Gang Green: Left Teams up to Take Down Army Pick
What does evolution theory have to do with the Army? A lot, if you want to be the branch’s secretary. That’s just one of the fights the Left picked over Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Army. Dr. Mark Green’s beliefs on everything from creation to sexuality became the subject of a nasty campaign to discredit the respected flight surgeon — a campaign, unfortunately, that ended Friday when Green withdrew his name from consideration.
“Due to false and misleading attacks against me, this nomination has become a distraction,” Green said. “Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain.”
LGBT activists, in particular, were upset that Green supported privacy laws like North Carolina’s and the view of marriage that Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and even Barack Obama held at one point. To them, that was an unacceptable change from former Army Secretary Eric Fanning — who not only identified as gay, but openly used his power to advance that agenda in the military. (How convenient that Fanning wasn’t put under the same scrutiny when he was nominated!) Green, on the other hand, was maligned, misquoted, and mistreated by liberals desperate to keep a pro-family, pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-marriage leader from a position of military authority.
But if being a conservative disqualifies Green from public service, then Washington is going to be a pretty empty place. A group of 11 congressmen, led by Marine vet Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), tried to defend Green, writing in a letter to Senate leadership that “Any attempt to politicize personal statements or views that have been expressed by Mark at any point throughout his career must not be allowed to supersede his qualifications or be conflated to create needless uncertainty with his nomination.” But it was too late. The Left’s crusade against the West Point grad, Tennessee state legislator, and longtime conservative had already taken its toll.
“I think there is a movement to target people of faith who are being nominated,” Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally told the Washington Examiner. “They want their own, either agnostics or people who are non-Christians. ‘They’ being the Democratic Party.” FRC’s own Army vet, Lt. General Jerry Boykin (Ret.) knows what it’s like to be in the cross-hairs because of your Christian views. Sadly, he said, liberals have become “so powerful, and so vicious, that it’s getting hard to find good people like Mark Green to run for office or engage in public policy because of the lies and hateful attacks they will have to endure.” And the military in particular needs strong leaders with the stomach to stand up for what’s right.
Let’s face it: eight years of social experimentation won’t self-correct. President Trump needs someone at the helm with the courage to undo the devastation of the Obama years. If not Mark Green, then someone like Lt. Colonel Allen West or former Congressman Randy Forbes, both respected conservatives who have proven they have the military’s best interest at heart. After two terms of political correctness, our soldiers deserve an Army Secretary who will do whatever it takes to boost morale, defend freedom, and restore readiness. Anything less not only puts the military at risk, but America too.
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