There is a military tradition in my family going back to the Civil War. In fact, it predates that. Using ancestry information online, I recently discovered that I have at least one ancestor who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and another who served in the Prussian Army during the War of Austrian Succession. I have grandfathers who served in World War I and my father’s father was killed in action in World War II. I served as a rifleman and paratrooper as did my son in the 1st Ranger Battalion in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lately, however, I have been rethinking that tradition.
Considering the current state of things, how should we advise our sons today? The rules of engagement in Afghanistan are deadly… for Americans. Warriors begging for assistance in Benghazi were left to die. In fact, the entire Libya operation was conducted without the Constitutionally mandated approval of Congress.
Furthermore, the military is being weakened with leftist social experimentation. The repeal of DADT has opened the military to a new type of sexual fraternization that is certain to corrode unit cohesion and combat readiness. Physical standards have been reduced in order to allow physically weaker females to serve in roles for which they otherwise would not be qualified. Would a 5’1″, 110 lb woman carry my 6’3″, 225 lb son to the aid station if he were to be wounded?
Finally, if the United States has adopted a feminist culture in which conservative men are castigated for their so-called “war on women”, in which vagina monologues are the new political discourse, in which abortion and birth control are the primary focus of national policy, in which women far outnumber men in institutions of higher education, in which heterosexual men are redundant and unnecessary as fathers and even unnecessary in marriage, is there reason to tackle the masculine heavy lifting of being an actual trigger puller in defense of the nation?
Should we be telling our sons to shoulder the rucksack, pick up the rifle and fix bayonets? Or should we leave that to the citizens of Julia’s new, feminine, gay-friendly, socialist, nanny state?