Convicted traitor Bradley Manning, as you may know, has undergone an identity change. The day after being handed a 35-year sentence for violating the Espionage Act, Manning said that he wanted to change his name and begin living his life as a woman. His name change was approved, but the matter of his requested hormone replacement therapy has been up in the air. That is, until now.
According to USA Today, Manning will be approved for the hormones, allowing him to make his transition from male to female while incarcerated at Leavenworth. In a leaked memo, Col. Erica Nelson wrote that the treatment was “medically appropriate and necessary” in approving the plan.
The Treasonous Transgender
In 2013, Manning was convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks after having become disillusioned with America’s wars in the Middle East. Since that conviction, Manning filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that he had the right to hormone therapy as paid for by the U.S. Army.
According to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality, it would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment” to deny Manning the drugs. Stretching credibility beyond the breaking point, she said, “If she has a heart attack, they have to treat that, too. This is no different.”
It isn’t? Will Manning die if he is not permitted his hormones? I understand that he’s been diagnosed with whatever official DSM-IV psychological illness they call it, but the “treatment” and the diagnosis are at conflicting aims. If he was diagnosed with anorexia, would they provide him with pills to suppress hunger? If he was diagnosed with body dysmorphia, would they give him anabolic steroids? You don’t treat psychological conditions by facilitating the twisted desires they cause. You treat the condition itself.
I could care less if Bradley/Chelsea considers himself/herself a man or a woman. You want to jump the gender fence, go right ahead. But to even consider providing him with taxpayer-funded hormones is insane. Can we run a poll and see how many Americans support such a crock? How did we get to this point? How is facilitating a sex change a medical necessity on the level of heart attack treatment?
There was a time when we spat on those who committed treason. There was a time when we shunned the perverted and the psychotic. But today’s tolerant, everything-is-as-good-as-everything-else society wants no part of that. Traitors are to be respected and trannies are to be held up as courageous heroes. Meanwhile, if you believe in the flag and worship God, you’re a walking, talking abomination.
In the next year, Republican candidates will start their campaigns in earnest, many of them touting one version of “Restore America” or another. With every passing day, though, I become more and more convinced that we’re past the point of restoration. Ours is a rot that may require amputation. Manning, no doubt, can relate.