Breaking News: Rachel Levine Is a He!
My dear friends, we have been duped. We have been told that Rachel Levine, a biological male, is a she.
No kidding. Absurd as that may sound, the Left, and now even Newsmax, is trying to convince us that Levine is female.
Now, most of us recognize that the guy, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, is male. But regardless, the Left continues to assure us that indeed, Dr. Levine is a woman. At the very most they may concede that he is a transgender woman. And so it is that every time we hear people talk about Levine, they refer to him as she. Today, they even got Newsmax into the act when, during a ten minute televised conversation, the five people involved consistently referred to Levine as "she" or "her." Not one of them acknowledged the overarching reality that Levine is actually–get this–male!
When those of us with a functioning pair of eyes (and ears) attempt to correct them, the Leftists assure us that we are wrong. It matters not that we show them pictures of Levine growing up, or in college, or even as a young professional in the healthcare field where he is unmistakeably male. None of that is relevant to the Left.
Of course, providing definitive proof about Levine's masculinity leads to the inevitable conversation about the complexity of trangenderism, whether one's gender is "assigned" at birth or inherited at conception, and whether there is a theoretical possibility of there being as many genders as there are people (over 7.9 billion). And once it appears that those espousing the existence of only two genders begin to win the debate, as they inevitably will since theirs is the scientifically, experientially, ontologically, and theologically correct position, the transgenderist will ultimately and improperly reach for the First Amendment argument.
The First Amendment argument holds that Levine is a human being and is entitled to identify himself and his sexuality as he sees fit. As such, we are all obliged to honor his gender preference and refer to him in a manner consistent with the gender he demands we use.
But here is where the Left is wrong and where we have allowed ourselves to get duped.
It is true that Levine may identify himself in whatever manner he wants. In his mind, he has the right to view himself as a woman, black, white, svelte, and even attractive. What goes unmentioned is my equally valid right to identify him as I see fit. Although Levine has the right to view himself as a lizard if he desires ("Hello, Dr. Lizard Levine. How are you today?"), he does not have the right to impose his view upon me. Similarly, if Levine desires, he can call himself a girl, a woman, or she all he wants. What he does not possess, despite the Left's insistence, is the authority to dictate to me how I see him, or for that matter, to dictate how the government should treat him. Having finally come to that realization, after all these months of useless debates and rulemaking, we can now back to espousing the undeniable truth.
Breaking news: Levine is a he! And the rest of us should stop playing his stupid game of pretending that he is not.
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Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.