Group: Choose Military Readiness or Transgender Politics
The Conservative Action Project recently called on President Trump to fulfill his mandate to “restore the strength of our military” by eliminating Obama-era policies that “hinder” the mission [emphasis added]:
Conservative leaders urgently suggest that the Trump Administration review and rescind the Obama-era policies that hinder military readiness and overall effectiveness. Politically correct policies have been imposed largely through administrative fiat. They can be removed in like manner while further study and congressional guidance is obtained. The most problematic policies in this category are those addressing the presence of transgender individuals in the military.
The letter goes on to make a strong case that social engineering isn’t good for the military, an argument supported by Rebecca Hagelin at the Washington Times. Hagelin made the point the military has been used over the past few years to foist a social agenda on America:
President Obama and his cohorts viewed the Department of Defense primarily as a large and convenient tool that he, as commander in chief, could use at will to “transform America.”
It is a truism that social (primarily sexual) activists discovered the US military was an extremely effective means through which they could influence the rest of society. They discovered there was no more powerful image than a person willing to sacrifice their life for their country — and they believed that appropriating that image could sway public opinion to accept (if not normalize) behaviors previously considered immoral and even deviant.
They were proven correct.
Arguably, much of the military has been distracted by the intensity of its efforts to instill a new social order. Religious liberty has suffered, as well, because the directives either failed to consider the impact on troops of faith, or the initial analysis that it would have no impact on religious troops has been proven wishful thinking (see, for example, the implementation plan for repeal of DADT).
The Project asks for one more short term item [emphasis added]:
Further, the Trump Administration should discontinue funding and directing personnel resources for special-interest events, including LGBT-Pride Month events in June, which do not strengthen military readiness.
The relative quiet from President Trump’s White House on LGBT issues has sexual activists concerned Trump won’t issue a “celebrate gay pride” announcement for June — while President Trump’s mixed signals, as well as the fact Trump has yet to install most of his own DoD leadership, have concerned conservatives that his DoD will make such an announcement. (A few lower-level commands have already put out their own “gay pride” announcements.)
Similarly, there are also cries of unfairness because two military academy cadets have been unable to commission as officers — because they identified as “transgender.” Current policies only allow serving transgenders to be in the military. New “transgender” officers cannot be commissioned because the policy has not been written. President Trump’s DoD could, in theory, decide not to write that policy.
The call for moral leadership is there. The only question is who will respond.
You can read the full letter here.