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A Very Stupid Take on the Transgender Culture Wars at NRO

Posted by V the K at 12:44 pm - May 9, 2018.
Filed under: Transgender Issues

J.J. McCullugh at NRO, says cultural conservatives need to embrace the transgender social movement, because he says, if we are willing to accept the transgendereds, the left will respond in kind by backing off on their authoritarian social agenda.

Fat chance.

McCullough, probably because he thinks it lends him credibility, creates a straw man conservative and then knocks it down.

Part one of the compromise will be borne by cultural conservatives and traditionalists. It asks for broad tolerance for the reality that transgender men and women exist, and are entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else.

What Cultural Conservative is saying they are not? Even those of us who note that transgenderism very often walks hand-in-back-pocket with mental illness aren’t demanding that transgendered be deprived of “basic human dignity.” We question how “basic human dignity” is achieved through chemical and surgical mutilation of an otherwise healthy body. We object to the demands made by activist that we be punished for not learning the politically correct pronouns, or let people who are biologically not the sex they claim to identify as into locker rooms, toilets, and dressing room.

Then, for the next part, he makes a demand on the social left that is laughably unrealistic.

But part two of the compromise requires sacrifice on the part of progressives, who are currently overplaying their hand in an effort to strong-arm sweeping social change as a flex of their power. There must be a halt in the use of state authority to impose accommodation of transgenderism in a fashion far more totalitarian than is rationally  justified.

McCullugh doesn’t understand that 1. the social left *never* compromises and 2. “the use of state authority to impose” totalitarian social ends is what the social left is all about these days.  And after they’ve bludgeoned society into submission on transgendereds… without making any compromises… they’ll just move onto the next victim group and push for even more restrictions on the rights and freedoms of others.

The social left didn’t quit on gay marriage once five supreme court justices made it the law of the land. No, they went on to demand that the Government coerce people (bakers, photographers, florists) into participating in gay weddings even when they didn’t want to.

There are groups and individuals whose entire livelihood is caught up in the Victimhood Industrial Complex. They’re not going to fold up their tents and get real jobs just because conservatives concede anything to them.



  1. Re: his “demand on the social left”

    I love his thinking — a very funny one.

    Can anyone be that much innocent? I’ll refrain from using alternative qualifiers that come to mind.

    Or has he been living on some other planet with no satellite TV (nor internet connection) for the last decade or so?

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 12:54 pm - May 9, 2018

  2. I’m reminded of this comic about gun control. Really, you could substitute in any issue: gay marriage, school choice, free speech, etc.

    Comment by Clifford — May 9, 2018 @ 1:42 pm - May 9, 2018

  3. does this guy understand if the left stop using the state to impose their beliefs on people they wouldn’t the left. what part of totalitarian doesn’t he understand?

    Comment by salg — May 9, 2018 @ 2:05 pm - May 9, 2018

  4. “Hey, I have an idea: If we give the kidnappers the ransom money, and let them get away scot free, they’ll stop kidnapping people.”

    Comment by Craig Smith — May 9, 2018 @ 3:03 pm - May 9, 2018

  5. “Hey, I have an idea: If we tax the rich some more, they’ll get used to it and stick around so we can tax them even more!”

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 3:09 pm - May 9, 2018

  6. Progressives don’t know how to not overplay their hand.

    Comment by Niall — May 9, 2018 @ 3:09 pm - May 9, 2018

  7. Geniuses R Us

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 3:09 pm - May 9, 2018

  8. Reminds me a YouTube comment after the recent feminist push for girls to join the boyscouts —

    “I am a 39 year old male, but I identify as a 13 year old girl — so when can I join the girlscouts?”

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - May 9, 2018

  9. It’s as if some “conservative” politicians were as hard in the race of stupidity as their “liberal” counterparts were in the race of evil.

    Oh… that feeling of *deja vu* again.

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 3:28 pm - May 9, 2018

  10. It asks for broad tolerance for the reality that transgender men and women exist, and are entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else.

    Yes•they•do. And they have their “basic human dignity” assured.

    Oh, but, you say, “basic human dignity” means “celebrating” whatever any transgender man or woman demands. Right?

    J.J. McCullough at NRO is suffering the effects of rectal-cranial inversion. J.J. is out there digging around in moral relativism and situation ethics and looking for cures to problems which do not exist.

    Yes, transgender frustration exists. It is a problem unique to the transgendered individual. Now the United Transgendered Intra-continental Transgenedered Basic Human Dignity Victim Settlement Society needs to make their basic bitch clear and evident.

