Military: Future force or future farce?
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says he will find out what kind of political activity, if any, our service members might be involved in and then forbid the "wrong kind" of political activity. Secretary Austin has yet to define "wrong kind;" however, we can assume any activities on the conservative side of the political spectrum are probably going to be, to use a favorite Nazi term: Verboten.
One wonders if contemporaneous membership in Army ROTC and the college League of Young Democrats would be verboten? Or, on active duty in a southern state, marching (in civilian clothes) in two civil-rights marches for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. organization? How about wearing an Army Dress Blue uniform to a memorial service for Dr. King at a black church in North Carolina? Of course, just askin’ for a friend.
Secretary Austin will find most members of our armed forces come from southern states. They are generally unlike the effete, Coastal Elites, and the bureaucrats who inhabit the D.C. Swamp. They like guns, NASCAR, contact sports, BBQ, County Music about God, County, and Romance gone wrong, exude toxic-male masculinity, and say "Sir" or "Ma’am" to their elders.
But Secretary Austin is not limiting his refashioning of military personnel to the top-down method used by the Obama-Biden* Administration that cashiered over 200 admirals and generals and replaced them with flag officers who would turn the military into a less-macho, social-justice laboratory.
No, sir. Secretary Austin is going to work both ends against the middle. Austin wants military recruiting stations to administer a questionnaire to prospective enlistees to determine if they have any unwanted political tendencies.
While Austin can, no doubt, find wannabe generals and admirals eager to create a less macho military, his political screening at the recruiting station level is likely to ashcan recruiting goals. Consequently, our military will be top-heavy with Stars commanding considerably fewer Stripes.
So, what happens when the GOP-led States rediscover the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" and tell the Biden* Regency what to do with its Chinese virus decrees and its attempt to take the conduct of elections out of the hands of State Legislatures?
Will Secretary Austin violate the 1878 Act** that forbids the use of federal troops (assuming they would shoot fellow Americans) to enforce domestic policy within the United States in order to impose the Biden* Regency dictates on the States? Fair Warning: Only three members of the U.S. Supreme Court seem interested in upholding the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Rule of Law.
The April 13, 2021, Rasmussen poll shows 30-percent of Democrats, 51-percent of Independents, and 74-percent of Republicans consider the Biden* Regency illegitimate. So, when will the over 74.2 million President Trump voters who believe the 2020 election was stolen decide that enough is enough and, in the Spirit of 1776, rebel?
In 2022, law-abiding Middle Class and Working Class Americans are likely to give representative democracy one more chance to reassert itself. If they fail to at least recapture the U.S. House Representatives, all bets are off. Who knows what happens then?
* Election disputed.
Suggested reading: **Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
©2021. William Hamilton.