With a culture built on the tenet of good order and discipline, our armed forces have always been respected for their capability in defending freedom and our national interests. However, we haven’t gone toe to toe in a conflict with a state actor in the 30 years since the Gulf War and, in that time, our Department of Defense has changed dramatically, transforming into just another failing government organization preoccupied with advancing progressive ideology.
Military servicemembers operate under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which means they are subject to a system of law that is stricter than average citizens are governed by. For example, while adultery is generally not illegal for civilians, adulterous servicemembers may be punished by fines and jail time. Likewise, the rules and regulations that determine what constitutes “good order and discipline” can simply be altered by executive order or with the stroke of a pen. And, unless the order is deemed unlawful or immoral, our troops are required to carry on without insubordination.
As such, the uniformed services are subject to top-down changes in mores. For instance, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in 2010. Before then, a servicemember’s sexual orientation was irrelevant as long as it didn’t adversely affect good order and discipline. With this change, a non-heterosexual soldier was permitted to serve openly, regardless of its effect on the mission. Shortly thereafter in 2015, it became illegal for states not to recognize same-sex marriage. In 2019, limits were placed on transgender individuals’ ability to serve in the military. In 2021, this policy was not only reversed, but transgender soldiers were given access to transition-related medical services at taxpayer expense—a benefit that exceeds what is offered in most states.
We see that the military, which is subject to top-down imposition of new social norms, is now the proving grounds of cultural overhaul. Troops must comply with these advances as a matter of discipline. And once these norms are instituted, the argument is then made that the rest of society just needs to catch up to the example set forth by our most-respected organization, albeit involuntarily. Our ruling class has turned our military into a coercive gateway to enact broader cultural change as it attempts to force it into our lives; and now they’ve corrupted it with their racial agenda, as well.
In 2010, US Air Force Captain Jeff Haney died in a fatal F-22 crash in Alaska. While the Air Force initially deemed it “pilot error,” two other pilots, Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Josh Wilson, refused to continue piloting the aircraft, citing its faulty oxygen system. The following year these two officers conducted an interview with 60 Minutes as whistleblowers. Though the Air Force eventually reversed its initial findings of pilot error and addressed the oxygen problem, the two whistleblowing officers were given letters of reprimand, faced board hearings to strip them of their wings, and their careers were jeopardized for breaking ranks and airing complaints to the media.
This year, Major Daniel Walker, a black F-22 pilot, conducted an interview with 60 Minutes to discuss how he had been discriminated against due to racial bias. But a pilot of the F-22 Raptor, the premier air-dominance stealth fighter in the world, has risen to the apex of the Air Force hierarchy. To attain that position is to have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence imaginable, and to have gained the trust of the entire military pyramid, which invests millions of dollars in training its elite pilots. For Walker to say he was racially discriminated against is simply preposterous. Will Major Walker be admonished for his interview with 60 Minutes, as Gordon and Wilson were? Of course not. Regardless of UCMJ restrictions against it, our troops have learned that speaking out—including making political statements in uniform on social media—is acceptable when informed by the “correct” politics. Top military brass is happy to accept responsibility for obviously absurd allegations of racial bias and trailblaze re-education training of our troops ahead of this next cultural push by activists. Read more…