It’s been quite a week in American gender politics.
President Trump just announced that transgender people will be effectively banned from military service in the United States, on the grounds that our military doesn’t need that type of distraction, and that taxpayers don’t need to be paying for gender reassignment surgeries and a lifetime of hormone therapy for soldiers. I can’t help but wonder what the framers of our Constitution would make of all this.
In any case, President Trump is actually upholding a policy that had been in place forever – one that Obama attempted to change towards the end of his presidency. That small factoid seems to be lost on the political left. They’re not exactly the party of nuance.
The left is losing its collective mind over what it perceives an egregious act of bigotry – one that affects a grand total of about 2,450 active military members. The hysteria is extreme even by their standards, and they’ve been reporting on non-existent Russian election collusion for almost a year. (Side note: The press continues to cry wolf, sensationalizing every story about the Trump administration, thereby desensitizing the public to their “news”. They’ve signed their death warrant and will never be taken seriously again).
But is there merit to President Trump’s new transgender decree? Science says yes.
A recent study shows that 44.1% of transgender people exhibit symptoms of depression. The military already disqualifies people with depression from joining, on the grounds that depression is a mental illness. About half the transgender soldiers would already be disqualified from joining on these grounds alone.
Some (including myself) would argue that transgenderism is a mental disorder in itself. Dr. Paul McHugh, distinguished professor of psychiatry at John’s Hopkins University, would concur. Dr. McHugh has authored six books and 125 peer-reviewed studies. He notes that transgenderism is a mental disorder in that a person’s “assumption” of sex does not match the physical reality of his or her physical reality. It is akin to an anorexic person looking in the mirror and thinking that her or she is overweight, according to Dr. McHugh.
He also notes that the suicide rate among transgender people who have gone through reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than that of non-transgender people, and that 70-80% of children who express transgender feelings spontaneously change their mind and decide that they are not transgender.
It is also well documented that the attempted suicide rate after gender reassignment surgery is actually higher than non-transitioned transgender people, 45% compared to 41%. Both are markedly higher than the 4.6% attempted suicide rate among the general population.
Despite what the media and Bruce “The Gender Bender” Jenner will tell you about the transgender lifestyle, there are real mental health implications afoot when it comes to transgenderism. Bruce Jenner, after all, is a wealthy celebrity. Though he’s part of a reality TV show, his life does not match the reality of the vast majority of transgender people. Given the serious nature of military service and national security, President Trump’s better-safe-than-sorry approach is smart.
Interestingly, no one has mentioned the political left’s logical inconsistency in this debate. They have long fought to keep weapons out of the hands of “mentally ill” people. It seems, though, that they’re fine with the mentally ill owning and operating weapons, as long as the illness is transgenderism and the mentally ill person wants to join the armed forces. What a ridiculous double standard!
This nonsense has infected all of media.
Bill Nye The “Science Guy” is up for an Emmy for his Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. The series is popular for Nye’s cringeworthy “Sex Junk” video.
To save you the trouble of watching the video – and vomiting your lunch – here’s a summary: Rachel Bloom is introduced by Nye, and proceeds to the stage to sing/rap a poorly written, non-rhythmic excuse for a song that purports, among other things, that gender exists “on a spectrum.”
This claim is the new-ish fad from the LGBT crowd (read: Democrats). The claim is that you are not born a male or a female, but that you exist somewhere on a spectrum of 56 genders. The number 56 is not set in stone either, but constantly evolving as delusional leftists continue to make up new identities.
For an example of what we’re dealing with, one of the 56 genders is termed “Bigender.” This is the gender which a person identifies as male sometimes, and female other times. How convenient! Perhaps I’ll start identifying as Bigender so I can try out for a WNBA team. I think I’d make a great 6th (wo)man, for say, the LA Sparks. But if I were to do so, I’d only want to be a woman when it comes to games and practices. I’d have to identify as a male on the business side of things so as to avoid the nefarious gender “pay gap”.
