Shortly after the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land, Drudge linked to an article at The Hill on the push to lift the ban on transgender troops: Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops
What stood out to me in the article was the Republican leadership in Congress very obviously preparing to roll over on the issue. The Hill article claims that lifting the ban would face “stiff opposition” from the GOP controlled congress. However, then it quotes House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) as being astonishingly open to the idea:
The department “needs to look at a variety of policies. As long as they look at it objectively, based on what’s best for the security interests of the country, then we’ll oversee or review what they do,” he told The Hill.
“When there’s a sense that there’s some extraneous social or political agenda … people get concerned,” Thornberry added.
Representative Thornberry is telegraphing the make-believe argument that he is prepared to go along with when the Pentagon decides that troops have the right to declare they are whatever sex they feel that they are. He is all but pleading with the Pentagon to frame this in such a way that he doesn’t have to pretend to put up a fight. The alternative, that Thornberry is so naive that he doesn’t understand that this is entirely about a social/political agenda, is too absurd to contemplate.
So much for the leadership in the House. Next, on to the Senate:
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) struck a similar chord.
“The administration policy should always be a basis for our discussion,” he said.
Senator McCain like Rep Thornberry is looking to the administration for leadership on the topic. Not coincidentally, so are the transgender activists:
“Everyone in advocacy believes this needs to be a Pentagon thing,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. She added that the legislative push could wind up being an “education and advocacy tool.”
The article notes that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has been signaling his support for the policy change ever since he took office in February:
“I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” he said.
The White House quickly endorsed Carter’s remarks.
As a hunting buddy of mine likes to say, “It’s all over but the crying”.
What will be interesting is to see how the military tries to manage the inherent contradictions between feminist affirmative action and allowing men to declare they are women. If a man declares that he is a woman, does he still have to pass the much more demanding physical requirements for men? If so, why? Feminists have been telling us for decades that the lower standards for women don’t produce a less capable soldier/airman/sailor/Marine, so it can’t be due to anything related to the job. Since passing the more difficult physical test isn’t required for a trans woman to do the job, then making them take an arbitrarily difficult test must be a form of discrimination against the transgendered. By the same token, shouldn’t a woman who declares that she identifies as a man (and therefore is a man) be required to qualify as a man? Otherwise the military would be saying she isn’t a real man.
Moreover, as I understand the left’s argument gender can be fluid. A man might one day decide he is a woman, and another day decide he is once again a man. All that matters is how the man/woman identifies today. Will the Pentagon be so bigoted as to require that service members pick a gender identity and stick with it? If not, what would prevent at least some service members from switching their identity as it gave them an advantage, then switching back after the test or promotion?
Even more interesting is how this will confuse highly anticipated breakthrough moments for feminists. Feminists are on the cusp of lowering the requirements for women to become Army Rangers, yet CNN has declared that we already have our first female SEAL:
After years spent fighting in some of the world’s worst wars, former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says she knows what she wants.