So Amanda Simpson, America's first transgender presidential appointee (or at least the first to openly say so), is worried that people may think she was hired for her sexual identity instead of her qualifications.
"Being the first sucks," Simpson says, adding that she hopes to win people over with what she can do.
Me too. After all, as the world's first gnome to host a news program, I feel much pressure from the woodland creature community to succeed. If I do, then who knows who might follow: centaurs, minotaurs, fawns, succubi, hags, ogres, tree-people, trolls, marsh-wiggles, people of the toadstools (don't call them "toads") and finally, one day: Robert Reich.
But Amanda only has the rights groups, as well as her own political party, to blame. After all, it's the Human Rights Campaign who said, "As the first transgender person appointed by the president, Amanda is not only eminently qualified for her new position… but she is also a trailblazer for equality."
And of course, it's the Democrats — the party of identity politics — who made Obama's race omin-present in 2008. We needed to prove to the world that America could elect a black president, after all. And that hasn't made Obama's job any easier. The same thought must keep him up every night: "Was I elected because of color or competence?"
Go back to sleep, Mr. P., you know the answer.
Anyway, I'm happy for Amanda. But to be taken seriously, she and others will have to stop taking gender or any type of identity, seriously. The role of government is not to fill quotas, but to protect us from harm, pure and simple.
And besides, being a transsexual in government is no big deal: Qaddafi broke that ground decades ago.