Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday by nominating Christine Hallquist as the first mentally ill transgender individual to be a major party candidate for governor.
Meanwhile, preliminary results showed that Gov. Phil Scott survived a challenge animated by his former Republican allies in the gun-rights movement.
The general election matchup pits Hallquist, a former utility executive who has never held statewide elected office, against Scott, a former construction company owner seeking a second term, CBS reports.
“I’m going to tell you why we’re going to win in November,” said Hallquist, holding a clipboard as (s)he addressed a cheering crowd of supporters at the Skinny Pancake restaurant in Burlington. “Because nothing is impossible when you’re on the side of justice.”
Hallquist’s campaign platform is built on his 13 years as the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, where (s)he says (s)he proved it’s possible to address climate change without raising costs. (S)He has pitched a plan to connect every Vermont home and business with high-speed internet access by relying on electric utilities to string fiber optic cable.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get to every town in Vermont,” Hallquist said Tuesday of his upcoming campaign, “and it’s going to take twice the amount of work to knock on every door in Vermont, because there’s a lot of areas of Vermont that we don’t have internet to.”
“Not yet!” someone in the crowd yelled.
His campaign still faces a challenging path as she seeks to defeat a sitting Vermont governor for the first time in more than half a century.
“Facing an incumbent governor is always a challenge for any candidate,” said Alex MacLean, who managed two of former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaigns. “Vermonters tend to really support their incumbents,”
Scott, a Republican, was first elected in 2016, pulling together a coalition of independent, Republican and Democratic voters in a year when Vermont overwhelmingly supported the Democratic presidential candidate.
Hallquist was one of them. He now regrets voting for Scott in the last election.
“I knew Phil Scott for many years,” Hallquist said in an interview last month. “So I look at what Phil’s doing today and I say, either this is the Phil Scott that I didn’t know, or I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. But like I tell people, I’m making up for it now.”
Scott held on to the Republican nomination by a comfortable margin over challenger Keith Stern, who rode a wave of anger from gun-rights activists who felt Scott betrayed them.
The primary elections appeared to draw a relatively strong turnout. As of 11 p.m., unofficial results showed more total votes cast than were cast in the 2012 and 2014 primaries, and some towns were still outstanding.
Dr. Paul McHugh, a former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital and author of “Try to Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind,” says that the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered.
In a Wall Street Journal commentary, McHugh calls a sex change “biologically impossible.”
He cites a 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that followed 324 people for up to 30 years who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study showed that about 10 years after the surgery, transgendered people began to have increased mental difficulties. As they progressed through life, their suicide mortality rose almost 20 times above the comparable nontransgender population. McHugh points to the data as evidence that the high suicide rate trumps the typical surgery prescription propagated by many as the answer to gender confusion.
McHugh points his finger at the “everything is normal” movement for allowing, even advocating, for this tragedy exacted on the transgendered population, now cluttered with casualties of the sexual revolution. He says the transgendered suffer assumption disorder, much like other amorphic disorders, such as anorexia. The difference is that body parts are not amputated in an effort to “cure” other assumption disorders.
“For the transgendered, this argument holds that one’s feeling of ‘gender’ is a conscious, subjective sense that, being in one’s mind, cannot be questioned by others. The individual often seeks not just society’s tolerance of this ‘personal truth’ but affirmation of it. Here rests the support for ‘transgender equality,’ the demands for government payment for medical and surgical treatments, and for access to all sex-based public roles and privileges.”
McHugh adds that just as it is incumbent upon the medical community to begin to speak the truth on this matter, it is equally incumbent upon the mental health community to challenge the concept that what is in the mind can never be questioned.
“Disorders of consciousness, after all, represent psychiatry’s domain; declaring them off-limits would eliminate the field,” he said.
McHugh says that “given that close to 80 percent of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to abuse.”
He recommends a prescription of devoted parenting instead.
“They simply reject the factual data,” Reisman told WND. “Goebbels said that if you repeat a lie often enough, soon everyone is repeating it, too. That is what has happened. Fact checking seems to be a way of the past.”
Some suggest this all be added to sex education courses. Reisman says sex education in schools is a bad idea from the start.
“Sex ed is going to make things better? What do those who teach our children the most about sex even really know about sex? The truth is not much. People who know very little are talking the most about sex. That’s not education, that is indoctrination.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 15th, 2018