Trump right on mil­i­tary move

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GRE­GORY J. TOPLIFF War­renville, South Carolina

There is some­thing to be said of President Trump’s tweet to keep trans­gen­der peo­ple out of the mil­i­tary (“Trump is­sues edict: Trans­gen­der troops will not serve in U.S. mil­i­tary,” Web, July 26). As a com­bat-wounded Marine Viet­nam veteran and for­mer law-en­force­ment of­fi­cer I have dealt with just about ev­ery type of hu­man be­ing on the face of the planet. When it comes to peo­ple who are dif­fer­ent from most (in this case, mean­ing het­ero­sex­u­als) we must un­der­stand they are wired dif­fer­ently.

The fact that gays go against the het­ero­sex­ual norm means that some­where along the line there was a cross-cir­cuit­ing of some sort. Oth­er­wise they would be like ev­ery­one else. We must un­der­stand that many, though not all, peo­ple with a men­tal or physical con­flict about who they are also have psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues. If these peo­ple want to be in the mil­i­tary and have the train­ing to use weapons, they should be tested to see if they are men­tally fit to han­dle the reg­i­men­ta­tion of mil­i­tary life.

I’ve met many gay peo­ple who in my es­ti­ma­tion would be detri­ments, not as­sets, to the mil­i­tary. Trans­gen­der peo­ple take it to a dif­fer­ent level.

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