks with medical conditions that have a tendency to flare up in the field. They’re out also. It’s foolish to create a force that contains numbers of people who are disproportionately likely to have substantial problems. Increased injuries lead to manpower shortages in the field. Prolonged absences create training gaps. Physical weakness leads to poor performance.
Make sure you check out the rest of that piece. It’s a good one.
Today, some bad news for Trump’s ‘transgender ban’.
From The Daily Wire:
A federal court has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s United States military transgender policy announced in July, says a report from The Hill. The block comes “as a case against his ban works its way through court”:
A judge in the U.S. district court for D.C. ruled Monday that Trump’s directive changing the transgender policy back to what it was before June 2016 and banning new transgender recruits from enlisting cannot be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court.
Not ideal for the Trump administration but this also isn’t the end of the world.
Clearly, there is no argument to be made that transgenders serving in the military is vital to our national defense.
Tucker Carlson did a great job cutting through the liberal dishonesty on this subject in the following clip.
Aaron Bandler wrote a great piece on this topic that I have linked to a million times but let’s also not downplay the tremendous costs associated with transgenders serving openly in the military.
From The Daily Wire:
5. The costs are minimal. Those against the ban have zeroed in on Trump’s justification for the ban that it would cause “tremendous medical costs” and state that the costs are actually minimal as the total costs would range from $2.4 million to $8.4 million, which is “0.005% to 0.017% of all Department of Defense health care spending,” per Axios.
This argument ignores the fact that the 10-year medical costs associated with transgender individuals are around $3-4 billion as well as the fact that sex change surgeries have proven to be ineffective at curbing the mental health issues behind gender dysphoria. That’s $3-4 billion over a 10 year period that would have been diverted from other worthwhile medical causes for military personnel and veterans, especially in light of the military being whacked by Barack Obama’s cuts and the myriad issues plaguing the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
It might hurt some feelings out there but the overwhelming reality is that Trump is looking out for what’s best for the military here.