Men and Women Seek Truth

Postmodernism, a prevailing philosophy in the United States, argues that Truth cannot be objectively known. Truth consists of narratives constructed by people biased by their own ascribed statuses. Therefore, what may be true for one may not necessarily be true for another, but both people’s truths, even when mutually exclusive, hold equal validity.

If this makes no sense to you, much of the world around you might not make much sense to you either. As it happens, this young philosophy fuels the madness of transgender identity and the movement to affirm it as a valid lifestyle.

After Bradley Manning, Bruce Jenner becomes the latest high-profile person receiving gender reassignment surgery. Jenner, a track and field Olympian, born a man, dominated headlines recently because he mentally identifies as a woman. With the help of modern medicine, Jenner plans to live the rest of his life pretending to be a woman. Postmodernism argues that because Jenner believes himself a woman, he is so. My argument that Jenner can never be a woman, but can only be a mutilated man, offends the postmodern sensibility. On the political left, where postmodernism thrives, activist groups pressure lawmakers and society to recognize gender dysphoria as a legitimate lifestyle, instead of a mental disorder fed by postmodernist tenets. Their work, aimed at helping the gender-confused by convincing society to be complicit in a lie, may do more harm than good.

Dr. Paul McHugh, a retired psychiatrist in chief from Johns Hopkins Hospital, wrote a bold piece for the Wall Street Journal describing gender dysphoria as a mental disorder that leads to dire consequences when treated with gender reassignment surgery. To this end, McHugh quotes a 30-year study from the Swedish Karolinska Institute.

“The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population…The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.”

A prescription that Johns Hopkins, America’s premier medical institution, refuses to condone.

Other studies, too, highlight the same phenomenon. The Williams Institute, an LGBT research group at UCLA, finds that the transgendered attempt suicide at twice the rate of lesbians and gays combined. Transgendered men, like Jenner, lead the pack. Transgender rights activists pounced on McHugh, making mostly ad hominem attacks. The statistics, though, speak for themselves.

The reach of this aspect of postmodern thinking even affects young children. 5-year-old Mia Lemay insisted, since she was 2, that she identified as a boy. Her parents, Mimi and Joe–who presumably would not allow Mia to eat ice cream for breakfast as she willed–decided to rename their daughter Jacob, cut her hair, and insist that her preschool treat her as a boy.

“Ultimately, Jacob made that decision in his mind and his heart,” Mimi says. “If we don’t come out now and talk to people and… show people that transgender children are normal and wonderful…then I’m afraid that he will go into the world and meet with hostility.”

Mia/Jacob did not receive gender reassignment medication or surgery, but some parents pursue this course for their children. McHugh explains:

“…[T]here is the subgroup of very young, often prepubescent children who notice distinct sex roles in the culture and…begin imitating the opposite sex. Misguided doctors at medical centers including Boston’s Children’s Hospital have begun trying to treat this behavior by administering puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility. Given that close to 80% of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to child abuse.”

Parents convinced to submit to the will of a toddler, a grown man’s decision to mutilate himself so that he can better pretend to be a woman, and the many people working ardently to change society’s view of the transgendered, do so under the powerful sway of an utterly silly ideology–postmodernism. A 5-year-old girl is not a boy because she says so anymore than Bruce Jenner is a woman, or than I was Luke Skywalker as I proclaimed as a little boy. Truth exists, despite what postmodernists say. Understanding postmodernism for the sham that it is will reintroduce us to clarity and sanity. Or maybe that’s just my own, personal truth.

7 comments

  1. Holy cow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I wrote any comments on any of your pieces. I’ve been reading them, loved them, and had lots to say but life got in the way and to my delight, you’ve been so productive that I can’t believe how much time has passed. I hope you’ll forgive me commenting on past pieces since many of the comments have closed on those pages.

    Ted Cruz (3-24-15)
    You and I have always disagreed on this guy. I am sure that you and I both agree with Cruz on many things but I know that it is his methods that you don’t like since they hurt our cause. And I am coming around to more of your point of view. I think the problem is that I just may not be as aware of the negative effects that he has on the conservative movement. I probably care less about what the press says than you but maybe I should. What I appreciate about Cruz is his willingness to fight, engage the enemy, and him being fearless in articulating our conservative position without any shame or caution. After suffering through the disappointing decision of President George W. Bush to not fight back during the majority of his second term, it seems like we conservatives lost our mouthpiece. Since they already dominate the media, Hollywood, and the schools, I felt like a handicapped mute without a champion on our side. Cruz is one of the few that courageously speaks out and doesn’t care about the consequences. I realize that’s not necessarily a good thing but it speaks to my huge thirst and appetite for someone to stand up for us. The following is a good example:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/05/20/cruz_throws_back_gay_question_to_reporter_do_you_have_a_personal_animosity_against_christians.html

    Nonetheless, I’m surprised that he is running for president and wished that he wasn’t. He has no chance and he could serve more effectively as a senator. I just hope he doesn’t start tearing down other GOP candidates like Rick Perry did in 2011. But the specific examples you mention in your piece are all true, as well as what you wrote about how Cruz plays into the leftists who paint us as extreme lunatics. And so your piece is a sobering one that was good for me to read and put Cruz in perspective. But I wanted to let you know why I cheered for him when he was gathering attention, although I realize now that he was being counterproductive. I don’t think I am alone in us conservatives wanting someone to fight back fearlessly and boldly. And on a side note, my vote for Republicans who I publicly detest are Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Rick Perry. That would be a interesting topic one of these days.

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  2. (Constructionist Approach to Iran, 4-3-15)
    It’s great to read more about political theory. I think if more people understood the political theory and the root of liberalism/progressivism, the more people will realize how naive and dangerous it is.

    The constructionist foreign policy theory as you explained it, falls perfectly within liberalism and their post-modern approach of placing us as God. Instead of recognizing that there is something beyond us that forms the world, liberalism places the liberal and his child-like point of view as king and himself as God; whatever he perceives and dreams up, it must be real and he treats it as such. That is such a dangerous approach to the world, especially when it comes to foreign policy that it is scary to see it, as you explained so well in this article.

    I believe we will pay a dear price for this awful deal in the future. But when the consequences of this deal occur, it will be up to us to explain it clearly since the mass media will engage in damage control and a rationalization & defense of this deal since it was done by Obama. That’s always been the most frustrating part; truth gets twisted and distorted just like the consequences of Obama pulling out of Iraq not being blamed on him but on Bush. The non-truth drives me crazy. I think God hard-wired people like us to point out their untruth and clarify the world with truth.

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  3. Rand Paul, 4-16-15
    I don’t know what to say about this guy. He’s got such mix of confusing values. As you listed, he seems and sounds libertarian just like his father. But he has many non-libertarian views as you articulated. We have discussed what we think of libertarianism in the past, especially involving that awful Brink Lindsey.

    One observation that I would love to hear your comment on: it seems like many non-religious conservatives like to call themselves as libertarians. But when confronted with specific issues such as drug legalization, many fall on the traditional conservative side rather than the libertarian side. And so I have always thought of the so-called libertarians as frustrated conservatives who oppose the Iraq War and is OK with same-sex marriage. In other words, moderate Republicans. (Especially those who did not like President Bush the younger.) Most of us have a mix of view on issues. However I don’t think these people truly understand libertarianism as it is classically defined.

    All of this is to agree with your point; I don’t see Rand Paul as any kind of serious candidate. A few questions for you though: do you see Rand Paul as just another younger version of his father Ron Paul? I find it funny that Ron Paul is not running although he’s been running for decades. Do you know if they disagree on anything?

    Also what do you think of Rand Paul being aggressive with the liberal media but it backfiring when he’s labeled as sexist against women reporters since for whatever reason, he’s only been interviewed by women reporters since his announcement?

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  4. Marco Rubio, 4-17-15

    Ah Rubio. This is my current man-crush of all the GOP candidates running right now. Like you, I vote based on ideas and party rather than the candidate. And so I am not wedded to Chris Christie or any one person. But of all the people running, Rubio is the man for me. In terms of values as well as excitement and charisma, I don’t see anyone better. Fiorina would be my second favorite.

    I understand you take a more cautious approach which is fair enough. His inexperience and some financial potential mini-scandals that I’ve heard about back in Florida are concerning. The fact that he’s not been a governor is a minus but nothing fatal. Everyone talks about his flip on illegal immigration and Prager worries about his tax plan. Nonetheless, he seems to be the best out of all of them so far. But it is early and I am cautiously excited.

    I would love to hear what specific reservations you have about him; not for me to refute but to see if there’s something about him that I’m not seeing. In terms of the various writers you quoted, none of what those people say concerns me. In fact, they sound more like bad sports broadcasters. What Bouie says about only 5.6% saying he is their top choice now is exactly that: now. Just because Rubio isn’t the clear front runner like Hillary, doesn’t mean he’s going to fail. That’s a lame criticism of Rubio or anyone. Any her continued criticism of oh-there-is-some-candidate-for-every-demographic is also ridiculous. Bush will not succeed since when it comes down to it, GOP voters won’t think that he can win due to his name. And so that won’t be a factor in taking away Rubio’s specialness of him being a Latino, as she is pathetically saying.

    Wright’s comments reek of time-filler for these pundits who are biased and are trying to say something profound but comes off as someone who is looking at politics as some kind of sports game. You dismantled her words much better than I. It is too early and I am not wedded to Rubio. But I loved him when he ran for the Senate in 2010. And I am a little surprised that he’s running now. I thought he may wait since he is so young. But I’m glad he’s running since I do believe that he’s the best so far of all the people that’s running. As you said, we shall see.

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  5. Redistribution Reality, 4-20-15

    This is great news! Prager once said that the more people truly examine, engage, think about, and discuss a topic closely, they tend to overwhelmingly come out on the conservative side. This is why shows like Prager and your blogs are so important; they explains logically and plainly the issues which usually lead to the conservative side. Margaret Thatcher was right when she said that facts and the reality of life are conservative.

    The liberal desire for income/wealth redistribution is so strange when you think about it. I think the bottom line is that they must either not understand or not care about how wealth is produced. They must think or presume that everyone who has a higher income must have got it by inheritance or by cheating or stealing. They must also think that those who don’t work as hard or have lesser skills or have lesser career drive should still get the same wealth without having earned it. I just don’t understand this line of thinking. I guess it must be the emotion of envy or wanting a certain outcome? Bernie Sanders the socialist comes to mind. That guy is a bullying and dishonest man in his arguments and position.

    As I said, this essay and the two articles your quote do give me hope. This is what gives me encouragement that despite all the indoctrination of the universities, Hollywood, and the press: the facts of life and its realities will show the people the truth about conservative positions. This is why you and your voice is so important. (and mine too I guess) I have been trying to do my part here in one of the bluest states in the country. And even the hardcore liberals here do see what I mean when I have those discussions with them. I do believe that I am planting those seeds of truth that we talked about. And so reading this is a great bit of encouragement and we will continue to fight on to preserve this great country. Thanks for this essay.

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  6. Iran Deal (4-20-15)

    Sigh… This naive approach to Iran and many other bad guys shows the leftists’ dangerousness and cluelessness. I think the bottom line is that these leftists truly do not understand the nature of evil and have not dealt with them.

    What do you think fuels their thinking? I am sure they mean well and would want to do the right thing. But how can they be this wrong? I mean this leftist president did order the killing of Bin Laden and asked for the death penalty for the Boston Bomber, both of which were conservative moves that I applauded. (I was especially pleasantly surprised about Bin Laden anuthorization since many leftists such as Michael Moore said there was no trial for Bin Laden and also that Bin Laden did not personally kill anyone that we know about.) And yet here he is doing this half-ass, looks-like-a-deal-but-not-really-a-deal with Iran but with but bigger stakes for the world.

    I would love to hear what you think is the motivation behind their thinking. Another great piece but a subject matter that angers and worries me. I am sure that Israel feels very isolated and alone. They deserve our prayers.

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  7. Liberal Creed (4-22-15)

    This is great stuff! And so I’m curious, what made you write this piece and in this satire form? I always find the origins of inspiration fascinating. And do you really think she’ll be more hawkish/interventionist than Obama? Id be curious to hear your thoughts.

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