I've heard a number of comments from former US military officers and service personnel about what they're seeing and hearing from their comrades still in the armed forces. In particular, it appears that any dissent from the current drive against "extremism" is being treated very negatively. Service personnel who question why the January 6th demonstrations in Washington D.C. are treated as "insurrection" or "domestic terrorism", while the same label is not used to describe rioters in Portland or Seattle last year, are being openly silenced and their concerns dismissed. Some have reported that they've been privately threatened with retaliation, and told that because they asked such questions openly, their careers are "over". In so many words, it appears "extremism" is a label applied only to conservative and even centrist views - not to progressive leftist perspectives.
Sundance argues that the armed forces are being deliberately subverted into an instrument to enforce politically correct views against states and regions that don't subscribe to them.
Considering the specific examples over the past few years, I would argue the Democrats are positioning for use of the military in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act -or- by an expressed act of congress.
Following the evidence to its logical conclusion is simple. The political apparatus of the DC state has framed a fraudulent narrative that “insurrection” against the federal government is an ongoing possibility.
Toward that end the U.S. military national guard troops have been sent to Washington DC indefinitely (current deployment extended through May).
If we consider there is a reasonable argument now surfacing about states choosing to nullify federal laws, it is not a stretch to see the insurrection narrative as a proactive assertion to support the deployment of active military against any state who would be non-compliant.
Would this violate the Posse Comitatus Act? Quite possibly, yes; it would depend on whether congress passed an expressed act authorizing military troops against specific state action.
When we consider that most of the constitutional checks and balances have been deconstructed or usurped by hardline leftist action; including the weaponization of the intelligence community, and specifically the FBI as a federal law enforcement agency; we are left to recognize that any Posse Comitatus violation would likely be supported by a leftist and aligned media arguing that the military is needed in order to stop a rebellion of states.
If my suspicions/predictions are correct, this would explain exactly why there has been a recent uptick in the visual politicization of the military; including empirical examples of emboldened U.S. military leadership openly engaged in domestic political advocacy against Tucker Carlson.
The marching of the U.S. military through the Capitol building to the offices of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene would be another orchestrated optic sending the same political message.
These are not examples of the military “woke” community advancing political correctness, instead these are examples of advanced politicization of the military (in an open context) in preparation for domestic political use. The “insurrection narrative” is then considered a seed planted to blossom later in support of the overall agenda.
One of the data-points highlighting future intent was clearly visible and seemingly overlooked by almost all media. It happened when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman first became a political whistle-blower against the office of President Trump.
It was not the details of the Vindman accusation that stood out, though that was the aspect the media focused on. What was more concerning was the lack of action by the Pentagon after Vindman compromised his position as an advisor to the commander in chief ... Why did senior military leadership not remove Vindman from his post at the White House once he clearly compromised his ability to carry out his duty? Their lack of action was stunning when you consider their primary obligation.
Fast forward to 2021 and now a very political military officer, General Russel Honoré, is appointed by Nancy Pelosi to be in charge of the military deployment around Washington DC. When you consider the political ramifications of the military supporting a false narrative, this is more than just another data-point. Then the military openly attacked the position of Tucker Carlson based entirely on political ideology.
The increased frequency of the military being politicized is what leads me to believe this phase is all just a public relations pre-positioning. I fully expect to see the standing U.S. military deployed against any state who stands up against unconstitutional federal demands… the likely origination point will be federal COVID mandates.
The leftists are weaponizing COVID mandates for a political agenda. It is only a matter of time before states start to rebel against federal COVID demands. That, in my opinion, will be the inflection point. That will be when the U.S. military is held as a compliance activation against any rebellious state. It could be another issue that activates this triggering of the military (ex. state election laws), but as it stands right now federal COVID compliance seems the most likely trigger.
Bottom line… The American electorate are being positioned to accept deployment of the U.S. military against U.S. citizens, under the guise of insurrection and/or a public threat. That is why we are seeing so much willful politicization of the military.
