The Consequences of Legalizing "G.I. Jesus Tourette's Syndrome"
I've often wondered as to precisely how many of the scores upon scores of imbecilic, fundamentalist Christian members of the United States Congress have ever served even one nanosecond in the operational ranks of the United States armed forces, not counting service as a military chaplain or physician. The answer is very, very few. And oh how it shows. And oh how these fundamentalist Christian predators are trying mightily to rip asunder and destroy the most essential, bedrock foundation of how our military operates. How? They are crudely attempting to make the unbridled proselytizing of the weaponized version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ literally boundless and without sanction within our Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.
How best to describe it? Tourette's Syndrome is a serious and tragic disease. It is terribly debilitating. Thus, metaphorically, let's call it the unconstitutional legalization of "G.I. Jesus Tourette's Syndrome."
Let us examine its catastrophic consequences.
My friends, it is bare knuckles good order, morale, and discipline which stirs the essential drink of our national defense. It forms the down and dirty muscle, sinew, and crucial tissue of all effective military organizations. In combat and in protracted military operations, this critical triumvirate is a make-or-break factor of absolute, sine qua non importance. It is incontrovertibly of a magnitude of necessity equal to that of combat weaponry and supplies. One needn’t recall the innumerable classic historical examples absolutely validating this principle of armed conflict such as the Battle of Thermopylae, the American War of Independence, or Dien Bien Phu. Indeed, the fierce resilience of our opponents in Afghanistan stands as an all too lucid testament to the importance of the seemingly immaterial within the all too physical battlefield.
However, the U.S. military is now deeply mired in a complex web of crises attacking its good order, morale, and discipline. Sexual assaults against our heroic women in uniform have reached pandemic proportions. Weeks ago, USAF Lt. Col. Jay Folds, deputy commander of operations for the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, protested to his officers about the “rot” that permeates their ranks. In a shocking example of the extent of this rot, 17 nuclear missile launch officers were summarily removed from duty for incompetence.
As stomach-turning as these examples are, the fiercest danger for our servicemembers looms ahead. This danger is not a “jihad” of exotic, international origin. Quite on the contrary, it is a homegrown Holy War emanating from belligerent fundamentalist Christian bigots in government who delight in fancying themselves as the prodigiously proselytizing foot-soldiers of a modern-day “ Crusade.” The latest vicious whirlwind imperiling our servicemembers, and consequently our national security, comes in a two-pronged effort to implant “Religious Freedom” amendments in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Besides eviscerating good order, morale, and discipline among our own U.S. troops, it also enrages our Islamic allies and immeasurably emboldens our Islamic enemies, providing the latter with an undeserved and immense propaganda bonanza. Bottom line: these reckless and seditious actions of sectarian bigotry by fundamentalist Christian religious extremists in Congress will immeasurably enhance the likelihood of our troops being maimed and killed in combat in Southwest Asia and all over the world. If only any of these legislative "carpetbaggers for Christ" gave a damn.
One of these attempts is a laughably absurd and breathtakingly idiotic amendment by Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) which takes direct aim at and specifically attempts to “rebuke,” well, me. This world-class cretin in the U.S. House of Representatives has cobbled together a 25-point, bulleted list of wretchedly out-of-context quotes which pathetically attempts to “expose, and possibly deter, future meetings between Pentagon officials” and, ahem, myself. Seriously, Timmy boy, get a grip. I like to call this one the “We’re Scared of Mikey Weinstein Amendment” - and it was actually passed by voice vote by the entire U.S. House of Representatives late last Thursday, June 13, 2013. What a sad collection of pitiable clowns. I am reminded of that great quote from Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe."