August 04, 2017
Unlike the rest of Washington, the Pentagon doesn't take a break. And while the House and Senate enjoy some R&R, America's military leaders will be hard at work – in part, on the president's new transgender policy. After the tweets heard 'round the world, there's been a lot of discussion about how the branches will move forward. Not to worry, Defense officials say, a team of military leaders is already hard at work on Trump's directive.
While the liberal media insists no thought went into the president's tweets, the administration has been coordinating with military attorneys behind the scenes for days. Fortunately, a Pentagon working group had already been established to deal with the issue as part of Defense Secretary James Mattis's order to delay the enlistment of people confused about their gender.
Meanwhile, as experts hammer out the formal policy, praise for Trump's courage continues to pour in from all pockets of the country. Seventeen flag officers sent a letter of gratitude to President Trump for doing what the American people, service chiefs, and troops wanted. "There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president," the letter said.
FRC's own Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.), who understands exactly what's at stake with this brand of social experimentation, thinks this is the biggest sign that President Trump is committed to restoring the military. "To say that I am pleased to see President Trump put a stop to this transgender madness in the military would be an understatement. It is another indicator to me that our new president is truly focused on military readiness."
Almost 60 percent of active-duty troops share our opinion of Obama's transgender policy -- with only 16 percent agreeing with the radical fringe who suggests that it would be "good for morale." Voters are just as opposed. Not even a quarter of Americans thought the Left's transgender experiment was "good for the military." Although the Left will do everything it can to derail Trump with legal challenges and media smear campaigns, the White House knows this is exactly the kind of political correctness voters wanted the president to end. Four hundred eight thousand Americans have liked Trump's three tweets on the policy change, hardly the stuff of outrage.
"[Trump] doesn't need 'commissions' to tell him whether or not enlisting men who pretend to be women and women who pretend to be men hurts military readiness. Anyone with five senses and a functioning intellect can see that it does. It is only under the vast experiment against common sense that is liberalism could such obvious truths fall into disfavor." George Neumayr argues.
"In a time of terrorism, the American people are not going to punish at the polls a commander-in-chief for insufficiently prizing political correctness. If anything, the hidden Trump vote will increase. Perhaps most parents don't want to say this out loud, but the onslaught of transgender propaganda scares the hell out of them. They don't want their sons to grow up to be mutilated 'women.' And most taxpayers don't want to pay for this grotesque delusion."
Thanks to President Trump, they won't have to. Join us in thanking the White House for that boldness by signing our petition, which, when combined with American Family Association's, already has 60,000 signatures!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.