Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has labeled President Trump a bigot for choosing military readiness over the latest fashionable leftist social engineering cause. The president has asked the Supreme Court to bypass two appeals courts and issue a ruling on the administration’s policy barring transgender individuals from military service.
Decrying the “bigoted ban” as somehow being detrimental to military readiness, Pelosi – who is vying to become speaker of a Democrat-controlled House in 2019 – vowed that “House Democrats will never allow hate and prejudice to dictate our national security.”
“The President’s ban is a cruel and arbitrary decision designed to humiliate transgender Americans who have stepped forward to serve our country,” she said in an official statement.
Logic vs. Lunacy
Showcasing the heights of irresponsibility reached by a leftist congressional leader these days, Pelosi flings out the usual mindless social justice palaver that only serves to sever her party more and more from the reality of most Americans. Words like “bigoted” and “hate” are meant to shut down any focus on the simple point that it is pure insanity to allow potentially mentally unstable individuals into our armed forces.
Consider the fact that the American Psychiatric Association only backed away from its classification of “gender identity disorder” as a form of mental illness in December 2012. The World Health Organization only did so in June 2018.
As the Trump administration petition to the Supreme Court states, “[g]iven the unique mental and emotional stresses of military service, a history of most mental health conditions and disorders is automatically disqualifying.”
Former President Barack Obama, on his way out of office, recklessly ushered in the policy change to allow transgender individuals into the military. That their condition is now classified as a “dysphoria” instead of a “disorder” should do nothing to advance their fitness for military service. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines dysphoria as “a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied.”
“Very unhappy” dysphoria and high-caliber weaponry are not a good combination.
It should go without saying that the military holds applicants to a high standard of mental fitness for a very good reason. Guns and explosive ordnance are involved in military service. It can literally be a matter of life and death. “Very unhappy” dysphoria and high-caliber weaponry are not a good combination.
It is beyond hypocritical that the same progressive ideologues who vociferously demand that the gender-identity distressed be allowed into the military also believe parents with sons who “might be depressed” should not be allowed to own guns. Democrats are touting the recent midterm election victory of “community pediatrician” Kim Schrier to a House seat in Washington state. Basking in her doctor persona to full emotional effect, Schrier ran an ad during her campaign warning about the dangers “not just to themselves” of young boys in houses that have a gun in them.
Yet these same Democrats want to issue military-grade weaponry to a minuscule fringe percentage of Americans who are known to suffer from an inordinately high rate of attempted suicide. “Approximately 41% of transgender people attempt suicide at least once in their lives compared to the rate of 5% in the general population,” states an article in the April 2017 issue of European Psychiatry, the official journal of the European Psychiatric Association. “Screening for suicidal ideation is important when working with the transgender community,” the article states. When suicide is a prime marker of your “community,” I would say that is reason enough for rejection from military service on the grounds of mental fitness.
Social engineering on behalf of irrational leftist causes has no place in a military environment. Our soldiers must be given the training to allow them to perform their duties in the safest and most effective manner. They have no time to waste learning how to sensitively co-exist with the pregnant man in the shower stall next to them.
But all this means nothing to Nancy Pelosi. She would rather put our soldiers’ lives at risk than pass up an opportunity to flash her social justice credentials to her progressive base.