What could Trump’s administration undo?
Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has worked hard to pander to his radical LGBT supporters. In 2010, for example, a lame duck Democratic Congress overturned the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. And in the past year, without congressional approval, Obama has mandated that women can serve in front-line combat units and that “transgender” individuals can also join the military and even have their sex-change operations paid for by the taxpayers.
But Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.), senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the new administration can reverse this radical course.
“You have to make it at the Defense Secretary level and let it permeate down,” he explains. “We can turn off a lot of this silliness with regards to women in direct ground combat; all we have to do is turn to the Marine Corps commandant and say no; turn to the Army and say no. Now this transgender thing is silly, and it wasn’t a law, so you just revoke that.”
But the national defense analyst recognizes that reinstating the ban on homosexuals serving in the military will be more difficult.
“Congress rescinded a law — 10 USC 654 I think it was. As a result,” Maginnis details, “that would probably require congressional action, and I doubt that it would be very high on the Capitol Hill agenda. So we’ll have to wait and see on that one.”
The Pentagon advisor also finds it essential for the Trump administration to put a stop to the persecution of Christians in the military that has been prevalent during the past eight years.
“They have to chill any of this anti-Christian stuff that’s been permeating this building [the Pentagon] thanks to the Obama administration,” he urges. “The word has to go out that we’re going to be open to people of all faiths – and then point out that this building and this administration will not persecute people as they have in the prior administration because they happen to be Christians [who are] open about their faith.”
He offers as one example the intolerance of anti-Christian individuals like Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation – efforts Maginnis says can no longer be tolerated.
“[Weinstein] can go to the courts and he can beg and he can petition all he wants, but we have to be very firm here that we’re not going to tolerate his intolerance, especially against Christians who are expressing their faith,” states the FRC fellow. “Now there are laws and we can’t force our faith on anyone, but he’s gone overboard – and that stuff has to stop.”
Maginnis says the Trump team must set the tone on day one of the new administration.