But in the name of political correctness we're not supposed to even question it. That Ms. Simpson is transgendered can be mentioned, parlayed, bandied about by the president, presumably to prove how unbigoted he is (which in itself is a form of bigotry), but don't you dare question the reasoning (or confusion) behind her choice. Ms. Simpson's sanity is peerless. Aside from her desire to actually have her penis removed, we're told that she is otherwise completely normal and should be treated as such. Even if she isn't completely normal. That's right. I said it. She isn't.
There will be many who will respond to this article claiming that I have no idea what I'm talking about, that I am some middle-America redneck, that I need to get out to the coasts more. While this article isn't about me, and while I live in New York, I do want to share my own personal experience in this matter. I was very close friends with someone who underwent gender reassignment. I was his friend throughout the whole process, from when he became a she. This person had a sweet heart and was one of the most intelligent people I've ever met in my life. But one thing is for sure — this person was suffering. And the operation merely traded one form of suffering for another; it wasn't a solution or empowering or courageous. It was unfortunate and, frankly, strange. And while I still have lots of respect and support for this person, the whole episode left me thanking the powers that be that I wasn't afflicted with the same issues that my friend had. What's interesting about the experience is that at the time, being more politically correct and "hip," I didn't question my support for my friend's choice. After seeing what my friend lived through and continues to live with, perhaps I should have.
The selection of Ms. Simpson to the commerce post is yet another example of the endless game of identity politics engaged in by the current administration, at the cost of competent leadership. After all, the proof is in the pudding and a year into the Obama presidency, it's clear there are questions around this administration's competence. Even the most ardent Obama supporters are starting to question the handling of virtually every dust-up and for good reason. Whether Obama has been right or wrong on policy, he's almost always blows the nuance of the political dance with the American people and this falls squarely on the back of his cabinet. As such, he should really reconsider his identity-based appointee approach, in favor of a purely merit-based one. As if that will ever happen.