    Then we non-transgendered can decide if we are the cause of what ails them.

    Comment by Heliotrope — May 9, 2018 @ 3:44 pm - May 9, 2018

  11. @10 after,

    Homo Sapiens


    Homo Sapiens Sapiens

    I suggest anthropologues a new branch for our species taxonomy:

    Homo Sapiens Urgentus Sapiens Correctus Validationis

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 3:52 pm - May 9, 2018

  12. Q: What’s the difference between identity politics mouthpieces and gangsters?

    A: Well sometimes you can negotiate with gangsters.

    Comment by Cyril J. — May 9, 2018 @ 5:12 pm - May 9, 2018

  13. I’ve been reading (and following on YouTube) JJ for a long time and he almost always makes good sense.

    He missed the mark this time.

    I think most of us on the right are of the live-and-let-live persuasion. I’m perfectly willing (and obligated) to show trannies (can we say that anymore?) the same respect and decency I’d afford anyone else provided they’re willing afford me the same decency and respect.

    There has to be give and take. Social-cons should avoid giving unnecessary offense and let people be and trans people should also avoid giving unnecessary offense (e.g. bio-males need to stay out of the girls’ bathroom).

    The progs demand that the normals give and give and give while never reciprocating. No matter how much we give, it’s never, ever enough.

    I have to believe JJ knows that.

    Comment by KCRob — May 9, 2018 @ 6:53 pm - May 9, 2018

  14. To V’s point cuz, apparently, going off-topic sets a bad example and promotes diarrhea of the mouth from those who don’t understand the concept, putting-to-fine-a-point (the chatroom-deprived crowd), there are many so-called thought leaders on the right who still don’t understand that there is no such thing as collective thought on the Right. We are not similar to Borg Collective thought drones on the Left.

    There are several mindsets & factions. The only “extremists” that reside on the Right are the warhawks, who’ve settled back to their native stations after the demise of the bulk of the Neocons. Their former partners, the globalist-loving Moderates (the Chamber of Commerce McConnell’s & other out sourcing champions) remaining in position to further collude with the Commies on the Left to degrade America.

    Fiscal Conservatives & Cultural Conservatives who sometimes agree that projection of American power is necessary, but overdosed with Disaster W. Bush & his merry band of nation-building imbeciles, remain in place just to the left on the spectrum of the warhawks.

    These are the bulk of what are commonly known as Patriots (actual country-loving, patriotic Americans), who share their designation with any Right-leaning Libertarians. Patriots are people who do not compromise their values, cuz it is impossible that there would ever be reason to do so.

    The Patriots aren’t going away, aren’t abandoning President Trump’s coalition of many of America’s different factions. A coalition that is all in agreement, finally, to preserve the best of society & oppose radical change. A coalition that accepts natural, eventual evolution of said society but rejects forced tolerance.

    Screw the Marxist Democrats!


    Comment by Hanover — May 9, 2018 @ 9:42 pm - May 9, 2018

  15. Only RINOs support the destruction of gay and lesbian bodies. Only bigots and idiots equate transcultism and gay rights. This hack needs to be fired. I will never support National Review again if they tolerate this form of gay erasure. This is just another stealth means of supporting ex-gay therapy. Do not buy it. Do not tolerate it. Fight it by every means necessary.

    Drop the T. Drop it now, drop it loud, and drop it hard. Make no concessions to the Regressive Left. Break their stranglehold on gay culture for our own good.

    From this moment forward, the transcult is the sworn enemy of the gay community.

    Comment by Matthew — May 10, 2018 @ 3:13 am - May 10, 2018

  16. @ Matthew, how is that ex gay therapy?

    Comment by Pawfurbehr — May 10, 2018 @ 7:35 am - May 10, 2018

  17. How is it not? If it isn’t, explain why Cher would only tolerate her lesbian daughter as a pale imitation of a heterosexual male?

    No way this should be tolerated. Allowing same-sex couples to get a marriage license did not depend on changing the definition of male and female. This is an existential war on homosexuality and on women’s rights; that’s why heterosexual men in dresses and too much make-up went after the MichFest music festival and why Grindr is forced to accept women and trannies while Craigslist has no personals at all anymore.

    The war on homosexuality is part of the overall war on men. The Regressive Left has overplayed its hand yet again and revealed itself for what it really is: anti-gay, anti-Jewish, anti-male (self-hating men are not women, and gay men are neither women nor failed men), anti-monogamy, anti-capitalist, and anti-child.

    Comment by Matthew — May 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am - May 15, 2018

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