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U.S. Military is Not a Petri Dish for Transgender Experiments

Rod Thomson

The United States military has one, single purpose: To destroy an enemy’s ability to wage war against the United States. Period. That’s it.

Among other things, this requires cohesive teamwork, focus, reliability and mental and emotional toughness. The presence of transgender individuals in military units undermines each of those requirements — overwrought transgender protestations notwithstanding.

Transgenders in a tight-knit military unit in a hot war obviously present a distraction in such a high stress environment. Are you supposed to call the hairy guy on patrol with you Sarah because he is transgender or transgendering? Obvious distraction and added stress.

Because the surgeries can put transgenders out of service for weeks and the hormone treatments affect them for months or even years, they can be unreliable to be ready when needed.

And mental toughness? Well if you are a man, but think you are actually a woman trapped in a man’s body, I feel badly for you, but that is not a sign of mental and emotional toughness. Until just 10 years ago it was considered a mental illness, a psychological illness called gender dysphoria and people suffering from it were treated to be cured. Further, it is a fact that transgendered Americans suffer disproportionately from mental illness, and are more prone to suicide, along with drug and alcohol abuse.

 

 

Under President Obama, who seemed to do everything possible to weaken the U.S. military’s ability to carry out its sole function, the military became one social justice experiment after another — each one eating away at the cohesiveness and teamwork and focus required. For him, striking down gender normatives seemed more important than putting our fighting men and women in the best position to carry out their sole function with the minimum of harm to themselves.

So Trump, after long consultations with his military leaders, tweeted Wednesday: “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.” Followed by: “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. Thank you”

This is the correct position, even if it was done clunkily with a tweet before the policy could be ironed out.

 

Focusing the fighting force on fighting

President Trump has had Defense Secretary Jim Mattis researching the place of transgenders in the military, along with many other distractions for soldiers. A month ago, Mattis placed a six-month moratorium on recruiting transgenders into the military.

Trump’s policy fits with Mattis’s goal for the armed forces.

According to a memo obtained by Fox News, Mattis wants to eliminate extraneous military education and reinvigorate the armed services in the art of “warfighting.” The memo said this came after complaints by thousands of military members that their time is being wasted by hours of mandatory training, covering active shooters, sexual harassment, stress management and more.

In other words, it was transforming into a liberal playground of social issues.

Trump said throughout the campaign that he would listen to his generals, and his actions are in line with Mattis’ actions. Whether that happened in this case — that Trump acted on advice from his military leaders — we don’t know for sure, but we can be confident there will be leaks on the issue if those leaks can embarrass Trump.

Naturally, the LGBTQ folks spun into hysterical fits of outrage — it’s kind of their go-to response to everything — and the rapid reaction squad was to be found everywhere in the more-than-friendly mainstream media. (I was on an ABC panel the same evening as they switched their normal programming. The discussion was far apart, but quite civil. But it was also two gay/transgender activists and myself.)

The new policy also had its brave supporters in Congress — brave because gay activists can be relentless and go far beyond your basic activist.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Jo Hartzler, a Missouri Republican, tweeted: “President Trump’s decision today to rescind Obama’s transgender military policy has the best interests of the military in mind, and I thank him for taking this decisive action.”

 

Transgender policy is only one year old

It should be remembered that Obama did not change the policy on transgenders serving openly in the military until June 2016, when he had only a few months left in office. It was kind of a low act because he got to take credit for the new policy without having to deal with any fallout.

So Trump’s decision reverses a policy that was merely a year old.

In addition to aiding military preparedness, the policy is perhaps the beginning of the end of giving special medical privileges that contort the military for social experimentation and force everyone in the chain of command to walk on eggshells soas to not offend a tiny percentage of people who are confused about the reality of who they are.

None of this is to question the patriotism of transgendered Americans. Sure, there are going to be some who enlisted to get the surgeries and hormone treatments paid for by taxpayers, but many others serve for the sake of serving.

But the military is not a platform for social justice.

The transgender individual on the ABC panel with me said the military should be diverse, and look like the rest of the country. No. The military should fulfill its sole purpose of destroying the enemy’s ability to wage war against America.

And that’s it.

Rod Thomson is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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D-Day Military Truth War

Message of Normandy: Our Nation Conquers Evil

By Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

Once again, the time arrives for us to pause and recall the Herculean efforts made by our soldiers, our country, and our European allies on the beaches of Normandy in 1944. This time, however, we come to June 6 under the most sobering of circumstances, and the need to remember who we are as a people.  

Like with our predecessors, we find our European friends in Great Britain, France and elsewhere under assault by the darkest and most sinister forces imaginable. The war being waged upon western society and our way of life is existential in its proportions, and those seeking the slaughter of innocents and the elimination of entire societies will not stop until they have accomplished their mission of exterminating the infidels and killing anyone who disagrees with their deranged perception of their religion.  

But on June 6, 1944, we fought back against evil with unwavering resolve and a fighting force of over 326,547 Allied fighters. We did this because we, the American people, with our friends in Europe, recognized that humanity was encountering evil, and when confronted with such wickedness there was no other choice than to exterminate it.

So, today, in light of the scores of attacks upon our allies, upon our interests, and upon our soil we are faced with the inescapable question of whether there exists a difference between the evil we faced on June 6, 1944, and the one we face today. And if our forefathers made the decision to confront such an evil as resolutely and uncompromisingly as their wills would allow, then aren’t we equally as obligated to stamp out the threat to our peace and security today?  

