By Tammy Swofford at Economic Affairs:
Sexual deviancy is not a protected civil right. Sexual deviancy exists and is noted by clinical psychiatrists. But deviants should not receive hugs at the White House and a welcomed berth in the military. President Barack Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the combined military forces of the United States of America. He maintains an unusual focus on detrimental policy changes that weaken the traditions and morale of a professional standing army. Why such intense personal interest?
The door was closed the day that my Navy OIC (officer in charge) sat with me and the ten year (mandatory) review of a secret clearance landed on his desk. The officer under review was in my department and under my direct command. He had an incident of public lewdness, an unusual behavior, which had resulted in a civilian arrest. This arrest was now red-flagged. I was asked to pull one of two legal levers. The officer could be recommended for a psychiatric evaluation or processed for discharge. I chose the latter. Performance was not lacking in his duties. But it was time for him to put his uniform up. He had lost the right to wear it.
Things have changed drastically since the designation of Barack Obama as Commander-in-Chief . The man has not served within our ranks nor does he understand the subtle nuances of maintaining good order and discipline. We do have an Activist-in-Chief who believes that members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community must have unfettered access to oath, uniform, and military benefits.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel states he is open to a review of a military ban on “transgender individuals”. Notice he uses the word “individuals”. He is unable to identify a transgender based on socially acceptable means because this individual, may as of yet, not be fully surgically “reassigned”. Man, woman or bearded lady. Who cares?
These things get tricky. Bradley Manning was the source for a huge cache of WikiLeaks documents. He now considers himself to be “Chelsea Manning”. He remains incarcerated within a male military prison at Leavenworth.
Ignoring the obvious, the Secretary of the Defense-of-Deviancy opines, the transgender issue is “a bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it.” Yep. Bradley may be sporting a blonde wig and lipstick. But until he undergoes multiple facial feminization surgeries and has his penis amputated, testes removed, and tissue used to construct a fake birth canal and labia, he is just plain old “Bradley”.