Is this good change? Ask yourself: is this going to make our military stronger or weaker? No one seems to be arguing that it will. Like ending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” it is presented as “fairness,” as “justice” and “equality.” Does anybody think this is actually good policy from a military perspective? Both of these decisions amount to lowering standards.
Are women entitled to fight? Is anyone entitled to serve in the military? This attitude of “fairness” seems to get it completely backwards. It is yet another victory for the Self-Esteemists. I often wonder what modern history would look like without that disastrous Freudian idea that low self-esteem is objectively bad and high self-esteem objectively good. I wonder what would happen if we were not always so busy trying to make everyone feel good about themselves, and instead encouraging people to be worth feeling good about. The entire gay-rights movement, and much of the third-wave feminist movement is the bastard child of this Freudian error. There is no point in feeling good about yourself unless you have a reason to.
Unit cohesion will never be the same. Now homosexuals and women alike will be in combat. It is axiomatic that people bond in different ways with different people. In other words, this new arrangement is explicitly not equal to the previous one. Does anybody think unit cohesion will be easier now? Of course not. It will be more difficult, and unequivocally so in some cases.
And so we are becoming Europe not only in our inability to pay our debts, but also in our ability to defend ourselves. As Justice Scalia has lamented, this is quickly becoming a country I do not recognize, and, sadly, change is coming in increasingly negative ways. Greece is a small country: its implosion is only a fraction of what the American implosion will look like. We’re not entitled to high national self-esteem. We need to be honest about the direction of this country, and reverse course where necessary. In other words, we need change.
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