If you live in a region or state that values individual liberty and/or freedom, you are likely in a location that leftists consider a risk to their ability to execute their agenda. You are likely right now being defined as a “dissident”, or possibly a “domestic terrorist.” As a result, get ready to see this type of activity in your neighborhood.
There's more at the link.
I hope and pray Sundance is wrong . . . but I fear he's probably right. The senior commanders of our military were, indeed, subverted during the Obama administration by the systematic weeding out of most of those with conservative views and/or combat command experience. Instead, those with leftist sympathies and/or sycophantic tendencies were promoted. The rank and file were systematically purged of combat veterans. I've heard several horror stories from veterans who were told by their (sympathetic) commanders that they might as well leave and build civilian careers, because they would get nowhere in the military under its new, politically correct leadership.
I've personally experienced how a partisan military can disrupt and destroy faith in national institutions as a whole. In South Africa, the armed forces were intended to defend the nation against external aggression. However, opposition to that country's apartheid policies was systematically defined by the government of the day as "caused by external influences", particularly Communism, the Soviet Union and its surrogates. Internal political movements opposed to apartheid were legally classified as Communist and brutally suppressed, forcing many of their leaders to leave the country and continue the struggle from outside. There was zero tolerance for dissenting opinions. As part of that, the armed forces were turned into security surrogates for the state, backing up the police - and in some cases actually performing police functions - to suppress opposition. The result was that the armed forces no longer attracted the support of the people in defending the nation, being regarded as just another tool or instrument of oppression.
I don't want to see that happen here. It's so destructive to the armed forces themselves that they become demoralized, cynical, divorced from their defensive mission. If you make the armed forces into domestic bully-boys, they become the problem rather than the solution.
There's one ray of sunshine in the present situation, in that the majority of enlisted personnel and NCO's appear to be fully aware of attempts to subvert them, and are not impressed. However, the officer corps is another matter. One source observes:
While the military academies only produce a fraction of the total officer corps, they are a bellwether for the larger force ... Rather than focusing on being proud citizens of a unified nation, we are seeing the fruition of decades of the teaching of socialist critical theory, by which Americans have been taught to segment ourselves into groups based on race, gender, religion, economic success, and political ideology. As intended by the proponents of this insidious political philosophy, this is tearing our nation apart. In the military, such effects can be disastrous to our warfighting preparedness and effectiveness. At a time when we are stretched in our capability to cover global commitments, we cannot afford anything less than the most patriotic, unified, effective, and lean fighting force possible. The “woke” cadets that are the product of the past several decades of socialist critical theory are producing officers that we are now encountering in our armed forces, whose attitudes about our nation not only flies in the face of American military history but in the preparedness of our academy graduates to effectively lead our brave men and women serving in the US armed forces.
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Americans are turning against each other, driven by decades of political and societal division, all aroused and enflamed by the collision of socialist critical theory and what had been the dominant American ethic of “one nation, under God, indivisible, with unity and justice for all”. And for the first time since 1948, race and gender identity are at the forefront of discussions in the military, rather than readiness and warfighting abilities. Today we are told that “diversity is our strength,” but military experience and history has taught us differently. It taught us that patriotism, competence, comradery, and an indominable spirit are all that matter.
Again, more at the link.
This is one of the most worrying developments of all under our present hyper-partisan administration. I can't think of anything that will divide America more effectively than a military that is distrusted, even feared, by half the population. If there's a better recipe for actual, violent civil war, where citizens feel they have no choice but to defend themselves against their own military, I don't know what it might be.
EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to mention the increasing subversion of some US military academies by progressive leftist professors. A case in point is provided by the antics of Spenser Rapone at West Point. The subsequent investigation and fallout from the incident uncovered repeated patterns of violations of the cadet honor code, and progressive and extreme left-wing influence at the Academy. This tends to reinforce Sundance's point, and my own.