Defense Secretary James Mattis put the brakes on the military’s Obama-pushed embrace of transgender enlistees a couple of weeks back in order to give the various branches of the armed forces more time to research the effects this dramatic move would have on morale, and now the House Rules Committee has proposed an amendment that would block the Pentagon from funding sex changes. Finally, with a Republican as commander-in-chief, a man with some common sense as Defense Secretary, and a Republican majority in Congress, maybe we can bring some sanity back to our military. Obama tried to turn our armed forces into a playground for his reckless social experiments, so it’s an encouraging sign that the GOP is at least trying to roll back some of his most absurd changes.
The House amendment was filed by Rep. Vicky Hartzler this week as a proposed add-on to the National Defense Authorization Act, the mechanism through which the Pentagon gets its funding. If passed, it would declare that “funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to provide medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care.”
Frankly, we’d take the amendment one step further and eliminate mental health treatment funding as well. If a transgender soldier is in need of mental health counseling (which, by definition, they are), then they shouldn’t be trusted to pick up a weapon and defend the country. And we know that sounds a lot like we’re saying that transgender people should not be in the military. To which we would answer: Yup.
But if we’re at the point where we can’t reach such a conclusion in Washington, then we can at least prevent taxpayer money from going to fund these absurd experiments in biology.
But, in fairness, let’s hear what Rep. Jared Polis, who opposed the amendment, has to say on the matter.
“What Ms. Hartzler is trying to do would reduce military readiness,” said Polis. “It would have a negative impact on morale, a negative impact on retention and move us away from the merit-based system which we now have, where we have one set of rules applied to everybody.”
Ah, it’s just as asinine as we thought.
We already have one set of rules that apply to everyone. And none of it has a thing to do with an enlistee’s right to get a sex change operation on the taxpayer’s dime. God willing, it never will.