Additionally, Facebook recently changed its gender preferences to allow users to choose one of the 56 aforementioned genders, as well as adding the option of listing your specific gender pronoun. For now, Facebook will only allow you to choose “they” if your preference is to use a gender neutral pronoun, though it is grammatically abhorrent to use “they” in the singular. I’m sure that Facebook will soon add some other popular but made-up pronouns like “xi” and “thon” which are often used on university campuses by people fully grown adults who still haven’t decided if they are a man or woman. I’d like my gender pronouns to be Smith/Wesson. Perhaps I’ll submit my request to Zuckerberg.
In all seriousness, none of this gender spectrum nonsense is backed by any hard science. According to every intro to biology textbook, a person born with two X chromosomes is a female, and a person born with an X and Y chromosome is a male.
The contention from leftist sociology departments on university campuses is that sex is, in fact, determined by chromosomes, while gender is a social construct. Essentially, people with nothing better to do are making the case that conflation of the terms “sex” and “gender” is wrong. With that sort of scholarly research on their resumes, it’s no wonder why sociology students have a difficult time finding work after university.
In any case, we’re back to playing identity politics. One might think that the left would have sworn off this type of political rhetoric after their embarrassing loss back in November. In the absence of any real political message, they’re back to labeling their political foes as bigots. This has not worked so well recently, but they refuse to learn from the mistake.
Gender politics is running amuck in America, and for strategy purposes, the Republicans might be best served to simply let it lie.
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Trump Turns On NRA and GOP Establishment, Endorses Underdog for Georgia Governor
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent.
In a tweet sure to anger the political establishment, President Donald Trump endorsed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his run for Governor of the Peach State. His opponent, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, has been fully embraced by the establishment and with this late endorsement, voters now have a lot to think about before casting their ballot on Tuesday.
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Georgia-based publications have called Cagle “the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor” who has received substantial financial support from “lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors.” On the other hand, Brian Kemp has been seen as the underdog who has consistently fought back against the establishment.
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp also puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent, who they called “a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment.” But despite organizational support, not everyone in the organization, and the gun rights movement as a whole, seems too thrilled with their endorsement.
Longtime NRA board member Bob Barr came to Kemp’s defense, endorsing him earlier this month. In a statement, Barr said, “As a Board Member of the NRA since 1997, I can say without any hesitation whatsoever, that of the two candidates in the Republican run-off, Brian Kemp is by far the best man to represent us in the Governor’s race.”
The NRA’s endorsement of Cagle likely comes due to the fact that Cagle has long been seen as the front-runner in the race. But to gun rights organizations actually located in the state, the endorsement seems like a slap in the face.
Georgia Gun Owners, headquartered in Kennesaw, has led the charge in support of pro-gun legislation in Georgia and the group didn’t mince words when it comes to Cagle’s record on the Second Amendment. Executive Director Patrick Parsons fired back at Cagle for his refusal to fight for pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.
“In my eight legislative sessions working the halls of the State Capitol in Atlanta, I can tell you that Casey Cagle has never lifted a finger for Constitutional Carry,” Parsons stated. “And when there was a chance for a vote on Constitutional Carry on the floor of the Senate in 2017, he didn’t allow it to come up for a vote.”
Along with Georgia Gun Owners, Luis Valdez of The Truth About Guns, questioned Cagle, calling him “no friend of gun owners,” before laying out his record of betrayal for gun owners:
- 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
- 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
- 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that Campus Carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
- 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed Campus Carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed his College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
- 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional Pro-Gun amendments to be heard in the Senate.
- 2018: Cagle during an interview with the news stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gunlaws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”
President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Kemp, while it may ruffle some feathers, truly shows that he understands what is best for his supporters in Georgia. Trump’s entire presidency has been about fighting back against the establishment, and this endorsement clearly shows that he is committed to that fight.
Georgia’s primary election is on Tuesday, July 24th, and is sure to be a close one.
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