Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Military and Vets Give Obama Low Marks

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While America remembered and honored those who have served and do serve our country yesterday, Gallup released a study analysis taken from more than 238,000 interviews and found that, "US Military veterans and those currently on active military duty are less likely to approve of President Obama's job performance than Americans of comparable ages who are not in the military."

Gallup suggests several reasons for the outcome of their study.

You will note that more than twice as many young military (age 18-29) had "no opinion" than the general population of the same age.

We get that. They like their job. He is the Commander in Chief.

But there is another dynamic at work in the military. Despite all the assurances and "yes sirs," there are concerns among many in the military regarding the repeal of "Don't ask, Don't tell."

A recent White House Memo -- the "Statement of Administration Policy" on H.R. 1540--The National Defense Act for Fiscal year 2012 is not encouraging. Here's what is buried on page three of the document.

Most of the Memo deals with the Administration's position on weapons procurement and policies like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), etc.

However, while scanning the document, we noticed that on page 3, the Administration says, "Attempts to Pervert, Delay or Undermine the Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' will meet 'strong objection.'"

The May 24, 2011 Memo further says, "Should it be determined, as required by the Statute, that the implementation is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion and military recruiting and retention, then the President, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will send forward the required certification. The Administration strongly objects to any legislative attempts directly or indirectly to undermine, pervert or delay the implementation of the repeal as such efforts create uncertainty for service members and their families."

"Should it be determined...?" It has already been determined. It would appear that all the studies on the matter is simply a charade. The outcome is fixed.

The President has promised the homosexual lobby some progress on their agenda. They have been angry because he has not done enough, fast enough, for them.

Military people see the "fix." Are they going to not go along with the Commander in Chief's scheme? Some of the older ones are willing to put themselves on the line, while the younger ones are hesitant.

And why the big rush?

I personally believe the President is rushing to get his deal done during June. You will recall when June was known for proms, weddings and Father's Day. While most Americans still embrace these days, June has essentially been co-opted by the homosexual movement.

In June, 2000, President Clinton proclaimed June to be "Gay-Lesbian Pride Month."

President Obama will again step beyond Clinton and proclaim June 2011 "Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender" month.

As President Obama gears up his re-election campaign, it would be terrific for him to get his repeal certified and announce it to the homosexual activists during June---a month now choked on so-called "Gay Pride" parades and perversion and tell all the rest of us that after extensive studies, it has been found that this will have no negative effect on our military. A speech that has likely been written since before the issue came to vote.

It is difficult to see a president put social experimentation before the security of our country. Many believe that this repeal will in fact have a negative effect on recruiting and retention and unit cohesion.

What he is doing is an affront to the very people we honored yesterday---and to those who serve today.

This memo appears to illustrate a president who cares more about keeping a promise to the radical homosexual activists, than about the troops he is charged to command. And a nation he has sworn to defend.

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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