Sunday, August 02, 2015

Lifting transgender ban in military raises "old chestnuts" with some

James A. Lyons in the Washington Times brings back “old chestnuts” with an op-ed Thursday, “Undermining the military”, complaining that “the armed forces must deal with social engineering”, link here  as it criticizes the lifting of the ban on transgender personnel as well as the 2011 repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” (which had required approval by Congress).
An earlier TWT editorial in March had talked about “the gelding of the military” but now Lyons ventures into the territory of “mental disorder”.  That is to say, not conforming to what society expects from one member as a prerequisite to belonging to some “common good”, must be a disorder, the kind of thinking 50 years ago.
Twenty years ago DADT was justified by concerns about “privacy” in the barracks, as well as concerns over distraction and unit cohesion.  Yet, younger adults do not share the same concerns about the supposed ulterior motives of others with whom they share relatively close quarters as did people in older generations.   Times have simply changed, with technology and living standards, and modernism.


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