Trans Rights: Part I
We don’t normally “headline chase” at Northern Dawn, but President Trump’s recent decision to ban transgendered people from serving in the military is the perfect opportunity to discuss how patently ridiculous the Left is. Social media has been alight with the usual suspects like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris relentlessly virtue-signaling about how “wrong and un-American” the ban is, and a number of outlets have gone as far as to contrast this decision with President Truman’s famous 1948 decision to integrate the U.S. armed forces. For context: one-tenth of one percent of active military members identify as transgendered or “gender non-conforming”. 2.5 million black men alone registered for the draft in World War II. Ipso facto, the Left has no sense of proportion.
In his statement, President Trump stated that he made the decision to ban transgendered individuals from the military for largely financial reasons, though you could also make a case for there being significant mental health concerns about transgendered individuals driving the ban as well. Something like 40-45% of transgendered people will attempt suicide in their lifetimes. That is an astronomical figure. Subjected to the rigors of combat, who’s to say what kind of psychological ramifications there might be.
Keep in mind gender identity disorder was classified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association until five years ago, at which point it was re-classified as gender dysphoria. The World Health Organization and the United Nations followed suit in 2016, and just a few months ago, Denmark, they of the welfare payments to ISIS fighters, became the first nation to officially de-classify transgenderism as a mental illness. This global virtue signaling and posturing is only meant to distract people from the real issues that are going on. Quoth the L.A. Times: “Being transgender isn’t a mental illness. What’s sick is a society that treats it that way”. “Society” actually does not treat it that way: in a May poll, YouGov.com found that only 21% of Americans believe transgenderism/gender dysphoria is a mental illness.
For the record, I actually do not support the decision to ban transgendered people from serving in the military because it is discriminatory. There’s always been a role for men with no balls in the military, dating at least to the Ottoman Empire. What would be ideal is if we just said we’re not financing bodily modifications or hormonal treatments because that is an individual decision. As long as your performance does not suffer, go for it. It doesn’t matter. It’s the principle of American taxpayers having to foot the bill for people like “Chelsea” Manning’s sex (gender?) change that is so antithetical to American values. We are a self-governing people. Our rights do not come from the government. You stand or fall on your own merits, and this carries over to personal choices. Bodily modification should not fall on taxpayers’ shoulders. Bodybuilders buy their own testosterone and other compounds to reach supra-physiological levels of musculature, and this includes female bodybuilders; women who want to become men are more than capable of going to a TRT clinic, or exploring some other means, and buying a weekly shot out-of-pocket while enjoying the virilizing side effects. Have you ever seen what an enlarged clitoris looks like? It’s like a mini-dick head. Men who want to become women have a steeper hill to climb, both financially and physiologically, but if you truly believe you are meant to inhabit a different body, you’ll willingly take the necessary steps.
The Obama administration ordered the Pentagon to finance soldiers’ reassignment surgeries and hormonal treatments. After doing some “deep research” at Teen Vogue, the numbers look something like as follows: $1,500 a year for hormone therapy; $30,000 or more for gender reassignment surgery; $25,000-$60,000 for facial feature alteration surgery; $5,000-$10,000 for breast implants (if male-to-female or some other gender permutation I’m unaware of); and last but certainly not least: a whole new wardrobe!
As tax-payers, we already have to foot the bill for other people’s medical procedures, from abortions to, evidently, sex changes in the military. In the grand scheme of things, in terms of the budget, the amount that would be spent on the thirty to one hundred-thirty personnel “requiring” hormone therapy and attendant procedures and accommodations per year (per the RAND Corporation’s 2016 study) wouldn’t be great, but it’s indicative of the general attitude our society seems to have toward the government, acting under the belief that it’s some kind of paternal organism that can solve all of our problems and keep us in our tight little failure-proof cocoon. We shouldn’t have to pay for the ramifications of gender reassignment, either. Manipulating the hormonal levels of biological men and women is going to have a host of health complications, many of which we may not even be aware of yet. It is in this vein that I’m vehemently opposed to national single-payer healthcare. I already have to bankroll abortions for women who couldn’t get their men to foot forty cents for a condom; I shouldn’t have to bear even more of a burden for others’ careless and irresponsible decisions.
We’ve been down this road before. This certainly isn’t the first time the taxpayer has had to wrestle with paying in to a public health sinkhole as a consequence of others’ lifestyle choices, nor is it the first time systemic exclusion has forced trans out of the public sphere. In 2015, U.S. officials announced there will be a complete national ban on trans fats after the current grace period of three years ends. This means, in all its egregiousness, trans is now illegal. First grocery store shelves, then the military. What’s next? I’ve spoken to a number of mechanics who work with trannies every day, and they’ve expressed grave concern over the possibility that the next ban might hit the automotive industry. These are perilous times we live in, and if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that there are many more battles to be fought for trans rights.