Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hate group leader having a meltdown over sane Republicans

“Hartzler's amendment would have prohibited the military health system from providing any treatment for gender dysphoria other than mental health counseling.”
Mat Staver
Mat Staver is pissed. Come to think of it, Mat Staver, leader of Liberty Counsel, is perpetually pissed. This time it is because the House of Representatives rejected Amendment 10 to the 2018 National Defense Re-Authorization Act. The vote was 204 for and 219 opposed. Opponents included 24 Republicans. Apparently Staver thinks that Christians are entitled to all Republican votes (which is often the case).
Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
Amendment 10 was the offering of Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Hartzler, a devout Christian, seems to think that we are not a secular society. She also believes that her job is to impose conservative Christianity on a grateful nation.

Hartzler's amendment would have prohibited the military health system from providing any treatment for gender dysphoria other than mental health counseling. That would include dependents so if a troop's child is suffering with gender dysphoria, the kid is shit out of luck should puberty blockers or hormones be warranted.

According to Staver:
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would have represented a unique opportunity, in a united Congress, to put an end to this abuse of our military and of American taxpayer dollars, by putting an end to the use of defense funding to pay for genital-mutilating “sex reassignment surgeries.”
I have no idea why he has the surgical procedure in quotes. These days we generally refer to it as gender affirming surgery. Staver seems determined to prove just how utterly unhinged he is. Obviously this would have banned more than surgery.
This heinous abuse of presidential power was saved from repeal only by the efforts of 24 Republican members of congress who went against their clear duty to protect the readiness, safety and privacy of military men and women.
By rights, Staver should kiss the ass of any trans person willing to serve — to risk their life for this country — in the environment that he helped create. What has Staver ever done?

It is worth noting that the military health system treats alcoholism, sexually transmitted diseases and drug dependency. Those are essentially voluntary conditions. Having gender dysphoria is not.

In case you are wondering it feels like 100 degrees at the shore line. The longer the cold water runs, the warmer the water gets. South Beach feels like Bangkok.

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