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The Dilemma of the Right Regarding Jenner

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In the four days since Bruce Jenner came out as a woman named Caitlyn, many Americans have celebrated her transformation as a courageous and even heroic act.

But, according to the Washington Post,  “Among the social conservatives who are a powerful force within the Republican Party, there is a far darker view. To them, the widespread acceptance of Jenner’s evolution from an Olympic gold medalist whose masculinity was enshrined on a Wheaties box to a shapely woman posing suggestively on the cover of Vanity Fair was a reminder that they are losing the culture wars.”

The controversial situation has polarized the country.  Conservatives complain that by making the weird normal, the far left is making the normal weird.  The media has been pushing for transgender people to be recognized and embraced.  This makes conservatives feel isolated and frustrated.  As the Washington Post puts it:  “They see it as immoral and foreign.  They drew comparisons to two grimly futuristic novels, George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.'”

“People feel like they’re under siege and that the terms of the debate are now you either applaud it or you’re a bigot,” said William J. Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan administration. “It’s like American culture is being dragged kicking and screaming not only toward acceptance but approval.”

At a time when the Supreme Court is considering how to rule on same-sex marriage, this bizarre moment leaves the GOP presidential candidates in a predicament as to how to handle it during their campaigns.  Some moderate conservatives have no problem with it, but the farther right conservatives do not wish to accept it.  Most of the Democrats have uniformly praised Jenner’s “bravery”, as they call it, while only a few middle of road GOP candidates have even spoken publicly on the matter.  Rick Santorum had said “If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” and some conservatives grew irate with him.  He attempted to backpedal on his statement in an interview with Breitbart.  “It was an attempt to deflect and focus on the principle of loving everyone.”  On Facebook he wrote that he “meant to express empathy.”

Mike Huckabee tried to make a joke about it, saying, “I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in P.E.”  When he was asked to comment further, Huckabee said, “I’m not going there.”

GOP strategist Ed Rollins suggested that Republicans leave it alone.  “You can wish him or her well, but if you’re not careful, you can end up insulting a large portion of the population.”

This appears to be a no-win situation.  If the GOP stands on its beliefs, it will alienate the far left; if it trashes its beliefs and embraces the situation it will alienate the far right.  In today’s climate standing for beliefs is only acceptable if you’re a far left loon.  Anything else is hatred and intolerance, according to the oh-so-tolerant liberals, who are far from tolerant of the conservative view.  Their idea of “tolerance” is embracing what THEY believe, and anything else is viciousness.  They have zero tolerance toward the ones out of whom they are screaming for tolerance.  Their double standard is appalling and the mind-boggling idiocy of screaming for tolerance when they are the most intolerant people on the planet is ludicrous.  And they are absolutely incapable of seeing this irony.  They are so busy feeling good about themselves because they’re such wonderful, loving, tolerant folk that they are utterly blind to the vicious hatred and vitriol that they level at the right.

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