“In an age of universal deceit,” said George Orwell, “telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” American culture today is bathed in universal deceit, and anyone who stands against its lies is indeed treated as a dangerous revolutionary. The enormous uproar in the chattering class over Tucker Carlson’s commentaries is a vivid illustration of this phenomenon. Nothing he says is outlandish — he is usually just defending positions both parties once took for granted — yet elite pundits cast him as a white supremacist, misogynist, and outré right-winger.
The substance-less pouting over Carlson’s recent remarks about political correctness in the military serves only to confirm them. Military officials responded to his remarks emotionally. Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed “revulsion” at Carlson’s criticism. But what is his answer to it? What is the military rationale for a policy in favor of pregnant fighter pilots? Pentagon spokesmen could only feebly label Carlson’s criticism “divisive” and at odds with the military’s “values.”
That lack of a hardheaded reply buttresses Carlson’s suspicions. Carlson sees Biden’s policy of “designing body armor that fits women properly, tailoring combat uniforms for women, creating maternity flight suits, updating requirements for their hairstyles” as an outgrowth of his identity politics:
Perhaps maternity flight suits have been around for a while. We’ve never heard of them. But here was the President of the United States promoting them at a press conference. That phrase stuck out not because we have some hateful bias against pregnant women flying military jets. We’re pro-pregnancy, as we often say. We’re also open-minded. Maybe pregnant women make the best pilots. The Department of Defense measures everything, so there has to be extensive research on this question. If the Pentagon can show that pregnant pilots are the best, we will be the first to demand an entire Air Force of pregnant pilots.
The problem is, we’re pretty confident that Joe Biden hasn’t asked to see those numbers. We’d bet money he never even thought to ask.
The rest of us depend on the U.S. military to protect our families and to protect the country itself. Joe Biden doesn’t see it that way. Finding the most effective military pilots — or infantry officers, or SEAL teams — is not his priority. It’s not even close to his priority. Identity politics is Joe Biden’s priority. It’s all that matters.
Carlson also noted another Biden policy — “the Biden administration announced that the Pentagon will pay for gender reassignment surgery for active duty personnel” — and asked,
How do sex changes in the military make this country safer? That’s not a trick question, it’s another volley in the culture war. It’s the only question that matters — literally. But no one bothered to ask it, probably because no one can remember why the U.S. military exists.
Here’s a reminder: the U.S. military exists to fight and win wars. That is its only purpose. The U.S. military is not an NGO. It is not a vehicle for achieving equity. It is not a social experiment. It’s definitely not an employment agency; nobody has a God-given right to work in the military. If you ever hear this show whine that Delta Force is discriminating against paunchy, 51-year-old cable news hosts, you’ll know we’ve lost the thread. It’s not about us, it’s about the country. Making people feel valued and included is a good thing, but it is not the point of the U.S. military. It cannot be the point of the U.S. military, or else we’re done.
This used to be obvious.
Yes, it used to be. Now defending the obvious is an act of extremism. What would once have been called a discriminating mind — that is, a mind applying careful distinctions and rationality to important problems — is now dismissed as a discriminatory mind. This speaks to the profound lack of seriousness in liberalism. It is not interested in sober statecraft but in the most juvenile liberationist politics. It is hard to believe now, but there was a time when conservative Democrats hesitated before using the military as a lab for liberal social experiments. Those days are gone. For Biden, the culture war takes precedence over real ones.