The folly of the liberal-progressives is their idea of a politically correct military. It all began in 1972 as the war in Vietnam was drawing to a close. Active U.S. involvement ended in January 1973, and the world bid South Vietnam sayonara when North and South Vietnam officially became one.
Vietnam veterans, made up of those who volunteered and those who were conscripted, came home to the jeers and heckling of those who were opposed to the war. Instead of receiving America’s thanks for doing the duty they were called to do, the “Baby Boomer Generation” turned their collective backs on those who went off to war. It is those same Baby Boomers who became the foundation for what has put America on a non-stop highway we call political correctness, and began their quest to fundamentally change America, long before Barack Hussein Obama was even wet behind the ears . . . a mere dope smoking teenager in the making.
Yes, the birth of political correctness gave it’s tacit approval for the “burn your bra era”, NOW (National Organization of Women – probably more correct to say National Organization of Wannabe Men); endorsing Dr. Benjamin Spock telling all of us how to raise our children; open sex and marriage; liberal politics; the foolish thought that government could win the War on Poverty by redistributing the wealth of those who work and giving to those who felt entitled to the earnings of others; a belief that the federal government could be the answer to all our country’s shortcomings including education, the environment, and better healthcare for the poor by forcing Medicare on the states; and the birth of corruption in monetary policy by moving from the gold standard to fiat money.
The role of the federal government saw the Seventies as the its birth where nearly all governance was shifted to Washington from the states; and where the majority of citizens simply stopped paying attention to their loss of freedom to the rules and regulations that would end-up stealing the American Dream from millions of minorities and low income people of all colors who would be lead down a path to government dependency. Stuck in the middle of this transition was the U.S. Military that had been demonized by Washington following their decision to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory following the pullout from Vietnam.
Vietnam became a conundrum for the bureaucrats inside the Beltway. By our surrender and throwing our military under the bus, our military was turned into the scapegoat for the politicians, the war they created, and made fools like John Kerry and Jane Fonda into folk heroes. It has taken more than forty years for the hatred of our military by the likes of the Clinton’s and others of the politically elite to dissipate, with the Vietnam veteran is still fighting to obtain the promised healthcare the Veterans Administration was supposed to provide.
Even today, we see the disregard for a large number of our veterans who went off to war in the battle against tyranny and aggression beginning with Gulf War One up to those returning from the Middle East today. The lack of care, the waiting lists, the delays and more delays for treatment, is a blight on the history of America and how we treat those, many of whom have given the last full measure of devotion.
When the many VA problems came to light, we had President Obama declare that it would become a major priority of his administration to take action and remedy the situation. After seven years of his major priority, Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated by the agency, reveal that delays newly returning veterans face before receiving disability compensation and other benefits are far longer than the agency has publicly acknowledged:
“The agency tracks and widely reports the average wait time: 273 days. But the internal data indicates that veterans filing their first claim, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wait nearly two months longer, between 316 and 327 days. Those filing for the first time in America’s major population centers wait up to twice as long – 642 days in New York, 619 days in Los Angeles and 542 days in Chicago. The ranks of veterans waiting more than a year for their benefits grew from 11,000 in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, to 245,000 in December 2013 – an increase of more than 2,000 percent.”
Regardless of the Veterans Administration promise to eliminate the backlog of VA claims by 2015, we find that there are currently about 900,000 stacked up and it is expected to continue to increase and estimated to top a million by the end of April 2015.
Those who have opinions about our military and the need to have a strong military in the face of escalating global concern over ISIS, Al Qaeda, Russian and Chinese adventurism, saber rattling from North Korea, and now securing the U.S. southern border and domestic terrorism, should take a close look at history. We have Secretary of State John Kerry, on the heels of an ineffective and bumbling Hillary Clinton, waving around a piece of paper the Administration calls a “landmark diplomatic achievement” (the Iran Nuclear Agreement), which in essence, is mortgaging American and Israel security. Following his conduct of denigrating the U.S. military in Vietnam we find Kerry eerily reminiscent of the fool, Neville Chamberlain in the face of Nazi aggression. At the same time Obama has announced a downsizing of our military forces.
Without mandatory service perhaps the risk to our country has just become much more significant. We have to face the moral and economic rationale, as argued by politicians of all political persuasion that the state has no right to impose military service on young men (or women for that matter) without their consent. Liberals are even more adamant that the draft places unfair burdens on the underprivileged members of society, who were less likely to get deferments, than the so-call privileged white class enjoy. Regardless of the reason to opposed mandatory service to fill our military ranks, most of us remember some of the disciplinary problems among draftees in Vietnam. So we have entrusted the security of our country to that .5% of our youth who have stepped to the plate to serve in an all-volunteer military. Perhaps political correctness will effect those willing to serve.
Things don’t stop with being politically correct. We now must look at Washington with a skeptical eye in the way they envision our armed forces. We already know that they have so little confidence in those who wear the uniform, many of those elected to political office don’t believe military personnel should be allowed to be armed in public or even on military bases or military facilities in the face of the growing threat of domestic terror. I contend that thought is not only dangerous, but outright foolish, making those in service prime targets for terrorist who have avowed to take action on those in uniform.
The ignorance of those who are charged with the governance of our country seems to have no end. They view our military, all branches included, as a social experiment . . . women on the front line, recruiting the openly gay when in reality, it is nobody’s business what someone’s sexual orientation is, and we now see an administration that celebrates a person who declares his or her sexual preference often over and above any and all other considerations. This is the madness of being politically correct. People like those of us who have the gall to question the motives of those out to fundamentally change America, face the wrath of those in the media and those who seem to dislike living in America, when we speak up.
Today we now find President Obama is out to change things even more. In a historic first for the Pentagon, Obama has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. I couldn’t care who the heck Mr. Fanning is or whether he prefers his sex with men or women. If he can do the job, he is entitled to the opportunity, but to come right out and publicly rub all of our collective noses in Fanning’s sexual preference, even before we know anything else about him is reprehensible. His sexual choice is his personal business, not yours or mine. Why hasn’t Obama come out and declared everyone’s sexual preference when he put them up for Senate confirmation? Would that have been any different?
Additionally, from the Huffington Post: “On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.”
This move of course, is celebrated by liberals, and the mainstream media. Why do we have to have this stuff rubbed in our face as well. I for one could care less about knowing the guy in the trenches with me likes to wear female under garments or make-up when the bullets are flying and incoming motor rounds are blowing our troops to hell. All I care is that he/she can shoot straight, and will yell for a corpsman if one of those bullets or mortars has my name on it.
We have become so obsessed with political correctness that we are almost to the point we cannot function as a country. Meanwhile the PC distraction is padding the bank accounts of ambulance-chasing attorneys, while the politicians, become more efficient at fleecing the American public and driving minorities onto a government plantation with more handouts. Perhaps this is the insanity we deserve for not voting wisely.