Military Ban

President Trump has said about how he believes that transgender individuals should not be allowed to serve in our military and there were a set of tweets that finally stated that he would no longer be allowing them to serve. On August 25th he finally told the military to stop Obamas plan and not let transgender individuals serve anymore. Along with this he also banned the Department of Defense from providing medical treatment for the transgender individuals who are currently serving. An official stated that the president was “all for keeping the LGBTQ community protected, but the ban is a matter of national security”. This ban reversed many years of hard work that the LGBTQ community has done to gain rights and there are several people who were angered by this. John McCain came forward and stated that he would support legislation to block the Presidents ban. He stated that “individuals who meet the qualifications for service should be allowed to do so regardless of their gender identity.”

McCain saying this made me think of civic republicanism and I think that people who believe in this would be against banning transgender individuals from the military.  The reason for this is that they believe in helping the community. By serving in the military a person is doing a lot to protect their community and their country. I think that by banning them you are taking away their choice to do this. Also civic republicans have a sense of responsibility towards each other and for one another’s well-being. The people that are standing up for transgender individuals and the politicians that are trying to protect their right to serve are doing it for them. They might not gain anything out of it, but they want to make sure that everyone is free to do what they want.

Everyone standing up for this made me think of Barn Raising. People who might not be in the LGBTQ community themselves are still standing up for those individuals who this ban will affect. Politicians came out saying how they don’t support this and there were protests that took place after the ban was announced, I think this shows how even though people usually stick to themselves, when something happens that collectively people do not believe is right, this leads to them wanting to help one another and sick up for what is right, even if the thing that is happening might not directly affect them.

I also thought of Anti- Federalists while I was reading about this . I think they would use this situation to show why having a big government is not the best way to run a country. This was something that the president just did and the people got no say in it. They would say that the president and the other branches of government have too much power to do whatever they want. They would have wanted a situation where everyone could have voted and decided whether or not they wanted to make it so transgender individuals could serve or not.

The Defense Secretary came out and said that transgender troops who are currently serving will be allowed to re-enlist. There are a bunch of issues with the department trying to figure out how they will begin to implement the Presidents ban, so until this is figured out those who are already in will be allowed to stay. It is only a matter of time before they figure out what to do and so if the ban ends up staying a lot of transgender military members are worried what might happen to them in the future.


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3 Responses to Military Ban

  1. garrettcecich says:

    The political power of the POTUS waxes and wanes with the personality of the person who holds it. In the 80’s with President Reagan, we saw the most hands-on approach to running the country than we have seen since the second world war. As our country settled into a (relatively) peaceful era, our presidents have grown less headstrong, and typically cede some of the more menial powers to congress and the senate. This is one of the many reasons why people argue for a lessening of federal power.

    More widely-reaching presidential power has usually arisen in history in the same context that Roman Dictators were chosen (*It is important to note that a Dictator in the Roman Republic was a leader chosen in an emergency who had more power than was usually given to one man, these men were more akin to Cincinnatus than they were to Stalin). Typically, presidents have only acted on this power during times of emergency or national uncertainty (think about FDR in WWII and Reagan during the Cold War). Trump has set a precedent with his executive order to ban trans people from the military. This was not a pressing matter for the US military (at least as far as I am able to research, sentiment within the rank and file may be very different), and the banning of transgendered soldiers doesn’t really solve any problems within the organization – So the question arises: Why issue this executive order?

    The FBI raided Paul Manafort’s house just a couple hours before the President tweeted to the world that he would be banning transgendered people from the military. In essence, this order only served to distract the public from a worse headline. While I think a lot of the criticism of the President has been subject to hasn’t exactly been warranted, this is one event that I took serious issue with. The President constantly criticizes the mainstream media as biased and dishonest, he used a media tactic to distract the public from new occurrences in the Russia investigation.

    We, as a country, do not deserve to be subject to the will of one man, unless we are in a dire situation. Trump has been exercising power that some might feel is inappropriate for a peacetime President to exercise.

    As an important note, this argument has been made from both sides throughout history – Republicans said it about Obama, and Democrats said it about Bush, however, arbitrary executive orders that are made very public, and which represent no real advantage to the country, are not common in our history.

  2. bohumilak says:

    When thinking about the decision of not allowing transgender individuals to serve in U.S. military, what comes to my mind is mental health as a security concern influencing how a person perceives the world, makes decisions, and manages stress. The issue is whether the individual’s condition can cause a dysfunctional or unpredictable behavior. Not implying that transgender individuals has to meet any above mentioned case, we still have to think about them in the light of certain abnormality. As stated by The American Psychological Association: “Transgender people are more vulnerable to symptoms of depression and anxiety, which is at least in part attributable to the social stress they experience as members of a gender minority population. Transgender people may also face challenges related to the need to affirm gender identity and the social and physical changes this may require.” Apart from that, especially in the army they can face discrimination, not helping to their mental health even if almost 100% normal. So the decision of Donald Trump is not that unreasonable. Argument that this ban reversed many years of hard work that the LGBTQ community has done to gain rights may be a bit exaggerated. Nonetheless, I agree that banning the Department of Defense from providing medical treatment for the transgender individuals who are currently serving, does not seem appropriate at all.

  3. manuelgama21 says:

    There are definitely elements of civic republicanism in the way that the American society reacted to Trump’s decision. I like that you connected the reaction to reestablishing the military ban with Barn Raising. I think it is relevant to mention how Kemmis talked about the importance of working with members of the community to get things done, even if they don’t like everything about each other. While there are sectors in this country that don’t necessary agree with the lifestyle of the LGBT community, decades of protesting and the political support that came, mostly, from the Democratic party have eventually bring us to the point where large portions of the population can support LGBT people. After a long road, they are finally seem as part of the American community.

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