I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a Trump presidency. I figured he would overturn some of the things Obama had done. Some of Obama's changes I approved of, some I thought were absurd. Especially his extremist views on transgender issues.
One of the worst of those decisions was his allowing openly transgender personnel to serve in the military. The military is not a place for social experimentation. Its primary purpose is to provide for the defense of our nation. It requires disciplined, functional troops, who are ready to stand firm against all enemies of our nation. They need to be able to work together and form bonds that allow them to operate as a well prepared unit.
Allowing males to enlist as women, and be in women's barracks, where there is inevitable nudity, or likewise to allow females to serve in men's unit is not acceptable. It is simply not fair to those subjected to such an intrusion. For someone who is actually transsexual, such a situation is unthinkable. But we are not talking about transsexuals here. We are talking about men, who enjoy living as women, but who wish to retain a strong connection to being a man. They may in some cases, even choose to go so far as to have SRS, but they still want people to know they were born male. Or, they are females who want to live as men, but have everyone know they were born female.
It would have been one thing if Obama has instituted a policy similar to "don't ask, don't tell," where transgender personnel would have been allowed to serve, but would be required to not engage in certain behaviors on duty, on base, and such. But instead, they were allowed to serve as their "target" gender, as indicated in this rather extreme policy statement:
- Policy Highlights
- Service members with a diagnosis from a military medical provider indicating that gender transition is medically necessary will be provided medical care and treatment for the diagnosed medical condition, in the same manner as other medical care and treatment.
- Gender transition in the military begins when a Service member receives a diagnosis from a military medical provider indicating that gender transition is medically necessary, and concludes when the Service member’s gender marker is changed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and the Service member serves and is recognized in the preferred gender.
- At that point, the Service member is responsible for meeting all applicable military standards in the preferred gender and will use berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities associated with their gender.
In the past, I suggested that transsexuals who had undergone diagnosis, and SRS could be allowed to serve as long as they were not open about their past history. But that is nowhere near what this policy provide for. It should also be noted that among people who identify as transgender, they do not generally have a medical condition as such. They are seeking a lifestyle change, not an actual medical transition. Unfortunately, far too many therapists are quick to grant them a claim to being transsexual, even when it clear that they are not, because of political pressure from activists who seek to use transsexuals to further their own demands.
- Any discrimination against a Service member based on their gender identity is sex discrimination and may be addressed through the Department’s equal opportunity channels.
Trump has, during his time in office, exhibited bizarre behavior, a general lack of understanding of history, and the role of the president, and an appalling lack of ethics, but in regards to this issue, he is doing the right thing.