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Conservative Leaders Oppose State Funded Racist Training That Politicizes the U.S. Military

Over 100 leaders of the conservative movement, including many national security experts and retired flag officers of the United States military, have signed the Conservative Action

Project’s latest “Memo to the Movement” decrying the imposition of Marxist ideology in the military. Specifically, the Memo criticizes mandated training espousing views of Bishop Garrison, Ibram X. Kendi, and others as dangerous signs of the ongoing spread of anti-American propaganda in military ranks.


The text of the Memo to the Movement and list of signers follows: June 15, 2021


Washington, DC

Conservatives call on America’s military leaders who are patriotic, intelligent, and persons of integrity to reject the use of critical race theory – which is state funded racism – and other race and gender ideologies being used to politicize the United States military.

Under the Biden administration, ideological instruction and management has reached troubling new heights – ones that threaten to weaken the bond between America’s armed forces and its civilian leadership, and undermine our military effectiveness and readiness.

Soldiers and contractors are being required to sit through instruction in racist instruction, including readings authored by critical theorists like Ibram X. Kendi. In a recent recruiting ad, the Army chose to celebrate alternative lifestyles instead of competency and effectiveness in warfighting.

The push to politicize the military is also seen in the regrettable appointment of Bishop Garrison as the Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Garrison is a hyper-partisan who has spent his career claiming that the United States Constitution was written to codify white supremacy, and that white people are irremediably racist. In his new role as the head of Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG), Garrison has the authority to impose his extremist ideas on the whole of the Department of Defense.

Garrison’s influence is already being felt. Reports have come to light that the Department of Homeland Security is considering hiring a private company to monitor the free speech of military personnel on social media in ways that “circumvent [the] legal limits” placed on DHS by the constitution.

In May, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a commander in the U.S. Space Force, was fired for speaking out against the imposition of Marxist ideology in the military. Specifically, he viewed mandated training espousing views of Garrison, Kendi, and others as dangerous signs of the ongoing spread of anti-American propaganda in military ranks. For speaking out against this, Lohmeier was fired for engaging in “partisan political activity.”

The United States military is tasked with one mission: maintaining mission critical readiness to protect the American homeland. Sowing our armed forces with divisive rhetoric designed to pit races and genders against one another is not only morally wrong, it poses a very real threat to our national security.

We strongly urge the civilian and military leaders of our armed forces to terminate these overt efforts to politicize our armed forces, and return to an unequivocal focus on the patriotism, courage, and innovation that have made the U.S. military the envy of the world.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council


Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

President, Republic Book Publishers

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute

Virginia Thomas

President

Liberty Consulting

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman

Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Lori Roman

President

American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU)

Tom Jones

Co-Founder

American Accountability Foundation

Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel

U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)

U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio


William L. Walton

President

Council for National Policy

Lt. Gen. Robert Bishop, USAF (Ret)

President, Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services

The Honorable Paul E. Vallely

MG US Army (Ret)

Stand Up America US Foundation

The Honorable John Poindexter

U.S. Navy (Retired)

JMP Consulting

Admiral Jerome L. Johnson

Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations

U.S. Navy

Admiral Leigthon Smith

U.S. Navy (Retired)

RADM Hugh D. Wisely

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Robert S, Owens

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino

U.S. Army (Retired)

Brigadier General William Weise

USMC (Retired)

John Closner

Major General (Ret)

Major General Dave Richwine

USMC (Retired)

Major General Donald McGregor

USAF (Retired)

Stand Up America US

Major General Dewitt T. Irby, Jr.

U.S. Army (Retired)

The Honorable Charles J. Cooper

Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988

Lewis K. Uhler

Founder and President

National Tax Limitation Committee

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

Joan Holt Lindsey

Founder

Lindsey Communications

Kim Colleen Bengard

It Takes A Family

William W. Pascoe III

Our Man in Washington

Tea Party Patriots Action

Michelle Easton

President, Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Amapola Hansberger

President

Legal Immigrants for America

E.C. Sykes

General Partner

Aslan Ventures

Willes K. Lee

President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values

Mark Meckler

President

Convention of States Action

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus

Penna Dexter

Co-host

Point of View Radio

Richard G. Scurry

VP Product Development

14all.us

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

The Honorable Diana Denman

Chairman/President

The Reagan Legacy Forum

Floyd Brown

Founder

The Western Journal

Dr. Rick Rounsavelle

Trustee

MRC

Henry Canterbury


The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chairman

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Kevin Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

Texas Public Policy Foundation

Herman Pirchner, Jr.

Founding President

American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

Mary Vought

Executive Director

Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)


The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom

Rachel A. Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Frank J. Gaffney

Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy

Brig. Gen. Darryl Powell, MD, USA (Ret.)

Member

Center for Military Readiness

Colonel Lavoy Thiessen

U.S. Army (Retired)

STARRS Inc.

Major General Joe Arbuckle

U.S. Army (Retired)

Brigadier General Paul Kavanaugh

U.S. Army (Retired)

Brigadier General William Arthur Bloomer

U. S. Marine Corps (Ret)

RADM John A. Moriarty

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Lieutenant General Benjamin Mixon

U.S. Army (Retired)

Dr. Hugh Patrick Scott

Rear Admiral, Medical Corps

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Major General William B. Hobgood

U.S. Army (Retired)

Self Employed - Timber Farming

Major General Bob Hollingsworth

USMC (Retired)

Kenneth Battle

Advisory Board Chair

Economic Continuity Alliance

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson

President (2013-2019)

National Religious Broadcasters

Brigadier General Donald Bolduc

U.S. Army (Retired)

Candidate for US Senate (NH)

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United


The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk

President

The Martin Foundation

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Imaging, Inc.

Haley E. Martin

Past President

The Martin Foundation

Peggy Dau

Representative

IranAliveMinistries

Karen England

Executive Director, Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

Paavo Ensio

Chairman

Universal Minerals Group

Gary Marx

President

The Concord Fund

William Shaker

CEO

Washington Marketing Group

Steve Berger

CEO/President

ASI

Sheryl Kaufman

Board Member

Americans for Limited Government

Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk?

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Mat Staver

Chairman

Liberty Counsel Action

Robert Keith Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

Barry Meguiar

President

Ignite America

The Honorable Mike Hill

Former Member

Florida State House

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and President

Capital Research Center

Randy M. Long

Founder

Long Business Advisors, LLC

The Honorable Stephen Stockman

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Texas

Carroll D. Childers

Consultant, Registered Professional Engineer


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