Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired this month as commander of a US Space Force unit. His “offense”? Speaking the reality about essential race principle’s speedy inroads amongst America’s armed forces.
The woke left views the military as an important ideological battlefield. And a lot of the brass and civilian management at the Pentagon are ready to combat — on behalf of the woke trigger. Lohmeier, it appears, was an early casualty on this ideological offensive, however doubtless not the final.
Imposing anti-American racial ideologies on our troops instantly threatens our nationwide safety, by spreading concepts that undermine confidence in the ideas underpinning our Constitution, belief in our system of authorities and conventional values that promote unity, cohesion and equality amongst service members. That’s classic CRT.
Our troopers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Space guardians take an oath to defend the US Constitution and all that it stands for. Instructing them that our Constitution, and the beliefs integrated into it by the Founders, had been meant to perpetuate white supremacy is reprehensible; it cries for pressing congressional examination and pushback. Yet that’s exactly what troops are being taught, in response to Lohmeier.
As a reward for blowing the whistle, Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, reportedly removed Lohmeier as commander of the eleventh Space Warning Squadron.
Lohmeier described to radio host Steve Gruber the “intensive teaching that I heard at my base — that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land. If you want to disagree with that, then you start [being] labeled all manner of things, including racist.”
Lohmeier felt known as to jot down a ebook about the disaster, as a result of he apprehensive that military leaders are inculcating the troops in basically contradictory and distorted narratives about the nation, its historical past and identification. He “recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.”
On one other present, Lohmeier shared extra considerations that motivated him to talk out, saying that “the diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military” are additional examples of Marxist concepts that included essential race principle.
A Pentagon official advised CNN that Lohmeier had been relieved of his duties “due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.” Officials are additionally investigating whether or not his feedback quantity to proscribed partisan commentary.
But what, precisely, did the Pentagon discover objectionable in what Lohmeier said? His considerations appear totally warranted. One of us (Wood) served 20 years in the Marine Corps and might discover nothing Lohmeier mentioned in both interview that might be thought of political, insubordinate or disrespectful.
The firing has served one helpful function, nonetheless: It has drawn consideration to the administration’s obvious intent to introduce wrong-headed and extremely inflammatory Marxist ideologies into military ranks.
Lohmeier’s exposé jibes with ideological indoctrination underway in different branches. Consider the Navy’s Professional Reading Program. It consists of books that painting America as systemically racist and promotes the view that the Constitution was written to perpetuate white supremacy. That the Space Force has now relieved a unit commander for expressing his considerations about this sort of training and coaching materials inside his service suggests that is no remoted case.
The Defense Department is now reportedly contemplating hiring a personal firm to observe the free speech of military private on social media, utilizing key phrases or algorithms that by their very nature replicate the perspective of those that choose the phrases and write the algorithms. The relentless drive to implement conformity inside the military with a most popular leftist narrative is troubling, particularly because it reinforces the Marxist tendency Lohmeier warned about.
The American folks and our elected representatives shouldn’t solely bear in mind of what’s going on inside the Department of Defense, however communicate out as boldly and courageously as has Lohmeier. As a nation, we name upon our military to defend what’s finest of America. Efforts to undermine and disparage which are unconscionable, dangerous not solely to our safety, but in addition to the very essence of what the United States represents. It shouldn’t be tolerated.
Dakota Wood is the senior analysis fellow for protection packages at the Heritage Foundation, the place Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow.