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February 19th, 2013 - 12:09 am

The New American Army

Suddenly one moment, women were eligible for combat duty at the front line: no congressional vote, no national bipartisan panel with white papers of pros and cons, no in-depth Pentagon study, no national dialogue. There was an executive order — and that was that.  Get over it.

Why then are women not eligible to play in the NFL or the NBA? Or are they, in theory? Yet something tells me that we will see a 140-lb. female SEAL in hand-to-hand combat with a 220 lb. Pashtun tribesman before we will see a female quarterback dodging defensive ends.

Are enemy linemen more dangerous than the Taliban?

Or is the assumption that women can in theory both play quarterback and go mano-a-mano against Mullah Omar’s thugs, but whether they do depends on whether they can meet male standards? One moment we had assumed that most men had about 30-50% more body strength than do women, and perhaps in most cases a more venomous aggressive streak. In the next blink, all that mattered not at all — or was it the sort of sexist fact that we kept silent about?

What is in store for those Neanderthal frontline infantry who object to the new rules? Apparently male reactionary combat soldiers of small units who for various reasons are not willing to entrust their lives to women at the front line are dead wrong. And they are so dead wrong that they can leave the military if they don’t like the new statutes.

And if they leave the military, their presence either won’t affect combat efficacy, or will in fact improve it. Really?

Because we have effective and aggressive female Blackhawk pilots who risk getting shot down and killed or captured, de facto we must have no problem finding female SEALS who can rip the throats out of jihadists with no more difficulty than pushing the fire button in the chopper above. Yet we suspect that some of the female soldiers who can’t quite meet the existing male standards of physical prowess for combat units will argue that the bar is set artificially too high and is an irrelevant construct, given that 21st century knives, kicks, and choke holds are so passé and just the sort of artificial talking points that the sexists erect.

We all expect that in the near future there will be gender equity lawsuits, and sexual harassment writs — and we fear lurid stories of captured and killed women at the front that will shock us in the years to come. And we will continue to sleep, in the manner that we will soon whisper: “Wow, Iran finally got their bomb, after all”; or “Hmmm, that Korean missile got sorta, kinda close to Maui”; or “Wouldn’t you know it — they’re back to hanging female doctors from light poles in Kabul”; or “Whoa — 550 shot in Chicago this year?”

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Not all of us were oblivious to the revolutions and to the poison that has been gradually, but ceaselessly introduced into our culture rendering it antagonistic to the American ethos that transformed 13 Colonies into a Super Power and nation unprecedented in the history of mankind. Not all of us were silent while our hollow elected representatives' stood idly by while our federal government and institutions were besieged by the filth that are the forces of progressive collectivism - some of us watched this agonizingly systematic destruction of our republic only then to see it replaced by the arbitrary decree of elitist politicians and un-elected bureaucrats.
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"Today, entire notions such as points, plugs, tune-ups, and carburetors have simply quietly passed away for most motorists."

We don't have the right to repair in some places. Even Apple is gluing their products shut. We could soon be like crashed starship survivors worshiping tools that break.
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Did my comment get lost? That actually took some time to create.
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Gotta love all those TV commercials!!!!

I don't owe the IRS over $10,000 that I don't want to pay.
I don't want to scam S/S by claiming I'm "disabled".
I don't have melothesoma, or any other maladay that might be worth millions to some shyster lawyer.
I don't want to skip out on my credit card debt.


The amount of advertising for these "services" seems to indicate that there a pretty large number of people in this fair land who have no moral compass when it comes to feathering their nest by any means necessary.

Our constitution is meant only for a moral and religious people and is wholly inadequate to govern any other. John Adams.
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Alinsky tactics+Soros' money+Media compliance+Obama as frontman.
(Who can add to the list?)
What part is the UN playing in this nightmare?
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You certainly hit the nail on the head with this article Mr. Hanson. Reading the comments, it amazes me there still are those who think the only way for the Federal government to raise money is to raise taxes. Creating an environment for more production just isn't in the lefty playbook. Having to deal with reality is truly the only answer and it's not going to be pretty.
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Please space out the feedback links. I went to click on "Like" and accidentally reported someone. :(
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All too true. And I know far too many people who are content to let it happen around them, without even a whimper, without even permitting a whisper of the reality of today's political world to pass their ears. As long as they have their workaday life, and their tv at night, they are a-ok. Even when their worlds get rocked by something external, they refuse to open their eyes: they are too pious, or too bored, or whatever, to care.

A quote from a novel I read once: "The silent ones in a nation are always a dictator's most useful subjects."

I have to agree.
1 year ago
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The last few months have been a slow, tortuous mourning period for me. Don't even want to hang the flag anymore.
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True patriotism isn't about who is in the white house. It is a love of your fellow countrymen and women, and a deep concern and care for their well-being. It is about a love and respect for the land.
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Ah, gee, thanks for the instruction. The country's going to hell in a handbasket. I don't care anymore. You can do my share of the caring, ok? Dig deep in your pockets, it's going to cost you a lot.
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How in heck did all this happen?
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Not all of us were oblivious to the revolutions and to the poison that has been gradually, but ceaselessly introduced into our culture rendering it antagonistic to the American ethos that transformed 13 Colonies into a Super Power and nation unprecedented in the history of mankind. Not all of us were silent while our hollow elected representatives' stood idly by while our federal government and institutions were besieged by the filth that are the forces of progressive collectivism - some of us watched this agonizingly systematic destruction of our republic only then to see it replaced by the arbitrary decree of elitist politicians and un-elected bureaucrats.
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NUDGE
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Well said VDH!

This article pretty well sums up how Obamanomics has shafted the Baby Boom generation. It's scary to think that Obama has shafted Gens X & Y even worse and those poor kids don't have a clue how badly this Administration has stuck it to them.

Again, VDH, well said.
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