Why Lindsey Graham Is Wrong on Jenner

As a presidential candidate, and a politician in general, Lindsey Graham is wrong to be so anemic on the culture war.

I appreciate Lindsey Graham saying, “I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy.” That’s better than pushing the opposite. But Graham should not have joined in Jenner’s lies, beginning by referring to him by the feminine pronoun.

I am referring to this story in The Hill, “Graham: Caitlyn Jenner ‘welcome’ in the Republican Party.”

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday, the presidential candidate commented on Jenner, formerly Bruce, who recently made her debut after completing a gender transition.

“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me. I’m into addition. I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope she has found peace,” Graham said.

“I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy. But I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,” he added.

I could divert to my opinion of Graham’s claim that he would make us “safe” if he were to become President, but that’s not what this post is about.

Jenner may be able to legally change his name, but he can no more change his sex than he can change his race. He is a man. Period. I’m sorry he has turned himself into a eunuch but that doesn’t change the reality that he is a man.

Secondly, why does Jenner get to “have all the answers to the mysteries of life” while people who claim to be “traditional” must all claim to be agnostic? Jenner is preaching to the nation that men who feel a certain way ought to deal with that feeling by dressing in drag, putting on makeup, taking hormones, and whacking off their private parts.

That’s not a mystery; that is an assertion.

What if some politician’s daughter was found to be self-harming with razor blades? Should she get help? Or should she assert that she has a body dysmorphia because God gave her the soul of a scarred person and cutting is how she gets her right body? The only difference between her and Jenner would be that she could actually become the person she wants to be. She wouldn’t have to pretend like Jenner and other post-op transgenders do.

But obviously, anyone who justified cutting would be condemned for encouraging mental illness in girls. The person would be (correctly) accused of supporting girls in a self-destructive behavior.

So we live in a culture where cutting and self-harm are treated as a problem but cutting away one’s private parts is one of “the mysteries of life” that we should allow in the hope that through such mutilation the person will “find peace.”

Graham is spreading insanity. He is pretending it is profound. He is pretending it is humble when, in fact, it is a groundless dogma.