Our military is no place for discrimination.
The bitter irony of Trumps Trans Ban tweet was not lost on me.
Nearly 70 years to the day on July 26, 1948 that President Truman signed an order abolishing racial discrimination in US Armed Forces which eventually led to the end of segregation in the armed services, President Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets that transgender people would be banned from serving in our military.
Another step backward in his quest to Make America Great Again?
A patriot willing to sacrifice their liberty so we can have ours is a hero. Whatever their race, gender or religion.
It’s common defense sense that the only qualities that matter in the military are skills, determination and character.
Freedom For All
Seven years after Truman issued his executive order 9981 forever banning racial discrimination our military, this 1955 ad from John Hancock insurance featuring inductees proudly taking their oath into the military declared:
“Freedom is the most precious of our possessions.
But we do not all share its cost equally. The heaviest tax it imposes is the obligation to bear arms in times of danger. There are hundreds of thousands who have paid this cost with their lives. There are millions of others who pay it in precious years…men who give up their personal liberty for a while so we can enjoy ours forever.”
Transgender men and women have always served in the US military. The are our veterans and our heroes. They have chosen to give up their personal liberty for a while so we can enjoy ours forever!
Allow them the privilege to serve.
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