Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor (R-VA) was attributed to his Tea Party backing, when national groups like the Tea Party Patriots gave him no financial assistance at all. What the media ignored was his campaigning in local churches and emphasis on family values.
In addition to opposing illegal immigration, Brat’s platform declared that “the most important factor in our nation’s success is the strength of the family unit.” It said that Brat would “protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith.”
“A man of deep faith,” his bio says, “Dave attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church with his wife Laura and their two children: Jonathan, 15 and Sophia, 11.” It says he went to Princeton where he obtained a Masters in Divinity and on to American University where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics.
During the campaign he also repeatedly emphasized a national security policy of “peace through strength.”
As they played down his pro-moral values message, in a victory that is continuing to send shock waves through the political establishment, our media have failed to report on how President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America has been working out in a process that can only be described as the homosexualization of the Armed Forces.
It is a topic that some Republicans, eager to sound like Democrats on social issues, want to avoid. But Brat’s victory—and the fact that his pro-traditional values message struck a chord—may cause them to start paying attention.
Many have been amazed at the lengths to which the Obama administration went to get Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl out of enemy hands, by exchanging him for five top terrorists. But consider the extraordinary June 5th Department of Defense “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Ceremony,” which featured “the highest ranking transgendered civilian appointment in the Department,” a “woman” named Amanda Simpson who used to be a man named Mitchell Simpson.
Simpson introduced the event and proudly identified herself/himself as transgender, generating a round of applause.
We reported on Simpson in 2010, when he/she became the first openly transgendered appointee to the federal bureaucracy. Simpson has since moved from the Commerce Department to the Defense Department.
Simpson reflects the aggressive infiltration of the federal government, even the Pentagon, by the George Soros-funded transgender movement. The Executive Director of something called the “Army Energy Initiatives Task Force,” Simpson served as a board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality from 2007 to 2009. George Soros has been a backer of the group, giving them $150,000 through his Open Society Foundations in 2011 alone.
You may recall that former Army soldier Bradley Manning had listed the National Center for Transgender Equality among his “likes and interests.” Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act, theft of government property, and other offenses, has now said, “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female.” He wants the taxpayers to pay for his sex-change operation and the Pentagon seems willing to oblige him/her.
At the Pentagon event, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work delivered the keynote address, saying, “We honor the service and sacrifices of our gay and lesbian service members…” Clearly, Manning is not somebody the Pentagon is necessarily “proud” of. Still, the extraordinary “gay pride” ceremony at the Pentagon was something to see. It reflected what Robert R. Reilly describes in his new book, Making Gay Okay, as the transformation of the homosexual rights movement from a request for tolerance to a cultural conquest.
It is quite shocking to think that the Pentagon has been conquered in this insidious process. Yet, that’s what the facts seem to show.
Reilly taught at the National Defense University, and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy from 2002 to 2006. His publisher, Ignatius Press, has produced a short YouTube video about his provocative new book.
However, Breitbart News reports that the Reilly book is receiving the silent treatment from much of the conservative media. “Reilly’s new book cannot get a hearing; there is a media blackout, a stonewall even among the conservative press…” reports Austin Ruse.
If the conservative media won’t cover the homosexualization of the military, who will? It is a question that Reilly must be asking.
It is a book that Pentagon officials should read. In a chapter titled “Sodomy and the Military,” Reilly notes that “From America’s founding until 2011, the armed forces of the United States have prohibited sodomy and sought to exclude homosexuals from military service. In 1778, at Valley Forge, General George Washington approved the sentence of dismissal for an officer ‘attempting to commit sodomy,’ with ‘abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes,’ according to Washington’s papers at the Library of Congress.”
In April of this year, however, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presided over a signing ceremony for the “Human Goals Charter,” a document rewritten to affirm the special rights of homosexuals in the Armed Forces. Hagel and top military officials signed it. “I’m proud that the language of the charter has been updated to reflect the contributions of gay and lesbian military personnel who now serve openly and proudly across America’s armed forces,” Hagel said.
Rewriting the history of the American republic, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told the “gay pride” ceremony that “Upholding the individual liberties, dignity and worth of every American is the bedrock principle upon which our nation was founded.”
General George Washington’s view and the treatment of homosexuality during his lifetime have simply been eliminated from the military history of the United States.
At the Pentagon’s “pride” ceremony, Work also made mention of Brigadier General Tammy Smith, “the first openly gay General Officer in the United States military.” Smith is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Reserve. Her official bio refers to Smith and “her spouse Tracey Hepner,” who works for the Department of Homeland Security. She was chosen to sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the 2013 State of the Union address.
There is no doubt these changes at the Pentagon are being directed from the top.
“The price of open homosexual service is to drive virtue, including the military virtues, further underground as deviancy is defined upward,” Reilly says in his book. “This is not an accidental effect or simply collateral damage; it was…the larger purpose of revoking the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The military was the last public bastion within the government for these virtues; so it became the target. It had to be made to kneel before moral abnormity. Men of honor had to be required to acquiesce publicly. Their fall represents the definitive triumph of the moral dystopia that has been eating its way through America’s institutions.”
Referring to those service members who resign or are being dismissed because of their belief in traditional values, as well as those ruling out a military career because of the changes underway, he says, “The failure of many of those in public life, including senior military officers, to rally to the defense of these service members and their institution has a name: trahison des clercs. It is not an honorable one, but they have earned it.”
The French phrase, “trahison des clercs,” refers to the treason of the intellectuals.
It would be a shame if conservative voices in the media take part in the treachery, especially when there is evidence to believe that Dave Brat’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over Eric Cantor was based at least in part on staying true to the traditional values that made this country great, and made our military the best in the world.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at [email protected].