Former PFC Bradley Edward Manning, now Pvt. Chelsea Elizabeth Manning due to significant ‘gender dysphoria’, has announced her run for a US Senate Seat from Maryland. The former Oklahoma native has recently established legal residence in North Bethesda and it is presumed she seeks the seat of one of their two incumbant Democratic Senators. She has not announced which party she seeks to represent at this time.
It is unclear as to how her previous court martial will affect her standing. Currently, she is on unpaid leave from the U.S. Army following her pardon by the President and subsequent release after her 7 year ‘staycation’ at the graybar hotel in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A future dishonorable discharge, would, on its face, seem to disqualify anyone from holding federal office. Until the legal ramifications are clarified, she intends to press forward with her desire to once more “be all she can be” and proudly serve America again. I applaud her choice.
I believe in letting bygones be bygones and heartily encourage her to seek office from the great state of Maryland. As a former Veteran, regardless of her unclear, muddled military status now, she deserves the support of all Veterans in Maryland and towards that end, I urge my fellow Veterans there to help her in her bold quest for the candidacy. A noted progressive once pointed out that even a basket of deplorable zebras can change their stripes. I second that emotion and throw my unwavering support behind this courageous man cum woman. Her indomitable spirit and perseverance is a credit to Veterans everywhere.
I expect narrowminded, misguided zealots with a decided sexist bent will weigh in and disparage her aspirations but everyone has to begin rebuilding a shattered career from the ground up. File this one under Judge not lest ye be judged or We live in interesting times.