The Troubling Effort to Indoctrinate Our Service Members on Extremism, BLM and Antifa

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We covered the problem of the military going after Tucker Carlson and marching on Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s office, clearly involving themselves in political things that they shouldn’t be getting involved in, taking an unprecedented side.

But it’s far worse than that. “Woke” politics has far infiltrated the military. So much so that they’re now at the stage of going after members’ political opinions.

Our friends over at PJ Media had an exclusive written by “Ted Mahan” (not his real name), a member of the Navy who has about twenty years of service, which described the “stand down order” the Navy employed as they tried to preach against and root out “extremism.”

The training we received this month was rushed through in the wake of the Washington, D.C., riot. The course, which was given in a PowerPoint deck, included a slide defining “extremism.” One would expect a broad, catch-all phrase that makes it clear that any radical activity undermining our nation or promoting criminal activity would not be tolerable.

But that would be wrong. Extremism was narrowly defined as “supremacist” beliefs only. That’s it. Nothing else. Nothing about anarchism, nothing about any group that might be found on the left. Everyone in the room – of every race, incidentally – had a collective hush as the chilling effect of this clearly biased definition dawned on our team. As one person on our team put it, “Why does the DoD only care about one kind of extremism? Why do they refuse to talk about antifa? Why is it extremist to attack a Capitol police officer, but not extremist to attack a Portland police officer?” [….]

Nor was there any mention of antifa, which explicitly and often openly promotes violent activities. It seems odd that in 2020, when we saw 1,000 riots with varying levels of violence, our training would be centered on the one riot connected to the right and ignore the 999 connected to the left.

The Daily Press ran a piece that basically confirmed this “training,” as well as the fact that it was “worrying” the Pentagon that the military members were viewing the “Capitol riots, racial protests equally.”

“This is coming from every echelon that we’re talking to,” said Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón Colón-López. “Some people may think that, ‘all right, so the events of 6 January happened. How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?’”

Sounds like an excellent question. So, what is the military telling service members in response, in their “training” on the matter?

According to Colón-López, they had “very very tough conversations with people because sometimes they’re emotional on the subject” to make sure that “military members understand the difference between Seattle and Washington, D.C.”

“We cannot confuse a First Amendment grievance because of social injustice organization and some of the criminals that latched on to go ahead and loot, destroy and commit other crimes. There’s two clear, distinct groups right there,” Colón-López said, referring to the difference between peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters and looters who disrupted some of those events.

The looting has been used by some television commentators to convince viewers that the protests were equivalent to the Capitol attacks and that message has left a mark on some of the younger forces, Colón-López said. [….]

Sometimes the younger troops take what they see on TV as, “OK so that’s what this means,” Colón-López said. “We have to educate them, no, that’s not what that meant.”

That’s incredibly concerning. Can we say ‘political indoctrination’? In addition to clearly having no idea what they are talking about and no idea what the BLM and Antifa are all about. Hundreds of violent riots across the country connected to BLM and Antifa, billions in damage, more than 20 murdered, hundreds injured, including hundreds of cops.

Versus one, three-hour riot where the people who died were the Trump supporters – 3 from medical emergencies, 1 shot by the Capitol Police and Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose cause of death is unclear. There is a big difference. One appears to be a continuing ongoing threat against the government and the social order, but has the protection of the Democrats versus a one-day event condemned by everyone.