According to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis’ move to officially freeze an Obama-era policy to recruit transgender soldiers in 2017 is a pretty popular one amongst most Americans, as it appears roughly two out of every three swing voters agree the Pentagon should halt plans to recruit transgenders.
Per Mattis (via Breitbart):
“Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation? It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military Services.”
Here’s more from Breitbart:
“Throughout 2016, Obama used his power as president to push schools and other institutions to support the claim by transgender activists that people have a hidden “gender identity” which is independent of their sex and biology. These advocates also say that a person’s sex is determined by their “gender identity,” not their male-or-female body. In turn, the advocates demand that the federal government force Americans to accept the sex-switching “gender identity” claims made by each person, regardless of scientific data about genetics, biology and the variety of normal behavior and appearances shown by normal women and men.”
As one can imagine, transgender activists are rather furious over this. As a result, they’ve released a statement suggesting that disallowing transgenders to openly serve in the military would “compromise military readiness.” However, it’s difficult to understand that, considering the requirements of Obama’s policy may actually increase the “distraction” within the military:
“Obama’s proposal is widely opposed, in part, because it would require soldiers to share bathrooms and shower facilities with people of the opposite sex, and would require the U.S. military pay for the expensive procedures — such as hormones and perhaps surgery — used by people trying to live as members of the opposite sex.”
Also, the poll, which you can read here, captures and outlines the data pretty well:
“The cross-tabs, however, showed that GOP supporters split 60 percent for a delay and 23 percent opposition to a delay. Democrats split 33 percent for a delay and 44 percent opposition to a delay.
Importantly, 52 percent of the swing-voting independents back a delay, while only 25 percent oppose a delay — and 23 percent declined to comment. That is a two-to-one preference among swing-voters for delay, and most of the no-comment voters likely favor a delay also.
Among self-described conservatives, 64 percent want a delay, while only 22 percent oppose a delay. Self-described “moderates” split 42 percent for a delay, 35 percent opposed a delay.”
Regardless, I do not anticipate this poll (or any scientific data, for that matter) will end the ever-constant, progressive push by the Democrats, who will most likely continue to devote their focus on the far-left social agendas centered around the topic and idea of “gender.” Stay tuned, folks.