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Old 06-19-2021, 04:27 AM
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Exclamation Wokeness warriors take over the Pentagon

Wokeness warriors take over the Pentagon
By: Mike Berry - The Washington Examiner - 06-19-21
Re: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/o...r-the-pentagon

246 years after the U.S. Army was established, todayís Department of Defense appears to be distracted from its national defense mission. Media commentators and service members alike have lamented the militaryís drift toward becoming a testing ground for social policy experimentation.

As perhaps the only conservative participant on the Pentagonís newly formed Countering Extremism Working Group, I can confirm the Pentagon's full embrace of "wokeism."

For starters, President Joe Biden recently declared that white supremacy poses the greatest threat to Americaís national security. The Pentagon is taking the commander in chief at his word. Instead of monitoring external threats, the Pentagon is on a mission to identify and remove whomever it labels as extremists from Americaís armed forces. Ironically, the CEWG has yet to define what it means by "extremism." Extremism is usually defined as the threat or use of violence to achieve an ideological agenda. But the Pentagon is now poised to expand upon that definition to include constitutionally protected speech. In other words, sticks and stones may break our bones, but words are the biggest threat.

This should be alarming to everyone, no matter their political persuasion. If the Constitution no longer presents an impediment to appeasing the woke commissars on the far Left, it wonít be long before speech that has always been protected by the First Amendment suddenly becomes criminal. My law firm, First Liberty Institute, is already seeing some disturbing signs.

An Army chaplain used his personal social media account to express support for then-existing policy banning those who identify as transgender from serving in the military. The Army relieved him of duty and accused him of "illegal discrimination." Meanwhile, service members publicly protested that same policy, in uniform, and nothing happened. If the CEWG does not adequately account for service members' constitutional rights, we can expect many more struggle sessions to follow.

Thatís right, the American government now monitors social media activity in order to ensure service members donít post, share, or like something "extreme." If this sounds eerily familiar, itís because China has been doing it for years.

Eradicating the scourge of actual extremism is a noble undertaking. But instead of focusing on what divides us, the Biden administration should focus on what unites the public. Instead of sending the message that conservatives, evangelicals, and Catholics are unwelcome in the military, we should reinforce to Americaís young men and women what makes America exceptional. The values that drove me to join the Marine Corps many years ago were love of country, pride in service, and respect for selfless service and sacrifice.

Those are the timeless principles upon which America was built. Or so I thought. Sadly, adherence to those principles is more likely to get me and others labeled as extremists and kicked out of todayís military.

Several years ago, the Department of Defense produced a document that labeled those who believe in "states' rights, individual liberties, and how to make the world a better place" as potential extremists. Apparently, I was mistaken for thinking those were the things I was defending as a Marine. And despite data showing that religious people are the most likely to serve, we are now declaring them undesirable extremists.

All of this is a recipe for disaster. America has real enemies who seek to harm us, and those enemies are likely giddy with every woke pronouncement that America will continue to pour yet more valuable time, energy, and resources into its cold civil war.

Some have warned me that simply writing this article will likely result in my removal from the CEWG, or possibly even the Marine Corps, in which I continue to proudly serve as a reservist. But I love my country too much not to sound the alarm. And if my love of America is what leads to my removal, then so be it, as long as my discharge papers state "discharged for love of country."

About this writer: Mike Berry is general counsel at First Liberty Institute and a former active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer.

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Personal note: As one would say in Star Wars - there's a disturbance within the force.
Is America about to be re-cycled? Are we ready for insurrection? This type of action or
internal implosion will surely disrupt the force within. Is America going through a re-cycling
of its values - and destroying our American Way of Life. Have we become irrational
and moving into the Dark Side? If not insurrection what is it? Is there still a future for
American's today or are we skidding off the road onto a dirt path to the unknown?
Believe me - there are many like me wondering what in the hell happen to America!

What will we become? We are more insecure than ever of late. To tear up our Democratic
values after so many years of progress - doesn't look good. Our internal issues and mind-set
of late seems to be heading to the Dark Side - as they have so mentioned with their words
and actions of late. Am I concerned - your damn right I am - what becomes of us -is now
in the hands of the un-doer's - it's an internal Revolution in the Making and the world is
watching us implode. Such potential down the drain - and moving towards the insane!
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