The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Attacking Human Rights for Political Gain

Jul 31, 2017

President Trump tweeted that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Claiming he had consulted with “my Generals and military experts,” Trump wrote, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

One more series of Trump twitter lies. He had never consulted the military and his claims about “costs” and “disruption” were made-up hogwash.

Trump might have thought this lie would fly like so many others. But the Republicans wanted nothing to do with it. They even acted outraged, having the gall to pose as defenders of human rights! After they’ve played the same trick of playing on reactionary attitudes for decades, who can believe it?

The Republicans’ real problem was that Trump lied on the military, and “his” generals were having none of it. They shot down his tweeting lie by announcing: “The Pentagon will make no changes pending further direction.”

None of these people care one bit about the rights of transgender people. But they’re happy to play all kinds of games with human rights for their own political purposes. One more sign this system is rotten to the core!