Equality Is Not Our Military’s Foremost Concern — Effectiveness Is

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) last week tweeted out opposition to the ban on transgendered persons serving in the military. She said, “Banning transgender people from serving in our military violates the fundamental value at the heart of our country: equality. This cannot be our America.” Harris and others who want to see the ban lifted believe that the military should be inclusive. I don’t want the military to become inclusive. It is effective because it is exclusive. When I enlisted in the Army (I served in the Army National Guard from 1989 to 1997), I had to go down

Memorial Day: A Salute to the Fallen

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Begun in the United States following the American Civil War, Memorial Day is a time to dodge the momentary distractions of policy, and in deep sobriety lift up the highest traits of humankind. We do not lift up war, but the lives of those taken lifeless from the field of battle. Today, we honor love. We honor service. We honor sacrifice. Generations are defined by great challenges and even greater humans willing to give all to overcome these challenges. Some have led, and

America Must Improve Its Horrible Psychiatric Care for Veterans

As Memorial Day approaches, it is incredibly important that we pause from our rhetorical and political battles on the education front to remember, honor, and teach the next generation the stories of our military men and women. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen fought and died to secure the heritage and blessings of our liberties. We are rapidly losing those who fought tyranny in World War II and the Korean conflict to age. The veterans of Vietnam are in middle age and are dealing both with the horrors of war and the poor treatment they received on their

RNC Votes to Support President Trump on Military Policy

Gathering for its annual Winter Meeting last week in Washington, D.C., the Republican National Committee unanimously passed an important resolution (provided in full below) supporting President Trump’s policy regarding transgender personnel in the military. President Trump initially tweeted his intentions on July 26th. In those tweets, he stated that “the U.S. Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve” in the military; and that the military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs” and deployability problems that accommodating transgender people in the military entails. At the RNC Summer

GOP Senators Should Kill This Transgender Amendment or Face Defeat in 2018

This article was posted originally at Townhall. Out of the hundreds of amendments proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act, the defense policy bill on the Senate floor this week, one amendment put forth by Senators Kristin Gillibrand (D) and Susan Collins (R) has stood out in particular. It captured the media’s attention for two reasons: First, these senators have now charged into the quagmire of debate over how to craft policy addressing people who identify as transgender. And second, these senators have cast themselves as brave members of the resistance, linking arms across the aisle to directly oppose mean old

Will the GOP Cave to Democrats Fighting Trump’s Transgender Military Policy?

Coming as a surprise to no one, Democrats in Congress are reportedly preparing to fight President Trump’s recently issued directive regarding transgender individuals in the US military. Their method, according to multiple outlets, will be one or more amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an important defense spending bill considered must-pass legislation by many in Congress. What is surprising, however, is how many Republicans may be willing to join Democrats in this quixotic effort. CNN reports: Senate Democrats are hopeful they can get enough Republicans on board to pass an amendment blocking Trump’s directive and preliminary talks are

More Than a Tweet: Trump Comes Through Big on Transgender Military Directive

On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security directing them to reinstate a long-standing policy prohibiting individuals who identify as transgender from serving in the military. This policy, which served the world’s greatest military well for literally hundreds of years, was the law of the land prior to a politically motivated change made by the Obama administration just 14 months ago. And now, thanks to President Trump, this ridiculous social experiment has been consigned to the dustbin of history — at least for now. The memorandum also halted taxpayer funding of