Mike Huckabee News
Nov 29 2012
This commentary is from today's Huckabee Report.
In a fight between liberal ideals and physical reality, which side would you bet your life on? This week in San Francisco, the ACLU announced the filing of a lawsuit, challenging the military’s policy of barring women from some combat positions. It’s on behalf of four female military members who have served heroically. They complain that the exclusions are holding back their careers, and that combat positions should be based on strength and skill, not gender. Okay. But here’s where reality intrudes.
The Pentagon is opening more combat positions up to women. But the Marines have fitness tests for combat that require men to be able to do at least three pull-ups. Because they consider women to have less upper body strength, women didn’t have to do the pull-ups. But starting in 2014, they will. And a study of over 300 female Marines found that only 21 percent could do at least three pull-ups. Already last summer, two female Marines who enrolled in the Marine Corps’ grueling Infantry Officer Course washed out. So far, no more women have volunteered.
So the ACLU is suing for full gender equality in all combat roles. But in reality, the only ways to achieve full equality are either to lower the strength requirements for all Marines or to make unequal exceptions for women. Something tells me none of their legal arguments will matter much to a soldier who gets shot in combat and needs his comrade to carry him to safety. All he’ll know is that no ACLU lawyers are going to be around to help with the heavy lifting.
Where do you stand? Leave me a comment below. I read them.