This is a good step, consistent with President Trump’s emphasis on repairing the damage done to the military under the preceding administration. It is noteworthy that this comes at the same time the President is approving (while holding his nose) a $1.3 billion omnibus budget busting spending bill to the dismay of many of his supporters. The reason he gave was the necessity to move forward with military procurement in the face of growing threats from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. The point here is that Trump appears seriously concerned about and focused on our military capability.
Though few seem to realize it, these military threats are serious and growing while our military is over stretched and strained. The overwhelming priority given to using the military as a tool of social engineering under the previous administration has certainly not helped this situation.
The adverse impact of this social engineering on military capability is very real as Trump and Mattis argue in this new policy. However, in my opinion, the real problem is the reverse, namely the adverse impact on our society as a whole of this social engineering in the military.
The real problem
This isn't just about practical matters like “deployability.” The whole feminist, homosexual, transgender agenda is about destroying the image of God in Man, male and female, and thus alienating America from its Christian roots. The left has been using the schools, business, and the military as instruments in this evil activity. It should be opposed because it is evil, not just because it is impractical. Trump and Mattis may not be able to say this but we should not be afraid to.
On the one hand the purpose behind showcasing a handful of women being successful in traditional masculine military roles is to deny little boys growing up a clear positive image of manhood to which they can aspire. On the other hand the same image projection serves to downgrade the role of wife, mother and homemaker in the eyes of little girls. As much as the left hates the chivalric ideal for young men, it hates the ideal of Christian womanhood even more, which is why abortion is its highest value.
This hatred of the traditional Christian family, what the left dismisses as the “patriarchy,” is logical for them. The legal and moral institution of the family is the main bulwark against the totalitarian state. The self-governing nature of a family oriented society leaves little excuse for ever expanding social services welfare state, a state that reduces everyone to children of “Big Brother.” To the left, a totalitarian, one-party police state is necessary to bring about their delusional utopian society that solves all human problems by re-engineering human beings themselves. Apparently, the 100 million or so bodies slain for this mad dream in the twentieth century are not enough yet.
For this monstrous evil to be resisted, the Christian church must stop limiting itself to secondary arguments against evil, must stop being ashamed of the words of Jesus in the midst of a perverse generation, and must once again speak with the power of the Holy Spirit. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)