Trump ‘Shocked’ the Military With His Disruptive Tweets on Transgender Troops

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump stunned everyone, including military leaders at the Department of Defense and the Pentagon, by unleashing three unexpected tweets saying that transgender troops would not be “allowed” to serve.

Thursday on radio, Glenn agreed that the military should focus on protecting the country and not be burdened with extra medical costs, but he objected to Trump’s disruptive tweets.

"The pentagon didn't know the president was going to say these things. The pentagon wasn't there. They were shocked. In fact, the Secretary of Defense was on vacation," Glenn reported.

According to a story from Politico, the tweets were intended to distract from activity in the House.

House Republicans were planning on passing a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build the border wall with Mexico. Trump was apparently reacting to an internal Republican fight about transgender troops that threatened to take down the bill.

"Let me just say this...defund the GOP," Glenn stated. "The internal fighting is what made Donald Trump say, 'I'm just gonna say this and tweet this out.'"

Our military put their lives on the line more than anyone in the general population and certainly more than politicians.

"They make much less money. We give them the absolute worst medical care after they have fought and died for us, they're dying in line at our stupid socialized medicine VA hospitals. Knock it off. Let the military make the military decisions --- period. You want a bill passed? Get off your fat ass and go to Capitol Hill and actually get them to pass the bill on its merits. Do not use our military as a pawn or a token," Glenn said.

GLENN: Hello, America. Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. All right. Let me give you an update on what happened yesterday. Yesterday around this time, Donald Trump tweeted these tweets:

After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised the United States government will not accept nor allow transgendered individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with a tremendous medical cost and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.

All right. At first blush, I want to say I agree with the president on this. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with tremendous medical cost and disruptions that -- and I just take out transgender and put that anyone in the military would entail.

So on the forefront, I want you to know. I am not for anything that disrupts the military. With that being said, let's start with this disruption. This tweets, this policy shocked the pentagon. The pentagon didn't know the president was going to say these things. The pentagon wasn't there. They were shocked. In fact, the secretary of defense was on vacation. Why did this happen? Why did he make this? Well, politico reported last night the house Republicans were planning on passing a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build the border wall with Mexico. But an internal house Republican fight over transgendered troops was threatening to blow up the entire bill.

So what happened? The internal fighting between the freaking GOP. Let me just say this. Define GOP. The internal fighting is what made Donald Trump say "I'm just going to say this and tweet this out. And hope to get that bill passed."

Trump's sudden decision was in part a last ditch attempt to save the house proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat. Numerous congressional and White House sources said.

Okay. So to get something else done, he causes disruptions in the military. The military has been studying this, and they asked for more time. They asked for everything -- any decision to be delayed until I think it's January 1st, 2018. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't hate anybody. I don't -- what you do is your business. What surgeries you want to have, your business. How you identify. Your business. But the military is in a special class. It cannot be disrupted from excellence. It cannot be a place where anyone gets special favors.

If you saw the movie hacksaw ridge, they were brutal to this kid because he's going to get us all killed because he is somebody who won't pick up a gun.

Okay. Well, that didn't turn out to be the case, did it? But he wasn't given any special favors. What he was promised was what everyone is promised. If you're a conscious objector, we'll send you to the front lines. We don't recommend it. We think you should leave because there are people with guns, and we can't count on you. So everybody in the team, don't count on that guy to save your life because he ain't going to.

Okay. Promised in the Constitution. But you have to hit all of the standards. So let me go through this point by point.

First, yesterday it was announced that we have 4,000 transgender people in the military. I don't think that number is true. But let me play this both ways. Just think this through logically. That comes from the Rand corporation. And what the Rand corporation did was just take the general population and then say this is how many we have in the general population percentage-wise. Let's just put that against the military. So that would mean if it's exactly the same in the military as it is in the general population, there would be 4,000 people serving.

We do know that once this transgendered thing came out from President Obama, the military you were open to come out and say "I'm transgender."

Only ten people raised their hands in the entire U.S. military and said "I'm transgendered."

Now, I don't care if it's 4,000 or ten. What does that tell you? That tells you that transgendered people had been serving in our military, and they haven't caused a disruption. Because did you know we had any transgendered people in the military? I mean, it's not something I ever thought of. It's kind of like, you know, the way I was with gay people in the military. I don't know. Of course, there are gay people in the military. There are gay people have been, you know, presidents, kings, villains, great guys, you know, fighting in the opposition military and fighting in ours. Forever.

