Trump's transgender ban lets troops get back to business

Friday, August 25, 2017
Chad Groening (

U.S. Navy soldiers carrierA military watchdog was encouraged by a report announcing that the White House is prepared to move forward with President Donald Trump's order to ban transgenders from serving in the United States military.

On July 26, Trump made three posts on Twitter calling for an end to the radical transgender policies that former President Barack Obama imposed on the military before leaving office.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that in the coming days, the White House is expected to send guidelines directing the Pentagon to stop admitting transgender individuals into the military. They will also give Defense Secretary James Mattis the power remove transgenders already serving in the U.S. Armed Forces – based on their inability to deploy.

In addition, the guidelines will also put an end to spending on sex-conversion medical treatments. The two-and-a-half page memo will give Mattis six months to prepare so it can fully implement the new ban.    

Center for Military Readiness president Elaine Donnelly is pleased that the Trump administration is pointing the military back in the right direction – so it can concentrate on protecting the nation, instead of jumping through hoops by trying to implement a social experiment.   


"This is a good thing – the military is not an equal opportunity employer,” Donnelly insisted. “It's there to defend the country.”

She impressed that – contrary to what so-called civil rights activists from the Left claim – the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee every American the right to be a solider.  

“There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces,” Donnelly continued. “So, I think the president is doing the right thing, and his secretary of defense has said he will do the right thing for the right reasons – and the right reasons are to strengthen our military, to improve mission readiness and combat lethality. So, if they act accordingly for those goals, this will definitely be a benefit to the armed forces."   

Donnelly is expecting to see lawsuits from radical LGBT groups challenging the president's policy, but she said that she is confident that several U.S. Supreme Court precedents will be cited to keep the courts from running the armed forces.

Bryan Fischer, who hosts American Family Radio’s Focal Point with Bryan Fischer program, agrees that renegade judges are not given the authority to make decisions for the military.

Bryan Fischer“The Constitution stipulates that Congress alone is tasked with the responsibility to ‘make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces," Fischer pointed out as a guest columnist in his OneNewsNow piece. “Trump is simply restoring constitutional order after Obama's ban on transgenderism last year.”

He insisted that Trump is merely allowing the military be run the way it was originally intended.

“The president's directive is perfectly in line with long-standing military policy, which includes a list of all disqualifying medical conditions that make an applicant unfit for military duty,” Fischer continued. “On that list (emphasis mine): ‘Any history or current psychosexual conditions, including, but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias, are disqualifying. ‘Transsexualism’ and ‘transvestism’ are simply conventional terms for what today has been softened for PC purposes to ‘transgenderism.’”

The conservative host is glad that Trump is getting the military back to the basics and letting troops concentrate on what they have sworn to do without distractions – protect their country.

“The purpose of the military is not to serve as some kind of giant social engineering laboratory,” Fischer concluded. “It is impossible to make a credible case that admitting transsexuals and transvestites to our nation's military will make it more ready to fight our nation's wars.”

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