Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pleasant surprise: Eric Fanning confirmed as Army Sec

Eric Fanning
Tuesday evening the U.S. Senate confirmed Eric Fanning to be the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning is the first (openly) gay person to be the civilian leader of a branch of the armed services. I thought that the Senate would run out the clock to pander to the Christian extremists. The did, however, employ a voice vote to insulate individual senators.

You may recall the caustic comment last January from Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council. According to Mr. Perkins:
Eight years of President Obama will be more than enough for most Americans. But unfortunately, the administration’s radicalism won’t end when his term does. Hundreds of political appointees are already making life difficult for their successors. Nowhere is that more obvious than the U.S. military, where the next president will inherit a mess of morale, readiness, political correctness, and social confusion.

What the White House didn’t destroy with budget cuts, it devastated with sexual experimentation. Now, with the Army desperately struggling to meet recruitment goals, President Obama is nominating an activist who will drive people farther away: Eric Fanning. The former Air Force Secretary has been the White House’s pick to take over for Army Secretary John McHugh, who stepped down last fall.

Sensing Fanning might face some opposition (he’s been a gay activist for almost two decades) … Before rising to one of the highest civilian positions in the military, Fanning served on the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, where he caught a vision he hoped to push in the ranks. In an interview with the Washington Blade in 2013, Fanning made his agenda clear: he wants to use his influence to push open transgenderism in the ranks. “I think that the military is stronger, institutions are stronger, and society is stronger the more inclusive that we are,” Fanning said. “So, wherever we can root out discrimination, I think it’s a positive thing.”
There is no evidence whatsoever, by the way, that the repeal of DADT has had a detrimental effect on the armed services. If anything the transition seems to confirm just how silly it was to preclude gay people from seerving. Perkins is fiercely determined to prove that he is the schmuck that we all think that he is. 

A time will come when someone as eminently qualified as Fanning will be nominated and confirmed without anyone mentioning his sexuality which is entirely irrelevant. It might be noted that he is married to someone with a male name but that's about it. Hopefully in my lifetime.

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