Trump Draws Rainbow Line in the Sand
The President of the United States proclaimed on Twitter today (7-26-2017) that he has ruled on whether transgender people can serve their country. Here is what he said: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Paul Callan, a legal analyst for CNN, has coined the term “tweet-law” for the President’s phone blasts that greatly affect the laws and policies of the government. Some reporters said right after the missive from our great Orange Leader was posted that the Pentagon (the Generals) had no idea a decision of this magnitude had been made. When the President declares that transgender people are some great “disruption” to military life he sentences them to a life of thinking they are somehow, less human, less valuable and less a citizen of this great land.
In Robert Sapolsky’s fabulous book, “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”, he points out that when a high-status rat in a pack gets electric shocks that produces stress, he proceeds to attack lessor status rats by biting them. That seems to relieve their stress. Could the President’s decree about transgender people serving in the military be simply his way of inflicting pain on a class of people he feels beneath him? According to his recent tweets, he is outwardly stressed. He’s condemning his own team.
The President’s “New Rule” will create the challenging task that will involve “asking and telling” about an enlistee’s sexual orientation. And then, if a soldier stands tall in his or her skin, they will be fired? Really, you are going to send them away without a pension, without pay or record because of their sexual orientation? Is that American?
It’s not the cost of surgery that the government thinks it might have to pay, it’s the idea that somehow these people are disruptive in some way. Disruption in the military isn’t allowed. What is this President thinking? Oh, yeah, forgot, he doesn’t think.
This is all part of the Pence Effect driven by Mike’s overzealous, religious “grounding” that is basically discrimination justified by Leviticus 18:22, which is tantamount to someone suggesting Sharia Law be used to create U.S. law. Mike Pence and many evangelicals cannot deal with the reality that we should not discriminate against people.
The law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin (including membership in a Native American tribe). It is true that around two dozen states still don’t have anti-discrimination laws protecting individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. But, the President just blew the candle out on this issue.
Perhaps Congress can step up and sort this out, but Trump will never get votes from the LGBT community again. On June 1, 2017 Ivanka Trump tweeted: “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” It’s all part of the plan to make the liberals have hope, while that great Beach Boys song comes to mind, “And she’ll have fun, fun, fun ‘Til her daddy takes the T-bird away.”
Daddy is calculating everything for purposes of enriching himself or enhancing his image rather than being the President for all people. He’s a racist, a xenophobe, a homophobe and his transphobia was brightly exposed today with his mindless and insensitive tweet. He’s a bully, or to put this into the perspective of a neurobiologist, he’s an alpha male rat who has been shocked by the lack of love from Congress, the Attorney General and the press. His teeth aren’t as sharp as they were in business with his gang of lawyers and liars around him. When he bites and people bleed and someone points out his insensitivity, he replies, “I’m President and you aren’t!”
What a shallow and intolerable person. Donald J. Trump is America’s #1 problem. I wonder who will solve him? He can keep his twitter account, but we want the White House back.