(National Sentinel) Military & Readiness: Following through on his tweeted pledge last month to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, citing costs to taxpayers and readiness issues, President Donald J. Trump is expected to issue guidance to military leaders on how to carry out the ban in the coming days.
The commander-in-chief, in a two-and-a-half page memo, will empower Defense Secretary James Mattis to both block transgender individuals from serving and to remove currently serving transgendered troops, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The paper noted that the guidance instructs the defense secretary to consider issues of readiness when deciding whether or not to discharge currently-serving transgender troops. The WSJ also reported:
The White House memo also directs the Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving, according to U.S. officials familiar with the document.
The 2½-page memo gives Mr. Mattis six months to prepare to fully implement the new ban, according to these officials.
Mr. Mattis under the new policy is expected to consider “deployability”—the ability to serve in a war zone, participate in exercises or live for months on a ship—as the primary legal means to decide whether to separate service members from the military, the officials said.
The policy was announced by President Donald Trump in a series of tweets on July 26, which effectively reinstated a ban on open transgender service that had been lifted the year before, under former President Barack Obama, in a move that also provided for military medical care for the condition known as gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is a condition that many professional associations have said requires medical treatment. For instance, gender dysphoria is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a medical issue. When diagnosed by a medical professional, transition therapy and reassignment surgery is considered by some insurers and states as a medically necessary treatment.
Those explosions you’re hearing is not thunder or a series of military drills; it’s the sound of heads exploding on the Left.
The Journal went on to ‘explain’ that President Obama only wanted to “open the military” up to “a wider segment of the U.S. population” when he a) got rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gay and lesbian service members (who could serve, but not openly); and b) threw open the doors to transgenderism.
Yeah, we’re throwing the bullshit flag on that one.
Let’s be clear here: Obama is a life-long student and practitioner of Saul Alinsky, Mr. “Rules for Radicals” himself — the father of the modern Marxist Left. Obama’s decision to trash the Clinton-era don’t ask, don’t tell policy and then open enlistment to transgenders was not out of “compassion” or a some noble quest for “equality:” It was designed to do exactly what it did, create havoc and turmoil within one of the few remaining American institutions that reflected traditional values (and which consistently votes against Democrats in elections).
The Journal also reported that the military service chiefs and senior military leaders weren’t ‘pushing’ to have the transgender ban reinstated; that’s probably true, considering military leaders take orders from the commander-in-chief, they don’t give them to him. But we guarantee there was no “push” from senior military commanders while Obama was president to lift those bans, either.
Finally, on that ‘commander-in-chief’ note, if Obama as president can lift bans then Trump as president can reinstate them. Left-wing Democrats are whining that his reinstatement of the ban is “unconstitutional,” which makes sense given that most Democrats haven’t got a clue what the Constitution actually says. Article II, Sect. 2 says, simply, “The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States…” That’s it; there are no other qualifiers. The president gives the orders and sets policy, and his military carries them out.
Finally, there is no inherent right to serve in our nation’s military; it’s a privilege, and anyone who has worn a uniform will tell you that.
Ending transgender service is just one more way Trump is attempting to restore good order and discipline to the military services; we’d personally support a reinstitution of the Clinton-era don’t ask, don’t tell policy as well, because that, too, would help restore good order and discipline.
Left-wing Marxists like Obama used the military for social experimentation not because he was all-in for “equal rights,” but because that’s what Marxists do — they tear down and disrupt traditional institutions in their never-ending quest to “transform” a culture.
Trump is doing precisely the right things to not only restore the military’s fighting culture and heritage, but also to ensure it is at peak readiness when the call to action comes.