Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has received information that drag shows are continuing to be hosted on military bases despite previous admissions made back in March to the congressman by the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley that such things should not be happening and are improper. He has in light of this information sent a letter demanding that Biden's military leadership answer questions about why this is happening again, according to Breitbart News.
Representative Gaetz began his letter noting that a "family friendly" drag show is scheduled to be held on Nellis Air Force Base on June 1st. He wrote, "[i]n this latest outright attack on children, this event is being advertised as having no minimum age requirement."
The Florida lawmaker continued by noting, "You both testified before the House Armed Service Committee stating: ‘drag shows and drag events are not something the DoD supports or fund’ and ‘I’d like to take a look at that material … I don’t agree with that, these things shouldn’t be happening.’ Given those statements, has this drag event scheduled for June 1, 2023, on Nellis Air Force Base been reviewed and approved by either of you?"
He inquired if the base is providing funds for the event, if the Department of Defense deems it appropriate for children to attend such events, and so on. The full letter can be read here. Matt Gaetz also took his case to Twitter when he asked, "Why are these [events] still happening?"
.@SecDef - Why are these still happening?https://t.co/Xvxdyebcuj— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 23, 2023
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There is an acute recruitment shortage among the military and many have pointed out that one of the reasons for this was the growing divisions between military values that are getting more woke and the general public.
Former veterans have expressed opposition to people joining the military today given the woke issues. The Director of the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation Thomas Spoehr, a retired military general himself, remarked, "[w]oke ideology undermines military readiness in various ways. It undermines cohesiveness by emphasizing differences based on race, ethnicity, and sex. It undermines leadership authority by introducing questions about whether promotion is based on merit or quota requirements."
Director Spoehr pointed out in a seperate article that "a consistent failure by the Army to meet its recruiting targets carries dire national security consequences—not sometime in the distant future, but today" and that the military's priorities were incorrect as he noted that in "[t]he same week that the Army fails to achieve its recruiting goal—a direct measure of its health—it released a major news announcement trumpeting the release of its climate change remediation plan. The climate plan, clearly the result of months of arduous work, represents an incredible amount of organizational effort." His article called for the military to pivot to prioritize resolving the recruitment issue.