Last week President Trump announced his decision that he is banning all transgendered people from military service. This decision inevitably caused the left and the radical LGBTQ community to completely lose their minds. Many in the LGBTQ community, along with well known Democrats in Washington D.C., were claiming that transgendered people have the right to serve in the U.S. military, and that President Trump’s decision to ban all transgenders is a violation of their rights. However, these folks seem to forget that the United States military is not an equal opportunity employer, and they regularly discriminate against people with all sorts of physical ailments and mental disorders.
According to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, being transgender is a mental disorder. Michael Chapman from CNSnews.com reported back in 2015, referring to Dr. McHugh’s findings, “transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.” In addition to transgenderism being a mental disorder, there is a study confirming that the suicide rate among transgendered people is 20 times higher than those who are do not suffer from this disorder. So it makes perfect sense that after consulting with his military advisers, President Trump decided to ban a group of people who have been deemed to have a mental disorder and are more prone to suicide. President Trump’s decision was not made on a whim. The decision was made after he diligently assessed the situation and decided that the financial and security cost was just too much of a risk.
However, not all military leaders agree with President Trump.
One of these leaders is deciding to openly defy President Trump and his order. Adm. Paul Zukunft of the United States Coast Guard has stated, “I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of The Washington Post last week. If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.’ “ Currently, the United States Coast Guard has 13 active service members who are transgender and it seems Adm. Paul Zukunft has no intention of complying with President Trump’s order.
Though specific guidance has not come from Secretary James Mattis on how this ban will be implemented and how it will affect those transgendered service members currently serving, the case can be made that Adm. Paul Zukunft is on the edge of committing mutiny, which is defined as a criminal conspiracy among a group of people to openly oppose, change, or overthrow a lawful authority to which they are subject. Military service members of all ranks are expected to follow all orders from their Commander-In-Chief regardless of what their personal opinion is. The only time under the Uniform Code of Military Justice that an order can be refused is if it is illegal.
In this case, President Trump has given a lawful order and Adm. Paul Zukunft is seemingly going to defy this order.
The issue at hand here is two-fold. It has been determined that transgendered folks are more prone to suicide, especially if they are going through a transition, and their mental stability may be lacking in a combat situation due to a combination of factors. Sure, this may not be the case with every transgender, but it only takes one mentally unstable person to get a whole bunch more killed. Add in the financial costs for providing transgender service members with proper care, it is simply not worth the financial or the security cost to allow transgendered people in the United States military. Mr. Chapman from CNSnews.com continued, “While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time Magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
The left has and will continue to have a problem with facts and logic. They would rather put people in harm’s way to be politically correct, than to enact policy that would use the U.S. military for its intended purpose, which is to defend America and kill the enemy. The Trump Administration has not commented on Adm. Paul Zukunft’s remarks, but it is a likely bet that President Trump will deal with the Admiral accordingly if he decides to take this defiance further.