Of course, there are gay people in the military. And as long as they're not causing any disruption to the actual job of the military -- and I say that about anybody. As long as your faith -- if there were a group of Mormons that are, like, okay. I cannot fight on Sunday. You're out, dude. Because there's going to be fighting on Sundays.

So there are ten people that we know of, and they had to self-identify.

So as long as you can do the job, I'm good. And I think every fair-minded American is that way. As long as you can do the job, I'm okay. As long as you are not asking for any special exemptions or special favors, I am good.

Next point. Point number one. There are people already doing it. We only know of ten. Don't believe the numbers. It might be more than ten, but it's not more than 4,000.

Two. I looked up elected surgeries that are given to vets and soldiers. Elective surgeries are not covered by the VA. Lifesaving surgeries are. For instance, liposuction. Liposuction is not covered by the VA unless it will save your life. Then the VA covers it, and you'll get liposuction. But not for everybody who says "I'm a little fat."

So is this a life-saving elective surgery? No.

In fact, the research shows exactly split at best when it comes to the suicide rate. This is gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria means you feel and think one way or the other. Okay.

Where does that end, in the first place? In Canada, they are currently dealing with another dysphoria, and that is capable and handicapped dysphoria. People are going into hospitals now and while I can say with this, I'm going to. It's sick.

They're going in and saying I don't feel fully capable. I have always identified as a person who is handicapped who only has one leg. And they're asking doctors to take off a leg because they identify as a handicapped person.

Any doctor that would perform that is insane and needs to lose their license. When it comes to gender dysphoria, okay. Is it life-saving?

Meaning, if you want to do that, you can pay for it and on your own time, unless it's life-saving. I'm not giving people liposuction. I'm not giving them plastic surgery. But if it's lifesaving. Okay. Let's look at life-saving.

46 percent is the suicide rate for those with gender dysphoria. 46 percent. So anybody A, who doesn't have empathy and compassion for those people who are struggling with gender dysphoria, God help you.

46 percent.

Now, those who have the surgery, what is their suicide rate? The most positive suicide rate study that I can find shows that it is 46 percent of those who have gender dysphoria commit suicide. Those who then go on and have the surgery, 45 percent of those commit suicide. It's flat. It is not a life-saving treatment.

Okay. So elective surgery for life-saving treatment. When you look at the younger demographics, people who are 18 or below, people who are in their 20s and have this surgery, those numbers begin to shift, and the suicide rate for those who have had the surgery actually goes up. So you can make the case that this surgery is not lifesaving. In some groups, it actually kills you faster.

Three. Can you meet the standards? As long as you can meet the standards, I don't care. And I don't think any American cares. But you've got to climb that wall. You've got to carry that pack. You have to be able to protect your brothers in arms. It's not just your life. It is all of our lives. And the future of our country and our children. Anything that government does, it should be the -- the military should be the last place culture changes, unless it is a rape culture. Unless there is actual abuse going on and damage going on because of the culture.

When it comes to new ideas in the culture, new experiments in the culture, the military should be exempt from all of that.

The only question is can you perform the duty?

My dad wanted to be in the marines really, really bad. He wasn't welcome. My dad somehow slipped past the doctors with his flat feet. But my dad stood on a marble floor in our bakery that had these old, marble floors. Our bakery used to be in the lobby of an old hotel. And then they converted it into a bakery, and we bought it. My father walked on marble floors his whole life. That man stood all day long making cakes and pastries and everything else. And his feet hurt.

He got past the screening process to get into it military. Unfortunately, the standing he said that they had to do something -- and this is the way I remember the story as a kid. They had to do something where they had to stand on one foot for a while, and then another foot, and he could not do it. And he was ejected. Nowhere at no time have I ever heard that story on my family on that damn military. My dad said they had standards. I couldn't meet them. And it was one of the biggest disappointments of my life.

Hit the standard, and everyone is welcome. Miss the standard, and I don't care who you are. You're out.

Politically, knock it off. GOP, Donald Trump, DNC, knock it off. These people work their ass off and put their lives on the line more than me or anyone in the general population and certainly more than you politicians. They make much less money. We give them the absolute worst medical care after they have fought and died for us, they're dying in line at our stupid socialized medicine VA hospitals. Knock it off. Let the military make the military decisions. Period. You want a bill passed? Get off your fat ass and go to Capitol Hill and actually get them to pass the bill on its merits. Do not use our military as a pawn or a token. Period.


Let’s thank the Pilgrims for defeating Socialism this Thanksgiving

This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.


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