Wednesday, July 26, 2017

- Trump Bans Trans

I'm sure you've heard the news by now. Trump has banned the service of Transgender people in the US military. Technically speaking as leader of the US armed forces he's perfectly entitled to do so. "It's a distraction." seems to be a more or less accurate description of his reasoning.

As a rule, I'm a big fan of the military and military thinking. Not everyone in the military is doing the thinking, but since it's a part of the US government that's just as well. At the end of the day, the first priority of our military is to kill people and break stuff, while keeping other people from killing and breaking ours. That imperative has a way of boiling off all the nonsense. Nothing, but nothing will get you focused on the immediate issue at hand like having someone trying to kill you.

In the best of our military thinkers, this breeds a real pragmatism of thought. They are not concerned with imaginary problems because they have very real problems to address. The left, and in particular the trans members of the left, are pretty much only worried about their imaginary problems. If a person wants to change their sex, it's because of something that is happening in their mind, that only they can see and feel. that, I think, is the literal description of imaginary, and for that reason I think it's incompatible with the military.

Culturally, it's nice to have some pushback on the Trans bullies. Up to now they could do or say whatever they want, and the only response was weakness. They have actually proposed in the media at least, the idea that people should be required to date trans people. That is not a recipe for happiness. But now there is at least one thing that Trans people cannot do. It's a choice, and the choice has benefits as well as costs. And it's nice to see one of the cultural costs so clearly illuminated. I have nothing against Trans people per se. I feel bad for them if their issue is legitimate. But that sympathy doesn't extend so far that I'm willing to suffer greater risk simply to make them feel better about themselves. On the contrary, I think there should be other costs as well. I'd like to see Trans people banned from any high risk public sector position on the grounds that their 'trans-ness' is an indication of emotional instability. Think of it as an act of kindness. They have so many imaginary things to worry about, that we wouldn't want to burden them excessively by giving them real things to worry about as well.

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