The fact is, that just as in World War II, whether we admit it or not, the United States and its European allies have already been dragged into a war. What President Trump has understood, that many still do not, is the existential nature of this latest confrontation.

 

Realities of the homefront battle

The war in which we find ourselves is wholly different from others we have previously waged. This is not a territorial war. It is not a war for access to a year-round port, nor is it for the control of a precious mineral. This war is waged simply for the soul of western civilization and for the permanent control of its posterity. And like any other war, if we are to prevail, we must take the offensive.

And how do we do this?

We must begin with a concerted effort to root out terrorist sympathizers wherever they hide.

• Let no uncivil agitator or potential terrorist rest easily for fear of being raided amidst planning his plot.

• We must build our southern wall and enforce our immigration laws so that anyone crossing our borders does so only with our blessings and after submitting to our scrutiny.

• We must ensure that those entering our country remain here only for as long as they have been given permission and no longer.

Towards this end, the U.S. Supreme Court must accelerate its reversal of the lower courts’ opinions regarding President Trump’s travel order and recognize the innately obvious — the United States does have the right to selectively close its borders, particularly under the threat of an attack coming from abroad.

 

Realities of the offshore battle

On the foreign front, we must engage with our allies in a concerted and overwhelming effort to root out all elements of evil and terrorism quickly and decisively. And let anyone who stands in our way do so under the fear of complete annihilation.

Each of us must accept the real notion that some of us may have to die in defense of those things we hold so dear and that such a death is a worthy and noble investment so that our progeny may live in freedom and in a state of unoppressed service to God.  

These are, at the very least, the measures we must take merely to begin to successfully prosecute this war.

The battles in Normandy saw more than 209,000 allied casualties with 16,714 confirmed deaths. Like our brethren of the Greatest Generation, we must remove all doubt as to our resolve and be confident that in this battle like those that preceded it

We fight for righteousness and peace — a peace that sometimes demands we reluctantly but resolutely pick up a weapon.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.

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Memorial Day Military Truth

Memorial Day: Legacy of The Last Full Measure

by Rep. Julio Gonzalez

(From a speech Florida Rep. Julio Gonzalez delivered at the 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery.)

Fellow veterans, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to address you on this most sacred and solemn occasion.  

“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

These are arguably the most famous last words uttered by a patriot in faithful service to his country.  Of course, these particular words were uttered by Nathan Hale, a soldier in Washington’s Revolutionary Army, when he was captured by the British and prepared to be hanged. And let’s recall who Nathan Hale was. He was a graduate of Yale University. He was a teacher. He was barely 22 years old with all his life ahead of him, and he volunteered, not only to serve in the militia, but to go on his mission.  

But his were by no means the only last words.  

Some have said, “Tell my wife I love her.”

Others said, “Take care of my kids.”

And still others said, “I’ll go.”  

And, of course, there are countless men and women who died in service to this great nation who never even had the opportunity to share with us their final thoughts. Men and women who paid the ultimate price in the Middle East, at the World Trade Center, in the jungles of Vietnam and Korea, in the fields of Europe during World War II, and World War I with its trenches and all its atrocities, in the Pacific theater, during the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, among so many other wars and battles in our history.

 

Never forgetting those who gave all

Today, we take a moment to honor those patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us may live free and so that our way of life may long endure.

I tell you, it is small wonder that this nation that prides itself on its reverence to the liberties and rights of each and every member of society has given rise to the greatest fighting force known to man.  And I can assure you that the strength of our armies lie not in our accumulation of expensive equipment, or in our collection of gallant ships, or even in our war birds that are able to stealthily fly through the night. 

No. The greatest asset of our fighting force is the fine collection of selfless men and women who, despite knowing that theirs is a journey from which they may never return, volunteer to undertake it nevertheless

And they did it for us!  

These men and women put it all on the line, not because they hated what lay before them, but because they loved what stood behind them. They knew they were fighting for something so incredible; so magnificent, so unique, that it stood as an ideal that was worth sacrificing anyone’s life. They sacrificed because they knew that upon these United States of America laid humanity’s greatest hope.  They knew that they were part of a great experiment that redefined the relationship between man and government, and they knew that it was an experiment that cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to fail.  

And with stakes as high as these, can we ever allow their deaths to go in vane?

 

Honor by teaching our children

As we remember and reflect upon the great and varied sacrifices our servicemembers have made for us throughout our history, let us resolve to not allow their efforts to fade into posterity. Let us acknowledge that it is not enough for us to remember their courage, their selflessness, and their sacrifice. If we are truly to honor their lives, and their deaths, then we must also pick up their bayonets and continue their march where they left off.  

Let us teach our children the meaning of their actions and the reasons for their sacrifices. Let’s remember that there are so many things greater than ourselves; things like our faiths, our families, and our country, and that none of these will long survive unless we are willing to fight, and yes, die, for their continued existence. Let us undertake each and every act as if the legacy of these fighting men and women depended on the success of each of our actions, because I assure you that they do.  

And let us resolve to continuously strive to serve as the great example for others to emulate and to recognize the great potential of a nation resigned to promote peace, even if such a peace means having to reluctantly pick up a sword.

If we do this, if we succeed in spreading love and justice to the rest of the world through our actions through our thoughts, through our government, and through our way of life, then the last words of General Robert McCormick who died in the hope of keeping a nation untied will remain fulfilled: “[that] the loss of ten thousand such lives as yours and mine would be nothing if their sacrifice would but save such a government as ours.”

May God keep every one of those who sacrificed for the benefit of our great nation close to Him; May He bless each one of us here assembled, and may God bless these United States of America.

 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.