A Texas Republican is fighting for the novel concept of having the U.S. military focus on fighting and winning wars instead of the alleged “white supremacy” in the ranks.
Rep. Chip Roy recently introduced a bill, the Restoring Military Focus Act, that would ban federal funding for jobs within the Defense Department that are “the same as or substantially similar to” the “chief diversity officer,” or “senior advisor for diversity and inclusion,” as those roles are described in the current National Defense Authorization Act.
According to a press release issued by Roy, the first post is appointed by the defense secretary, while the other is appointed by the civilian in charge of each military service.
“The Department of Defense’s top priority should be to develop our men and women in the Armed Forces into a united, lethal, and battle-ready force primed to defend the United States’ interests at a moment’s notice,” Roy said in a statement.
“Instead, the Defense Department has allocated tax-payer dollars to support Chief Diversity Officers tasked to establish ‘training in diversity dynamics’ and ‘evaluations and assessments of diversity,’”
“We need to stop the politicization of the Department of Defense and keep our Armed Forces focused on their goal of defending our national security,” Roy added. “The Restoring Military Focus Act is an important and necessary step to push back against the progressive agenda at the Department of Defense.”
In the release, Roy characterized his measure as “an effort to push back against the Democrats’ politicization of the Department of Defense and to eliminate the unnecessary progressive agenda being pushed by the left that undermines the United States military.”
“Not only are these positions a waste of hard-earned taxpayers dollars,” the statement continued, “but they also undermine and distract from the purpose of the U.S. military.”
Initially, the bill was co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, Brian Mast of Florida, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Bill Johnson of Ohio, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado.
Late last week, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said he had joined the cause.
“I am proud to cosponsor the Restoring Military Focus Act, which would push back against the Woketopian agenda of progressives, as they try to implement it at the Department of Defense,” Gaetz said.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, critical race theory and woke progressivism have no place in our military!”
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