- - Monday, March 14, 2016


The first responsibility of the national government is the national defense. The U.S. Army sheds blood, sweat and, lately, tears at the perilous task of keeping 320 million Americans safe. The nation’s military is commissioned to stand with sword and shield (and a few other more lethal weapons) to say to prospective foe, “This we’ll defend.” Encouraging the warrior spirit is the first duty of any army so that it will be ready and eager to “march to the sound of the guns.”

But the leaders of the modern American army, encouraged by President Obama, have other notions. They’re trying to burden the troops with collective racial guilt by lecturing them about the sin of “white privilege,” as if taken from the playbook of the Black Lives Matter movement that grew out of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. They should know that when “we are all guilty,” no one is guilty.

This mind-control initiative was first undertaken last year at Fort Gordon, Georgia, when 400 members of the 67th Signal Battalion were subjected to a briefing on “equal opportunity,” complete with a PowerPoint presentation telling the troops that “society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual regardless of your social class.” So be ashamed of yours. The watchdog organization Judicial Watch obtained details of the briefing material through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“The flip side of privilege,” the soldiers were told, is that “social forces tend to press upon people and hold them down, hem in and block their pursuit of a good life.” A black woman in Africa, in a cited example, doesn’t identify herself as black because she hasn’t experienced “white racism,” and only becomes “black” when she arrives in the United States “where privilege is organized according to race, where she is assigned to a social category that bears that name and she is treated differently as a result.”

This is obvious nonsense, and insults blacks who take justifiable pride in their black identity. The flaw in the human condition is more fundamental than merely race. The flaw encourages white to discount black, and black to spurn white. It moves northern Asians of China, Korea and Japan to look down on each other and all of them to disdain Vietnamese and Cambodian. People of the same race look with skeptical eye on those who speak a different language, as the bloody history of Europe demonstrates.

Nothing has done more to work against the inherent friction among the various ethnicities than Christianity, which has spread a message of tolerance of differences of appearance and custom. No nation has attempted to achieve a colorblind society more than the United States. The secularists who hold sway at the moment in Washington, who sneer at faith, relentlessly chip away at the nation’s religious roots, opening infiltration routes for racist views. Racism is a pernicious evil, and it must be confronted whenever and wherever it appears, but the Army has no place in this confrontation beyond dealing with racial favoritism and discrimination in the ranks when and where the Army finds it. Reforming the human condition is beyond the ability of mere generals.

Social engineering of the nation’s armed forces has been one of President Obama’s goals in his quest to transform America, and that means playing with soldiers’ heads. A competent commander in chief would know that shared values like love of country, not racial resentment, gives his troops the fortitude to win the nation’s wars. That’s task enough for any army.

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