March 11, 2019
The Democrats’ 2020 hopefuls certainly have an interesting political strategy. They find out where the American people stand on an issue and then take a completely different view. It doesn’t matter where the country draws the line on abortion, infanticide, immigration, or national security, this field is out to prove just how tone deaf a party can be.
Not every good policy is a popular one. But fortunately for Donald Trump, most of his agenda has been both. We’ve watched him fight for life, borders, religious liberty, the economy, strong families, and – in probably the gutsiest decision of his term -- the military. When this president walked into the commander-in-chief’s office slammed the brakes on his predecessor’s open transgender policy, the troops cheered. After all, 61 percent thought it was a terrible idea to begin with.
It’s taken two years and a flurry of court challenges to accomplish it, but the Trump administration is one memo away from putting the military back on its feet after Barack Obama’s social engineering. Thanks to the Supreme Court, America’s activist judges can no longer use the power of their injunctions to stop the policy from taking effect. And last Friday, the Justice Department made it clear that the president is moving full steam ahead to put its partial ban on transgender service in place.
“In light of the district court’s decision yesterday to stay the preliminary injunction in Stone v. Trump … there is no longer any impediment to the military’s implementation of the Mattis policy,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in a filing in federal court. “Defendants therefore respectfully provide notice to the Court that the Acting Secretary of Defense plans to release a Directive-Type Memorandum formally implementing the new policy in the near future.”
According to the Rasmussen polling, the American people are on board – which, of course, means a host of Democratic candidates are not. In their bid to out-radical each other, a string of hopefuls had less than kind things to say about the president’s goal of restoring order to the ranks. Despite stacks of evidence about the deadly side effects of transgenderism in the military, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called the president’s policy an insult to our “our collective values.” (By “our,” I assume he means the tiny island of Democratic extremists?) Not letting men dress like women is “a national security threat,” he argued on Twitter.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tried to paint it as an “insult” to our troops, which will be difficult to do since the majority of them agree with the president’s decision. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), meanwhile, tried to suggest that the founding fathers would have supported putting mentally unstable Americans in uniform. It’s “unconstitutional,” she insists. But, as experts have said for years: there’s no such thing as a “right to serve” in the military. As former Defense Secretary James Mattis pointed out: “The vast majority of Americans from ages 17-24 -- that is, 71 percent -- are ineligible to join the military for medical, mental, or behavioral reasons…The Department honors all citizens who wish to dedicate, and perhaps even lay down, their lives in defense of the nation -- even when the Department, in the best interest of the military, must decline to grant their wish” (p. 6).
Already, as of February 1, the Pentagon has forked over $7,943,906.75 to gender reassignment surgeries, hormones, and psychotherapy. That’s millions of dollars it could have spent equipment, salaries, and training. Instead, we’re blowing through taxpayer dollars so that troubled service members can use the military as their free ticket to elective surgery. Not a penny of that is going to the DOD’s real mission: fighting and winning wars.
What these men and women need isn’t a spot on the battlefield – but help fighting the real war within. As veterans like Jamie Shupe will tell you, the worst thing America can do is indulge these fantasies and put the country -- and these people -- at risk.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.