Some time ago, Your Business Blogger was invited by FOX NEWS to discuss social programs in the military and the new Congress. Following are the back of the envelope notes for the show prep.
Damascus Nancy Pelosi
Courtesy: Rush Limbaugh Liberal Democrats have taken control of Congress in this terrible time of war. What does this mean for the armed services?
High on the law makers’ agenda is the Global War on Terror. The debate raging over our involvement in Iraq has been high profile and headline-grabbing.
But there is another agenda; a hidden one that isn’t making headlines. An agenda that is attempting to change the culture of our military.
High on the hidden agenda is to advance liberal ideologies by remaking the military. This re-engineering campaign is a three-pronged effort:
1) Reinstituting the draft
2) Entrenching women in combat and
3) Encourage homosexuals in the military.
Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel is pushing the draft, using involuntary conscription as a legislative tactic to end what he sees as an unpopular war by having even smart rich white kids get killed.
But what is driving the congressman’s hidden agenda is to provide manpower in the cultural war. A few years ago army veteran Rangel first introduced legislation to bring back the draft for both men and women; with no exception for conscientious objectors. Draftees would “volunteer” for some approved social public-works. Liberals want legions of indentured servants for government programs.
The purpose of the draft is to maintain military numerical strength in an extreme national emergency. Because the draft is designed for combat replacements, only men — not women must currently register.
But many social engineers including Rangel would want women drafted to fight in combat.
Men have to do 3 chin-ups to be in the
Marines. Women don’t have to do any. Zero. None.The hidden agenda also includes advancing women in land combat. President Bush has clearly stated that women will not be placed in land combat and be subjected to Direct Ground Fire. But the left-leaning Flags of senior generals and admirals are not only placing women in harm’s way but also into combat. 77 women have died in our current war, where only 16 died in Vietnam, most of them were nurses.
Feminist have long preached that men and women are interchangeable and that being a male or female was simply a social construct. The new congress will want to advance these egalitarian goals in the mistake of pursuing the women’s vote as (former) senator George Allen did. (See Allen’s support of women at VMI.)
Combat is violence against women.
Liberal Democrats in the coming months will force the armed services to evolve, to grow; to achieve higher consciousness. Liberals in Congress will demand EEO hires into OSHA compliant combat to remake a new and improved military.
The end result is a liberal Department of Defense which may or may not win any wars but will pass EEO muster.
After training by feminists in Anger Management.
Over the past few years, armed forces policy has been the domain of the generals and less of the civilians elected and appointed. The civilian leadership ceded control to the Pentagon Brass. Empty civilian Armani’s were replaced with Class A military Uniforms.
Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that…
Except the military leadership was as liberal as the civilians they replaced. Forgetting the true job of the armed forces. The purpose of our military has a single goal: To defend our institutions. Our way of life. Freedom. Congress is charged with providing for the common defense.
Unfortunately Democrats in Congress will demand control to change the culture of the military.
Lifting the Homosexual Ban
As recently as 1993, Congress affirmed in law that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. But Clinton-era “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” regulations contradict the law and cause confusion. Democrats and homosexual activists will use the confusion to work to remove the regulation and change the law, in a single synchronized move.
The key difference in our current culture wars is in understanding unit cohesion. This is the unique bond that is needed for survival in combat necessary for victory. Unit cohesion is all but unknown and nearly unnecessary in the civilian world.
In 1982 the Department of Defense said that he presence of homosexuals, adversely affects the ability … to maintain discipline and morale; to foster mutual trust. And unlike the civilian workplace military men and women, …must live and work under close conditions affording minimal privacy…. Sexual attraction and tension destroys unit cohesion and may detract from mission accomplishment.
Few civilian shift managers expect employees not to date each other. Few first line supervisors expect staff to jump on stray hand grenades.
What should Congress do?
Liberal Democrats have a hidden agenda for changing the military culture. But what should our law makers do instead to improve military readiness?
Keep the volunteer army. As recent studies by The Heritage Foundation have shown, our current All-Volunteer Army is well motivated, well education and truly looks like America. If the Pentagon needs more young men for combat, President Bush can lead the recruiting drive by call to arms from his bully pulpit. We have heard no such exhortation from the President.
The Army can follow the president’s orders and keep women away from Direct Ground Combat. The president can order the Pentagon to stop the charade of assigning women to non-combat units, then attaching and “co-locating” women with combat units. At the very least, the military can hold women to the same physical training standards as men.
The Pentagon can repeal the Don’t Army Don’t Tell regulations. And keep the current laws against Gays-Lesbian-Bi-sexuals and Transgender genders from serving in the military. Even Hillary Rodham Clinton, then-Vice-President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton have admitted that Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell was a failure.
Homosexuals can honorably serve our country in many ways, including,
But not the
We are a nation with citizen soldiers. We should not burden combat leaders with the needs of citizen cross-dressers. “Unfair” as it may be.
It is enough to ask the combat leader to fight and win battles with out being worried about the special needs of gender-identity politics.
By taking these actions we might have a prayer in the Global War on Terror. Because if we fail, any prayers we have will be toward Mecca.