Patriotic College Student’s Concerns About Joining Today’s Woke Military

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OPINION – Kaitlyn Romaine, an exceptionally bright student at the College of the Holy Cross, just wrote an Op-ed published by the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal. In it she explains how she was shocked at her parents’ response to her asking their thoughts on her joining the military.

The piece is titled “How Critical Race Theory Endangers America’s National Security.”

Romaine, who is also a member of the Young Leaders Program in the Center for National Defense at Heritage, wrote:

I asked my parents about what they would think, theoretically, if I joined the military. As proud Americans with the utmost respect for our armed forces, I figured surely they would not have a problem with this idea.

Much to my surprise, the first words out of my mother’s mouth were, “With the way this country is headed, what will there be left to defend?”

She noted that her mother was “not doubting America’s values or the worthwhileness of military service. Rather, she was coming from a place of concern for America’s future, foreseeing a world where its greatness would be attacked from within.”

Romaine went on to express her concerns about critical race theory (CRT) which she describes as a “hateful ideology [that] preaches against American principles and may undermine the future of America’s military.” She cogently explains:

Critical race theory asserts that the United States is systemically racist. It follows Marxist ideology by breaking people into groups of oppressors and oppressed based on their race. Making race the focus of all things, the adoption and teaching of critical race theory leads to institutionalized, state-sponsored racism.

CRT teaches that “certain people deserve preferential treatment based on their skin color, while other races should be punished. This is ironically similar to the racism it claims to extinguish.”

Romaine adds:

These teachings have become a controversial problem within America’s military

The Navy’s professional reading list includes books on critical race theory and identity politics. What’s even more worrisome is that the military has not been receptive to anti-critical race theory arguments. In May, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired as commander of a U.S. Space Force unit for offering a different opinion about the military’s critical race theory teachings.

Many Americans see the dangers of this ideology. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, launched a tip line in May for active military members to report critical race theory in their “diversity training” programs. They have received hundreds of tips.


As The Heritage Foundation’s Dakota Wood explains, “Success in combat depends on the cohesion and competence of the forces involved. … Critical race theory and other such divisive concepts would destroy all this.”

Most importantly, she notes: “Our service members take an oath to defend the Constitution and the U.S., to the point of putting their lives on the line,” and asks: “Why would America’s youth step up to do the same when they are taught that this country is inherently evil?”

That’s a great question Ms Romaine. You are one bright patriotic young American. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Max
Max
18 days ago

When Tyranny becomes the rule of law then Rebellion becomes duty….

Russ
Russ
18 days ago
Reply to  Max

The Democrats are trying their hardest to bring in the age of tyranny. They have some what stopped going after guns. I guess they realize that would take a long time. They are trying to cut the ammunition availability. I would assume that most people are more than stocked up. So that only leaves them one thing. Destroy the economy and the dollar. That is happening as we all are watching Biden’s crap in Afghanistan the House and senate are cooking their damn “for the people” bills.
Look out America the slime is oozing out of DC fast. Get prepared for a day of reckoning. Keep your powder dry you will need it soon

John Baughman
17 days ago

I think I have found the problem with the United(combined, joined, made one) States of America. the problem is in the “UN” no not the ‘United Nations’, which which has happened. We have become so UN that we can’t agree on anything any longer. All subscribing to the UN are pushing for a disconnect to the “it(i)ed, wanting to be supreme, which abandons the oneness(unity) forging a complete disconnect, meaning a re-identification, which we are just coming, perhaps to late, to realize, is the ungluing of the United, and we are discovering that alone, we are loud, but not powerful, as a state instead of a nation of United States, physical properties, no longer powerful because of UNunited philosophies of governing, which are far less important that the putting personal aside and joining again to once again become truly “united”!

agiletz
agiletz
17 days ago

Frankly, I would NOT let a son or daughter join any service, be it military or otherwise for at least the next few years. It is obvious the libtards DO NOT give a whit about the safety and wellbeing of our military, nor Americans in overseas service in general as exhibited by the fiasco that has just taken place. YOUR ON YOUR OWN GUYS – so says the idiot in the white house!

Joe
Joe
17 days ago
Reply to  agiletz

There are good points here in the comments. But the one thing we all have control over is at the lowest level which is in our own households and who we communicate with. I think it’s great how her parents think but I can guarantee that with the right attitude of serving the country, all could be of great service. And yes, it will probably be a thankless, rough, and stupid time with the scope of the missions. After all, I had to work for three Dem presidents that I definitely did not agree with but was worth it for the soldiers.

Bobby
Bobby
17 days ago

Do not believe the military Generals they lied for 20 years

Mona
Mona
17 days ago

Hmm, Biden/Harris/Pelosi/et al have very effectively weakened this country very quickly
making us highly vulnerable to attacks of all kinds. Considering this administrations contempt for the lives of citizens they are supposed to be SERVING, I’m inclined to wonder whether the military draft will be reinstituted to supplement the military personnel who will be lost due to ineptitude/wokeness of the current legislative, judicial and military ‘leadership’.

Sharon Krotts
Sharon Krotts
17 days ago

This is not what America was intended to be. This is not the America I have known for 70+ years! You are seeing the enemy within in action, dividing, indoctrinating our children and destroying our country, all the while depleting tax dollars we don’t have and running up credit we have no way of paying back. Sad day for America! This is your country now. Are you going to let them continue to do it?

Kat
Kat
5 days ago

I can tell you, you need to stay out of the big cities. Terrorists are being welcomed in & will be doing what they do soon. And now that the Taliban has been gifted 85 billion + all kinds of intelligence, I fail to see how our country will not be next on the list.


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