Thursday, July 27, 2017
A Revealing Reaction
The left's reaction to President Trump's announcement yesterday regarding transgendered individuals serving in the military was over-the-top in its vitriol and emotional appeals. Left-wing groups immediately played the bigotry card.
What was missing were fact-based explanations for how Obama's policy mainstreaming transgenderism and the associated costs, which are significant, help the military keep us safe and win wars.
At the risk of being politically incorrect, the military is not an equal opportunity employer. There are many reasons why people are not able to serve.
I am sure most of us feel tremendous compassion for those wrestling with gender dysphoria. Research shows these individuals are bedeviled with many psychological issues before and after "gender reassignment" surgery. This is precisely the very reason why the military should not be forced to spend billions accommodating so few people in combat deployments or other high-stress situations with cramped quarters.
Something jumped out at me yesterday as I watched the breathless coverage and read the hyperbolic tweets from Hollywood celebrities who rarely show much interest in national defense policy.
For most of the Obama Administration, there was an ongoing scandal at the Veterans Administration over the disgraceful treatment of our heroes. I am sure I don't have to remind you of what it was like to learn that our veterans who survived bullets and bombs in Baghdad were dying because of bureaucratic neglect.
Most of the people who were in tears yesterday or who were screaming into microphones or furiously tweeting at the president rarely showed such emotion as the VA scandal unfolded week after week after week. In fact, many progressives made excuses for the bureaucrats and fought efforts to hold VA officials accountable for the negligence.
So the health care of millions of American veterans didn't appear to be a high priority for the left. But the left is full of righteous indignation over a miniscule segment of active duty personnel.
That is a very revealing commentary on the growing chasm between progressive elites and average Americans.
I often get messages from frustrated readers asking, "Why can't the politicians just get along and do what is best for the country?" Well, this issue is a prime example of why it is so difficult to advance an agenda for the common good when the worldview of one side is so distorted.
My friends, we must fight for our values.