Read at your peril, this article contains information that some might consider disturbing.
In this series, Crossing the Red Line, I will explore how a former Progressive shifted to a Conservative, and how cultural shifts propelled Donald Trump to the White House.
I’m about as rabid of a Trump supporter and Republican as you can be these days. What a lot of people don't know is that I supported Obama in 2008. I used to consider myself fairly progressive. I was just fine with gay marriage, and all forms of equality. I really wanted racial healing in the country as well. Obama represented to me the opportunity to heal divides and truly bring everyone together. The evangelical conservatism of the 80s and 90s never really resonated with me. I remember significant conservative personalities going on TV and decrying gay marriage with arguments like: “If we legalize gay marriage, it’s going to lead to all kinds of social degeneracy.” I laughed it off, as though these people were just relics of history. I’m not gay, but I believed consenting adults could do whatever they wanted.
I was wrong, and they were right, in a more massive way than I could have imagined.
People on the left wonder why the Transgender bathroom issue was such a big deal, and why people fought so hard to stop it. I’m going to enlighten you. It was never about hating Transgender people. It was because they went after kids with their ideology. In this writing, I’m going to lay out why the left not only stepped over the red line, but drove over it with a Mack truck and hasn't stopped yet. The red line, for a lot of people, myself included, was kids. I was just fine with consenting adults doing whatever they wanted.
I remember the first time I started noticing a trend, and a big problem. The year is 2012, and a story broke about Sasha Laxton, the first case I knew about of what was called “Gender Neutral Parenting”. This is done a lot now, but in 2012 I had never heard of it. The gist of the story, is that they hid the gender of the child and encouraged the child to play with whatever gender toys, and wear whatever gender clothes the child wanted. Sasha is a boy, but was encouraged to wear pink dresses and the like. The parents said they were giving the child a choice, but ironically, wouldn't allow him to wear overtly masculine items, like items with skulls, but were perfectly fine dressing him in pink dresses and parading him all over the Internet.
I remember being disturbed by this, on a number of levels. First, the rejection of biological realities. Secondly, this seemed to me to be projecting the parent’s ideology onto a child. Thirdly, I felt they were basically guaranteeing some level of mental illness and gender dysmorphia.
I remember feeling queasy about this story, but maybe I just wasn't evolved enough, maybe I’m missing something and just not cultured, forward thinking, and accepting enough. I thought, “Well, I doubt this will ever become popular, and it won't go any further. This won't be a large scale thing.”
I was wrong again, and in a big way.
Now, here we are in 2017, and there is an actual debate as to whether kids as young as 7 should be able to undergo hormone therapy and block puberty. It’s actually advocated to 13-14 year olds now. Transgenderism is actively promoted and encouraged by the far left. This is no longer a consenting adult choice, it’s pure projection of ideology onto kids who will believe anything the parents tell them. The Progressives, and celebrities have made being gay or Transgender cool. Young kids that still believe in Santa Claus, are taught that they are capable of making a life defining choice at 3-6 years old. Little kids are taken to Pride parades and exposed to public indecency. Even a week ago on Twitter, there was a story of a parent who watched Drag Race with her 6 year old, then encouraged him to wear dresses and makeup. Drag queens are allowed into schools to extol the virtues of their lifestyle to kids younger than 10.
I really wish I was done. Not even close.
The line has moved so fast, and so far, in such a short period of time. A lot of this has been done through Anti-Bullying campaigns. If one questions any of this, than you are just a bigot who wants kids to get beat up and commit suicide. Let me be clear: NO ONE SUPPORTS BULLYING. The LGBT community told us, “We just want to get married, and love who we want.” A sentiment with which I had absolutely no problem. So now, let me ask you a question that will make you question it all:
If a child is mature enough to make a life altering choice of gender, who is to say they aren't mature enough to choose who they have sexual relations with?
This is the final rabbit hole this has all been leading to, over the course of years. Normalization of Pedophilia. Right now, there are multiple advocacy organizations all over the world trying to make this happen. To declare pedophilia a sexual orientation on par with homosexuality. If anyone noticed, some in the LGBT community has recently been using a lot of variants of that term. LGBT, LGBTQ, and the latest, LGBT+. They are trying to normalize “plus” because it encapsulates all the various Gender identities and orientations. The problem is, we never signed up for some of the things that plus includes. I was perfectly fine with LGBT as a term. You add that + and it becomes a different thing entirely, that I will not support.
So now, hopefully any Progressive that reads this can understand why we have a problem. This was never about Transgender bathrooms. The Red Line was involving and indoctrinating kids in your ideology. I know there are people in the LGBT community that have just as big of a problem with this as I do, and I know it doesn't represent the majority. However, it’s still happening, and we as a society have to take a really hard look at what we do to our kids. They should be loved, given a great education, not become vessels to fill with your “progressive” ideology.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.