If you had told me 10 years ago that there’d be a vote in the U.S. Congress over whether to fund sex-change operations in the military and to task our military to fight against the weather, I’d have said such an initiative would garner the support of a handful of the most extreme Democrats from New York and San Francisco. Yet after yesterday’s votes in the House, we’ve now reached a point when not to support these absurdities is the minority view in Washington.
It also demonstrates just how far to the Left the entire body politic has moved and explains why conservatives, through their soft bigotry of low expectations, have tolerated so many acts of political adultery from the GOP — as long as they are half a step to the right of the Democrats.
Yesterday afternoon, the House convened a marathon session to vote on a series of amendments to the FY 2018 defense bill (NDAA), which authorizes $688 billion for the Pentagon and related defense spending. As I warned in June, the NDAA provides us with a unique opportunity to end the egregious social engineering in our military, some of which is being dealt with by the Trump administration and some of which, unfortunately, is not. In other words, the policies are more important than the debate over spending figures. There are two amendments that are worth highlighting.
Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., proposed an amendment to strip out recently inserted language tasking the military with fighting … the weather! At a time when we are confronted with Islamic jihadists, Iran, North Korea, and China, the House Armed Services Committee added a provision to the NDAA making it the mission of the military to “address combatant commander requirements resulting from climate change over the next 20 years.” Sadly, this effort is broadly supported by Sec. of Defense James Mattis and the other liberals still running the Pentagon. Yet Perry’s effort to strip out the provision and actually focus the military on … you know … fighting the enemy, failed by a vote of 185-234. Every Democrat and 46 Republicans voted against the Perry amendment and for a global warming brigade.
After focusing our military on fighting the weather, what else can we do to destroy their morale and turn the pride of the nation into a laughingstock in the eyes of the enemy?
Well, we can create a transgender brigade and pay for sex-change operations and hormone therapy in the military. Rep. Vicki Hartzler, R-Mo., proposed an amendment to bar the funding of sex-change operations in the military. Yet once again, 24 Republicans joined every Democrat to uphold taxpayer-funded castration in the military.
Here are the 24 Republicans:
It’s not just the absurdity of debasing our military and the logistical nightmare of promoting transgenderism in the military. By covering sex-change operations with taxpayer funding, this means someone can sign up for the military and secure an immediate paycheck but delay deployment for as long as two years of his tenure. Such a person gets at least two years after the surgery for hormone therapy and must be certified “stable” in his or her new gender before deployment, all the while taking up the slot of someone without a terrible mental disorder who could be deployed to defend this country.
Some might observe that most Republicans indeed voted against this insanity and that this was the work of just 24 Republicans. But notice the closeness of the vote – 209-214. When Republican leaders want a certain outcome, such as passing a phony health care bill or a Democrat budget, they make sure they get the votes. They do everything short of waterboarding conservative members to fall in line. No such whipping took place with these votes. In fact, all but a handful of Republicans were probably relieved the amendment was voted down and just voted no because they knew it wouldn’t pass. Leadership couldn’t care less about any of our priorities.
As we watch Republicans move so far to the Left on health care in a matter of just a few months, these votes provide a background into just how successful Democrats are in pushing the Republican Party to the Left. Just a few years ago, Paul Ryan was talking about making even Medicare and existing government-run programs more free market. Now, almost every Republican believes in destroying the market in even the little remaining private sector. Then again, a party that can’t stand up for the most self-evident truths of natural law and natural science in the military during a time of international peril most certainly cannot understand or articulate free market health care.
We now live in a society where both parties essentially believe it’s settled science that weather changes are immutably driven by human behavior, but a Y chromosome can really be changed to an X.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.