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The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, however, is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. 

He has been congressionally empowered with enormous latitude regarding matters of military readiness.

The powers are expansive, with too few constraints. They were vested in our chief executive even before the 9/11 attacks on America. 

 They have grown since then. They need to be restrained, and the president’s powers need to be harnessed.

Accordingly, the revelations last year that President Trump was going to ban America’s entire transgender population from serving in the military was deeply troubling.  Empowered by new conservative Supreme Court justices, he could likely prevail in the High Court. Yesterday, by a 5-4 vote, he did.

Despite professional recommendations, military advice, and a Rand National Defense Research Institute study, the transphobia of Donald Trump has been given a judicial seal of approval. It is a sad day for our country, and a slap in the face for everyone in our community.

SFGN condemns and censures the impeachable president for his wicked shortsightedness. All of the professional studies discussing the participation of transgender populations serving in our armed forces have reached a conclusion that their service does not impede or impair military readiness in any fashion. 

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The Supreme Court decision is morally wrong and socially unacceptable. It is from another century long since past. A transgender person who is fit should be allowed to serve in America’s armed forces.  Ironically, it is President Trump who is unfit, and should not be allowed to serve in the White House.

Any American who wants to serve and can meet the military’s standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so. It is an all-volunteer force built upon having the most qualified Americans. 

It is supposed to be based on honor and trust, not arbitrary and capricious classifications molded by presidential neanderthal-ism.

The National Center for Transgender Equality estimates that more than 15,000 transgender people are serving in the military.

The ban destroys dignity and unjustly demeans many lives.  It is the president who should be so dishonored, not loyal souls capably serving our country. The permissive and perverted president who brags about grabbing “pussy” has screwed us once again.

Discrimination based on gender identity is sex discrimination at its worst. It is an unconscionable policy, which rightfully came to an end under the administration of Barack Obama. Abandoning an enlightened policy to move back in time is yet one more reason to bring an end to the era of Donald Trump

 

Americans who serve in the military are called upon to defend our beliefs, sometimes in war, and sometimes in uniform. If equality is a principle we can fight and die for, it ought to be a principle we should live by.