The Pentagon Speaks From Phony DNC Playbook
A reader has called our attention to one part of an opinion piece published by The Epoch Times, “The Left’s Loyalty Test, and the Coming Enforcement of It,” by James Bowman. Specifically this is an oh-so-carefully-phrased testimony by Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that happened to perfectly reflect the DNC talking points about the Capitol breach on January 6.
DNC Talking Points — From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The testimony appears about halfway through the piece. Here’s the entire op-ed, from July 1. Yes, I know that was three weeks ago, but it remains as pertinent as it was that day. (Note: It’s a “premium” report, which means it’s through a subscription that is well worth signing up for.)
Bowman’s piece starts with an account of how language has been changed over the past few decades to give convenient (for the left) new meanings to terms such as “lie” as well as new boundaries for “decent opinion” largely set by The New York Times. The author gained a preliminary understanding of this discipline during the Clinton administration. But as he writes here, it wasn’t until he heard Gen. Milley testify at the budget hearing in June that “all the pieces of the puzzle came together” and he understood the far-reaching implications of cancel culture.
Recall that Gen. Milley was asked why he studied the works of Marx, Lenin, and Mao and why he now supports the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to our armed forces. His response was mystifying.
I want to understand white rage, he testified. I’m white and I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it. It’s important that we understand that, because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and guardians, they come from the American people. So it’s important that the leaders now and in the future do understand it.
If you’d like to read the entire transcript, here it is.
Gen. Milley was clearly trying to imply that the Capitol breach was caused by “white rage” and also by a desire to overturn the Constitution.
I want to know: Why is Gen. Milley, the figure who represents all branches of our military, parroting the exact — the exact— message of the Democratic National Committee, a message that happens to be fraudulent? Surely he isn’t that clueless.
Protecting the Constitution, Not Subverting It
Let’s start first with the idea that entering the Capitol was an attempt to subvert the US Constitution. That’s baloney — it was just the opposite. The people rallying that day were strong constitutionalists, deeply concerned that their beloved Constitution might have been subverted. They understandably did not trust the vote count in key counties. (As we have learned since and are still learning, they had good reason for that.) They suspected targeted cheating at worst, unconstitutional tinkering at best. But they were told that their arguments were “moot,” that no one, not even the Supreme Court, would hear their complaints, and that they couldn’t do anything about it so they’d better just shut up.
And now they see that the new administration can’t wait to subvert the Constitution in other ways, such as federalizing elections to prevent states from guarding against fraud.
I’ve said from the start that what marchers did at the Capitol Building, even if it was urged on by outside forces as it appears to have been, was terribly ill-advised and made matters worse — much worse. But that’s not to say that their motives weren’t commendable. They wanted to protect the Constitution, not overturn it.
Perpetuating a Hoax
So, where did Gen. Milley get the idea that Trump supporters wanted to subvert the Constitution? Is he really that clueless? Or is he doing the bidding of the left?
And is it possible for him to be even more clueless? Perhaps, on the issue of “white rage,” he is. This phony narrative, likewise, is straight out of the DNC playbook. Just because Trump supporters at the Capitol were mostly white does not mean, by any stretch, that race had anything to do with this. And Bowman agrees, when he says:
Race, I daresay, never entered their heads in this connection, but it has been attributed to them as their motivation on the basis of the previous Democratic talking point, itself based on a bare-faced lie about what Donald Trump had said about the ‘very fine people’ in Charlottesville in 2017, that the former President was a ‘white supremacist.’
In other words, Gen. Milley is perpetuating a hoax.
Military Enforcement of One-Party, Totalitarian Rule
Bowman points out that the left, “which is now in the saddle and rides both government and media,” is working to establish in our minds that opposition or even disagreement with them will be regarded by the state as a security threat. And we have it straight from the mouth of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
To quote Bowman, this is “as good as an admission that he [Gen. Milley] is also prepared to allow his troops, suitably purged of subversive elements, of course, to be used as enforcers of the one-party, totalitarian rule that the Democrats would like to see as our future.” Is Bowman going too far? I don’t think so.
Monday evening on FOX News Primetime, Brian Kilmeade had a good segment on the military’s strange preoccupation with the political views of its own soldiers. Reportedly, the Pentagon has been working with an “extremism analyst company” to dig through the online history of troops to find evidence of what they term “white supremacist” views. One phrase they search for is “the truth about Black Lives Matter.” As FOX News reports, their search implies that questioning the motives of the BLM movement “is a disinformation narrative perpetuated by white supremacist groups to weaponize anti-BLM sentiment.” That is flat-out wrong; BLM deserves the same scrutiny as any other group.
Former Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, who says he lost his post after questioning the rise of “diversity issues” in the military, was Kilmeade’s guest. He said very little surprises him any more when it comes to the Pentagon’s focus on “rooting out white extremism and white supremacy.” He questioned the value of using search terms to determine the views of those serving in uniform.
Lohmeier has a new book, Irresistible Revolution, and in researching it, he determined that BLM, going back to 2015, is “an exceptionally politicized project,” with goals such as dismantling the nuclear family and opposing Judeo-Christian values. What does any of this have to do with race?
He says the company the Pentagon hired to examine soldiers’ social media posts is British and “affiliated with former President Obama.” Politicized statements from soldiers on the left appear not to be undergoing scrutiny. But, of course, those soldiers aren’t … racists!
Lohmeier’s book looks like an excellent examination of neo-Marxism within our armed forces, by someone who’s had a taste of that. Gen. Milley should read it.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.
Originally published on MikeHuckabee.com. Reprinted with permission.