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Today's Commentary: Let the soldiers speak -- North Korea is closer-- Obamacare rundown -- Good news -- A final goodbye -- News Bits (NEW)
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While Hollywood, the media and the Twittersphere reacted with the expected hair-on-fire outrage to President Trump’s announcement overturning the Obama-era policy of allowing openly transgender military members, one news website asked the people actually affected – military members – their opinion. It might shock Trump’s critics to find that the soldiers mostly agree with the decision and for the same reasons cited by Trump: the US military isn’t a lab for social experimentation, it’s the world’s most lethal fighting force that goes into the most dangerous situations on Earth, and anything that distracts from their training, mission and team cohesiveness is likely to get people killed.
This is a must-read for anyone who wants to hear some honest, genuinely informed views on this issue (so, not the mainstream news media). The soldiers also bring up a few issues that have largely been overlooked: one is that transgender soldiers would have received expensive taxpayer-paid surgery and hormone treatments at a time when budgets are already strained and wounded veterans are not getting the top quality care they deserve. Another issue is that the military spends a lot of money training soldiers for up to a year for a specific battle regimen, but what good are soldiers to their team if they have to take off for months to recuperate from gender-reassignment surgery or can’t function at peak efficiency without their hormone treatments? As one solider noted, this is not discrimination targeted at transgender people; applicants are rejected for all sorts of physical reasons that make them unsuited to combat roles.
Read the whole thing and note something important: these soldiers make it very clear that they’re not “haters” who are prejudiced against trans people. They praise them for their contributions to the service. They just disagree with the Obama approach of turning the military into an open transgender support system. As one said, “The military is not a social experiment. Its objective is to fight wars. That’s where its sole focus should be.” The soldiers know that when the DC military bureaucrats’ entire focus is not on fighting wars as efficiently as possible, the bureaucrats aren’t the ones who will be coming home in body bags.
North Korea is closer
By Mike Huckabee
A disturbing new US intelligence assessment of North Korea predicts that Kim Jong Un could have an ICBM capable of reaching the US with a nuclear warhead by 2018, which is two years sooner than previously thought.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said North Korea has benefited from outside “partners, suppliers, engineers and talented physicists” who have accelerated its “learning curve faster than one might do if you just simply did it internally.”
That would suggest that it’s a bad idea to let rogue states that threaten their neighbors with annihilation have nuclear reactors and planeloads of money to pay for weapons experts, tech and equipment. I wonder if there might be some other rouge nation where that valuable lesson should also have been applied?
By Mike Huckabee
There’s not much reason for the average person to keep up with all the internal sausage-making involving Obamacare in the Senate, but here’s a quick rundown of what happened this week. The bill to continue debating repeal and/or replacing it passed because Vice President Pence cast the tie voted (needed because ostensible Republicans Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins voted against even allowing debate. President Trump blasted Murkowski, who had voted in 2015 to fully repeal Obamacare when there was no chance of Obama signing it.)
Next, a bill to repeal without a replacement ready failed 55-45. Then the current repeal-and-replace bill failed 57-43. But since they can at least debate it now, maybe they’ll keep coming up with bills until they pass something, then take to the House to hammer out a real bill. My suggestion to these Republicans who are tempted to break their promise to get rid of Obamacare and come up with something that improves choice and lowers premiums: hammer out a bill before the 2018 elections or you may be making your living after that by hammering nails.
By Mike Huckabee
We can use all the good news we can get, so I’m glad to have this to report: Rep. Steve Scalise has been released from the hospital. Doctors say he’s in good spirits and has made “excellent progress” since he nearly died from a gunshot fired by a would-be mass killer of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. He will now begin “intensive inpatient rehab.” Please keep your prayers coming, because they’re working.
A final goodbye
By Mike Huckabee
Sadly, we must say our final goodbyes today to two prominent Americans who fed generations of us for years. One fed our bellies, the other fed our imaginations.
Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim died last Friday in Pittsburg, Texas, at 89. He was a great philanthropist and business man who helped turn a family feed and seed store into the multi-billion dollar Pilgrim’s Pride chicken company. He was a humble and deeply religious man, but his tongue-in-cheek commercials with himself in a Pilgrim hat made him a household name, and he became a sought-after speaker. But he never lost touch with his small town roots because he never left the small town.
Another American icon has passed away, just short of her 100th birthday. You might not know June Forey’s face, but everyone has her voice indelibly printed in their memories. She was the busiest, most prolific cartoon and voiceover actress in history. She was Cindy Lou Who in the original “Grinch” TV special, Tweety’s owner Granny in Looney Tunes cartoons, both Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha in “Bullwinkle,” Dudley Do-Right’s girlfriend Nell Fenwick, the female voices in all the classic Stan Freberg parody records, and probably a million more cartoons, movies and TV shows. In fact, if you had a Chatty Cathy doll, that was her voice, too.
Attention, drivers in Gwinnett County, Georgia: You can relax. Nazi Germany is not invading Georgia.
Here’s an important message from the new White House Press Secretary about the fact that she is the first person to hold that job who happens to be a working mom. She didn’t mention that her three kids are all beautiful, brilliant and talented, but I think that goes without saying.
And another surprising take on the transgender military policy change from a transgender military veteran who thinks Trump made the right decision.
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