Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) never served in the military -- but she's one of the strongest warriors you'll ever meet. And during yesterday's debate over the National Defense Authorization Act, that's exactly what America needed. While other Republicans ran and hid, she stood in the fire, fiercely determined to stop what Barack Obama started: the decimation of the world's greatest fighting force.
Unfortunately for our men and women in uniform, not every Republican cares about national security as much as Hartzler does. When the Missouri congresswoman tried to stop the runaway train of transgenderism, 24 Republicans said, "No thanks. We'd rather fund Obama's political correctness than restore the military." By a 214-209 vote, they told troops, taxpayers, and Trump that they'd prefer to spend $3.7 billion on gender reassignments than the military's own assignment: to fight and win wars.
If these Republicans were looking serve as "path finders" to the Congressional minority, they may have found it. According to the latest Rasmussen polling, only 23 percent of the country agrees with them that opening the doors to the gender-confused is good for the military. Add in the sky-high costs of treatments and lost deployment time, and that number would probably look generous by comparison. Like most service chiefs, Americans don't understand how anyone could justify spending billions on a radical medical procedure when the same amount could buy a Navy destroyer, 22 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes, 3,700 tomahawk missiles, or 116 Chinook helicopters. After this, Congressional conservatives who stood with Hartzler will -- and should -- question the extra $80 billion in defense funding Congress asked for in its latest defense budget. Does the military really need it if they're willing to spend $3.7 billion swapping people's parts -- instead of buying new ones for planes and tanks?
"This is about addressing [North] Korea, Russia, ISIS," Hartzler argued on the House floor. "We need every defense dollar to go to meeting those threats, not anything else, and we need to make sure our troops are ready and can be deployed." That will be even more difficult under Obama's policy, since, as she points out, "Military members undergoing transition surgery are non-deployable for up to 267 days. Similarly, regular hormone treatments renders individuals non-deployable into the future. It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation's wars and unfair to non-transitioning individuals who must leave their families and deploy in their place."