Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not Sure the ACLU Will Allow Trump to Get His Way

7/26/17 New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.
Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after talking to generals and military experts, whom he did not name.
“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Odd.  I thought  the military's mission was "decisive and overwhelming victory” against transphobia.  7/26/17 San Jose Mercury-News reports Silicon Valley's billionaires are very upset.  Amusingly, the comments are overwhelmingly on Trump's side, something I would not expect in Silicon Valley.

What is anyone thinking?  41% of transgendered and "gender nonconforming" people attempt suicide.  Maybe this will decline after the taxpayers pay huge amounts for surgery and drug treatment, but in the meantime?  Would you want to do rifle practice with someone who might decide today is a good day to end his pain?


  1. A long time ago I really felt sorry for those poor individuals who were disturbed to the point that they didn't know what sex they were, or should be. After years of political correctness, I don't care much any more.

    Having served in the military myself, I know that it's the last place you want to be in close quarters with mentally unstable people; that's what so-called transgenders are. Some billets are like pressure-cookers, they magnify any difficulties a person has. When you add in life threatening conditions, enormous pressure, live weapons and the necessity for instant decisions, there just isn't any room for nonconforming prima-donnas.

    Perhaps I'm just an old troglodite, but I don't want to find women in combat positions either. The only proximity a soldier in a foxhole should have with a cute woman is literally in his dreams. Otherwise women are a huge distraction, and that gets soldiers killed. Transgenders are much the same; maybe OK at a cocktail party, but out of place in combat, even if they don't snap under the pressure.

    It would really be nice if our society can recover from this "everything is OK, do whatever you want with who- or what-ever you want, any time you want, and don't worry about scaring the horses" PC rubbish. Some folks really are mentally unbalanced, and I'd sure like to see them get help instead of approval.

  2. I still feel sorry for them, but pity is not a path towards sensible public policy.

    I think as long as men feel naturally protective of women, which I suspect is genetic, women in combat is likely a problem.