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.