PHILLIPS: The Age of Obama: The end of the American military

There is a reason why the radical leftists of the Obama administration want to destroy the fabric of our military. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2013 — The American military has been one of the most respected institutions in the history of this great Republic. The left has done everything it possibly can to destroy it.

One of the reasons the American military has been such a great institution is because it has never interfered in the political system. America is in the minority of nations that has never had a military coup, a military government, or a civilian government whose authority has been propped up by military power.

America’s military has had a culture that has made it a beloved institution in America. Americans serve because of patriotism. We have never had to fear our military. America’s military has always represented it well.

Now things are changing.

This week, Nidal Hasan was dishonorably discharged from the Army, three and a half years after he committed treason and mass murder at Ft. Hood.

Hasan was a disaster waiting to happen. Everyone knew it. Hasan was an American in name only. He advertised that his loyalties were to Islam, not to America. Yet because of political correctness, instead of investigating him and getting him out of the Army, Hasan was allowed to get away with almost anything until he committed mass murder. This is because Hasan was a Muslim.

This week, the Marine Corps decided it would drop criminal charges against Marine Captain James Clement. Clement was charged with dereliction of duty because Marines under his command urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban combatants.

Most Americans would simply be satisfied that the Marines killed the enemy. So what? One of the Marines said they were sending a message to the enemy. That is what you do in war.

Unfortunately for America, the Commandant of the Marine Corps said that he wanted the Marines involved in the incident “crushed by court martial.” The charges were dismissed by a Marine general before a hearing could be held that would have revealed an embarassing scandal — unlawful command influence — which would have prevented Clement from receiving a fair trial.

What is wrong with the military when senior military leaders are more concerned about what the enemy thinks than about American soldiers and Marines?

In Texas, a nineteen-year Air Force veteran is now facing a criminal investigation. His crime?He is a Christian and does not approve of gay marriage.

Master Sergeant Phillip Monk was first relieved of his assignment because he would not agree with his commander, who is an open lesbian, on the subject of gay marriage. When Monk took his story public, the Air Force retaliated by launching an investigation against him, claiming he made false statements to the media.

Under the Obama Administration, there has been a radical change in the culture of the military. Instead of defending America, the administration is more concerned with political correctness. Since the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” Obama has been hell bent on imposing his radical agenda on the military and driving out of the service men and women who would be best described as conservative patriots.

Instead of worrying about training and preparing to defend this nation, the military is now focused on “diversity,” as when, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, three drag queens were invited to a “Diversity Day” celebration at a U.S. Air Force base. Americans who would be considered as traditional, patriotic Americans are treated as the enemy by the Obama administration. Training materials now describe conservative Christians as extremists, yet those who flew airliners into the World Trade Center on 9/11 cannot even be identified by name.

One of the greatest attributes of the American military has been its fidelity to the Constitution and deference to the civilian government of the United States. The people in the military who are being promoted by the Obama Administration are not the kind of people who revere the Constitution. The real danger here is the destruction of the culture that has defined the American military. That is the culture that has upheld our Constitution.

If that underpinning is destroyed, it does not bode well for the future of liberty in America.


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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