Shame over the disgraceful treatment of Veterans during and after Vietnam resulted in a societal shift by the general population in how it treats its men women in uniform over the last forty years. Regardless of individual views on war and the military, the majority of our culture respects and wants to help those who volunteered to defend us against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Not so on Capitol Hill. The administration and our politicians are determined to put illegal aliens above Veterans, time and time again; rewarding those who take from America and break her laws and punishing those who work and sacrifice to protect her.
During the September government shutdown the Obama administration had privately owned and operated war memorials shut down, barricaded and staffed with law enforcement to bar Veterans. And who could forget Nancy Pelosi speaking at an illegal immigration rally facilitated by the erstwhile shutdown government, while 90-year-old WWII veterans in wheelchairs were threatened with arrest for visiting their memorials. As House Republicans passed bill after bill to fund all aspects of government except Obamacare, Senate Democrats kept the government shut down for political theater, and continued to target and punish Veterans.
After passing military Sequestration (while non-essentials like the National Endowment for the Arts remain fully funded), Veterans have been struck yet another undeserved blow by politicians on both Left and (supposedly) Right. The budget “deal” passed this week not only fattens government with vastly increased spending and economy-killing tax hikes – the opposite of what we should be doing – it does so at the expense of those who dedicated their best years to a military career. Military pensions and retirement benefits are on the chopping block, cutting $6 billion over ten years. Even disabled retirees are not exempt from pension cuts, and item Paul Ryan knew about two days before the bill was passed but did nothing to fix. An amendment proposed by Jeff Sessions to correct this grievous “mistake” was blocked by Democrats because it would recoup the money lost from fraud by requiring applicants for particular child tax credits to submit their social security numbers. Far be it from Democrats and many Republicans to enforce American law and refuse government benefits to illegal immigrants.
Leave it to the crooks in Washington to pass a deal no one wants that increases spending, further damages the economy, and sticks it to our dedicated military while indulging illegal immigrants. Whatever Paul Ryan was thinking before the budget passed, he should now be thinking about what he wants to do once we kick him out of office. With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?
Between Leon Panetta’s unconstitutional order that combat units be opened to women and impending Sequestration this week, America can kiss goodbye its military superiority and ability to fight wars effectively. As readiness goes, so goes our security both at home and abroad.
Under Sequestration, equipment isn’t the only thing on the chopping block. Personnel will be as well, and all will have to prove their value in the positions they hold or want to hold. With the conflicting directives of cutting fat vs. compliance with female quotas in the combat units, it is qualified and experienced men who will be purged first. Combined with the inevitably lowered standards in these units to accommodate women, it is combat readiness that will suffer the most.
The top military brass is already under pressure to show diversity and prove it doesn’t discriminate. Indeed, that is now its foremost mandate, not military readiness. With the repeal of laws barring women from combat units and special forces, they will now be forced to prove they’re giving women a “fair” shake by discriminating against more qualified men, since no comprehensive testing was done to prove women can make it through their training, and the only two we know of who attempted such, two in the Marine Infantry Officer course, failed in the first day and the first week of training respectively. It won’t matter that the women can’t make those standards that most of the top men in every branch can’t achieve.
It will go something like this at the officer level: “Suzy-Q failed the training? You’re up for promotion, aren’t you? Take another look at Suzy-Q.” And from DOD to the top brass: “We expect X% pass rate for females. Anything less will be seen as discrimination. Next year’s budget will reflect the success of this program. Understood?” The military will have to lower the standards of its toughest units in order to fill quotas of women to show they’re not discriminating.
Cutting spending is vital for every department of government, including the military. The Marines have always been in the lead when it comes to working with the least, then cutting even more. With so many other ways to cut the excess – from non-vital programs like the National Endowment for the Arts to stopping the fraud and waste so pervasive in government programs from Social Security to Medicare – Sequestration is totally unnecessary. But this was Obama’s idea, and it put the military in the cross-hairs from the start. It’s easy to see why. This administration thinks the military is too masculine, too white, too conservative, too straight. They’ve repealed DADT, opened the toughest units to women who can’t make it through one week of their training and sold our equipment to our enemies. This is just the next phase in destroying the last bastion of merit and strength our country has against enemies both foreign and domestic.