A large, and growing, group of conservative leaders wrote a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling upon him and all "national security-minded Senators” to ensure
that these six nominees are not promoted, thereby powerfully communicating to America’s servicemen and women that their own careers will be judged and advanced on the basis exclusively of actual performance-based merit – rather than enthusiasm for the Biden administration’s radically un-American political agenda.
The letter notes independently conducted research has revealed that some 40% of the promotable officers now awaiting Senate approval have publicly expressed support for the imposition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies upon our armed forces. With its emphasis on identity rather than merit, DEI is a classic example of Marxist doctrine aimed at dividing and conquering institutions like our uniformed services. The deleterious consequences of the application to date of this and related initiatives can be seen in the U.S. military’s diminished performance, flagging morale and inability to retain and recruit needed personnel. Senators should not support the promotion of such officers under any circumstances.
This slide deck offers specific examples of deeply problematic individuals who should be ineligible for senior uniformed leadership positions. More to the point, the pattern that emerges from a larger sample of those awaiting promotion makes clear that, like them, many officers are not simply “following orders” set by civilian political appointees committed to Critical Race Theory, the LGBTQ agenda, transsexual accommodations, the notion that climate change poses the greatest threat facing our nation, etc. Rather, they are enthusiastic proponents of fundamentally transforming the armed services to reflect these subversive priorities that not only have no bearing on military readiness and deterrence, but are actually extraordinarily harmful to performing what must be the Defense Department’s preeminent missions.
As our friend Daniel Greenfield wrote in an article for Front Page Magazine, we are not just talking about the few officers pictured above, we’re talking about hundreds of DEI nominees. Here’s the kind of nonsense these officers have been pushing:
In the weeks following George Floyd’s death in 2020, a U.S. Air Force officer—currently awaiting promotion to brigadier general—accused his fellow “white colonels” of being the “biggest barriers” to addressing “racial injustice” in the military and being “blind to institutional racism.”
Jonsson concludes with an endorsement of critical race theory promoter Robin DiAngelo’s controversial book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.”
“Dear white colonel, it is time to give a damn. Aim High,” Jonsson wrote.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden nominated Jonsson for a promotion. He’s currently one of more than 300 military officers awaiting U.S. Senate approval. Senate Democrats would like to rubber-stamp the promotions—including Jonsson’s—using an expedited Senate procedure known as unanimous consent, which bypasses consideration of each nominee individually.
This is High Noon for the military. And most people and politicians are sleeping through it, charged Mr. Greenfield – and we agree.
Finally, the letter to Senator McConnell points out it would be exceedingly ill-advised for the Senate to adopt a Democrat-inspired change to its rules in response to Sen. Tuberville’s efforts that would have the effect of reducing the rights of the minority to impede the majority’s ambition to preclude needed deliberation about groups of nominees, judges or legislative initiatives. We urge you to vote against any “standing order” that would have that effect.
The list of signers and their affiliations follows, you can join these patriots with just a few mouse clicks through this link.
The Honorable Kenneth Blackwell, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission
The Honorable Robert McEwen, Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio
The Honorable George K Rasley, Jr., Managing Editor, ConservativeHQ.com
Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin, U.S. Army (Retired); Vice President, Family Research Council;
former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense; former Commander, Delta Force
Lieutenant General Rod Bishop, USAF (Ret), Chairman of the Board, STARRS (Stand Together Against Racism and
Radicalism in the Services, Inc.)
Major General Joe Arbuckle, U.S. Army (Ret.), Vice Chair, STARRS
Rebecca Weber, CEO, AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens)
Lady Brigite Gabrielle, Founder, Act for America
Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots Action
Kris Ullman, President, Eagle Forum
Laura Sextro, CEO, Unity Project
Brian Kennedy, Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger: China
Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values
Mathew D. Staver, Esq., B.C.S., Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel
Colonel Ronald J. Scot, Jr., Ph.D., USAF (Ret), President and CEO, STARRS
Frank J. Gaffney, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acting)
Bob Carlstrom, President, AMAC Action
Robert Fischer, Conservatives of Faith
Jon Schweppe, American Principles Project
Lieutenant Colonel Mathew Lohmeier, former Space Force commander; author, "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's
Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military"
Will Thibeau, Army Veteran
Jonathan M. Alexandre, Esq, Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs, Liberty Counsel Action
Daniel Greenfield, Executive Vice President of Programs, David Horowitz Freedom Center
Cleta Mitchell, Esq., Senior Legal Fellow, Conservative Partnership Institute
Allen J Hebert, American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Dede Laugesen, Executive Director, Save the Persecuted Christians
Ron Armstrong, President, Stand Up Michigan
David T. Pyne, Deputy Director, National Operations, Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Editor of "The Real War" Newsletter
C. Eaton Hopkins, MorningStar Investment Group, LLC
Bill Walton, Host, "The Bill Walton Show"
Joan Holt Lindsey, President, Lindsey Communications
Mike Hill, former Member, Florida House of Representatives
Kay Daly, CPAC “Ronald Reagan Award” Recipient
Becky Gerritson, Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama
Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum Alabama; President Emeritus, Eagle Forum National
Barbara Leeden, Retired U.S. Senate staff
Gen Charles "CQ" Brown Jr
American Accountability Foundation (AAF)
Joe Biden staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Mark Milley
diversity focused hiring
Office of Air Force Inspector General complaint
Republican Senator Eric Schmitt
Senator Tommy Tuberville