If you want to be part of Joe Biden’s administration, you need to be a “first.”
I don’t mean “first” like first in your college graduation class. Heck, Biden himself was only in the top 50% of his law school class according to Biden and only in the top 85% according to the school records.
No, not that kind of first. After all, this is a Democrat administration and so we’re not talking about dead white patriarchal European so-called merit.
What we’re talking about is that you need to be a “first” in your skin color or sexuality. Such as “first Asian Director of the Office of Management and Budget” or “first black woman vice president” or “first gay cabinet member” or “first Native American cabinet secretary.”
Or the subject of this column. Biden boasts that he has nominated the first transsexual Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services.
I have nothing against transsexuals. In fact, I wrote a column a few years ago expressing admiration for the former Bruce and now Caitlin Jenner. So long as they don’t prey on children or molest me or the other wildlife, I don’t care a fig about what a person does sexually in private with consenting people, animals or inanimate objects. (On second thought, let’s leave innocent animals out of this.)
But the left does care. If a person is gay or lesbian or bisexual or multi-gendered or transsexual, that’s to be celebrated almost as much as if they identify as one of the racial minorities on whom the left chooses to condescendingly smile and from whom they harvest votes.
And not just celebrated, but heroized. And not just heroized, but promoted.
So this particular individual who a few years ago had his male organ detached, turned inside out and inserted into his abdomen to make it into something like a female sex organ, gets celebrated, heroized and promoted to a cabinet under-secretary position.
When we ask about his qualifications for this job, they tell us that he’s the first transsexual to get promoted to such a position. When we repeat the same question, they repeat the same answer. When we repeat the question yet again, they say something like, “Shut up, you bigot!”
But I won’t shut up, because there’s a children’s medical issue here.
The medical issue is whether the surgery to which this nominee voluntarily subjected himself should be performed on children. That issue is within the purview of the job for which Biden has nominated him.
Yes, this surgery does get performed on children. There are 40+ clinics in the United States doing that. The largest transgender youth clinic in Los Angeles, for example, saw 1,000 patients last year. The youngest was a four-year-old.
Many youngsters who undergo gender-reassignment surgery later regret it, as people often regret irreversible things they do before adulthood. Whether such surgery should be performed on children is hotly debated among physicians and psychiatrists.
Surprisingly, sometimes such irreversible surgery is performed on children contrary to the wishes of their parents. Physicians sometimes carve up the sex organs of boys and girls and fabricate them into organs of the opposite sex (can we still say “opposite sex”?) without the consent and indeed against the express wishes of the boys’ and girls’ parents.
At his senate confirmation hearing, Biden’s transsexual nominee was asked by Senator Rand Paul, who is a physician, whether he endorsed this practice. Paul’s exact question is worth quoting:
“Do you support the government’s intervening to override the parent’s consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia?”
Here is the nominee’s exact answer:
“Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary of health, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office and discussing the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine.”
In short, the nominee under oath refused to answer the question.
The media in their reports on this testimony predictably did what they do to Republicans in these situations. They called Senator Paul a bigot and told him to shut up. Most media reports failed to quote either Senator Paul’s question or the nominee’s answer, but instead paraphrased and mischaracterized the exchange.
Whichever side you come down on (I happen to come down on Senator Paul’s side) the question was legitimate and the answer was evasive. For that reason alone, this nominee should not be confirmed.
I don’t care about his sexuality and I don’t care about his “first-ness.” But I do care that he lacks the courage and honesty to give a forthright answer to an important question concerning medical care for children.