President Obama has some company in the basement of military approval ratings. It seems his former Secretary of State (and current Democratic nominee for president) Hillary Clinton has something in common with the current commander-in-chief: a dismal 15% favorability rating among active and former service members. The numbers are jaw dropping when you consider that just 3% have a “very favorable” impression of the former First Lady — while an overwhelming 81% hold negative views.
Obviously, Clinton has been a polarizing person in the last several years for the military, who watched her botch, lie, and cover-up the incident in Benghazi, which led to the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Now, with Clinton vowing to continue the president’s legacy of sexual experimentation, most troops are understandably wary of another four years of fighting cultural wars. Although liberal presidents have never enjoyed broad support in the military, our Armed Forces may finally be at the breaking point after seven years of extreme social engineering.
In less than two terms, President Obama has radically changed the military culture, undercutting — not just good order and discipline — but the faith of the brave men and women who serve. After pulling more troops out of the Middle East, people assumed the support for the liberal approach would rebound. Instead, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” women on the front lines, budget cuts, hostility toward religion, and an openness to transgenderism have all snowballed into a deep-seated resentment that show no signs of letting up. Ultimately, something will have to give — and that something appears to be the military’s support.
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