Saturday, July 23, 2016

While Donald Trump launches his sexist attacks against Women, his VP running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, would rather attack a Disney animated character, Women in the Military and Plan Parenthood. Is this the best the GOP can do?! And then there’s Hillary Clinton….. God Save Us!!




AMERICA'S 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


While Donald Trump’s popularity ratings reached an all-time high at this week’s RNC, he didn’t pass up the chance to spew more Hate from the RNC's center stage.  Meanwhile, his VP running mate, Mike Pence, should have been called to the carpet to express his views on women serving in the military, given the rise in the Military’s Rape and Sexual Assault epidemic… Some may say the Pentagon’s “Integration Experiment” was just as he predicted.  So what’s the Solution?! 

BuzzFeed.com recently reported, “When Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence was a talk radio show host in Indiana, he wrote an op-ed declaring the film Mulan was an attempt by some “mischievous liberal” at Disney to influence the debate over women in the military.

The 1999 op-ed ran on a website for Pence’s radio program that was uncovered by BuzzFeed News.

“Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts,” wrote Pence. “Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military.”

“I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right,” Pence continued. “(Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)”

Disney’s film is based on the 6th century Ballad of Mulan.

Pence argues Mulan’s romance with a superior officer proved women cannot serve in the military.

“It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story,” writes Pence. “They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.”

Here’s the full text and a picture of the column on the site:

Just spent a memorable Fathers Day, like so many other all American Hoosier dads, with my kids at the new Disney film entitled, “Mulan”.

For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonald’s induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military. I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)

The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original “Tailhook” scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this man’s Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/mister-ill-make-a-man-out-of-you?utm_term=.dwoba5qly#.ikA6wpzXj

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence






For those not familiar with the movie, which is one of my favorite Disney movies, here’s a brief summary: 

Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot – though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve.  She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits.  Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.





As a former African American female Naval Officer who rose from the enlisted ranks as a Deck Seaman to achieve the rank of Lt. Commander Supply Corps Officer, while serving in the most racist organization across all branches of our Armed Forces, I'm living proof that women can be successful while rising through the ranks of our misogynistic military. For those of us that survived to tell of our experiences, our battle scars speak for themselves and several Veterans have written memoirs or worked with movie producers to tell our stories. In my memoir,"Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice," I outline nearly every detail of my trials, tribulations and triumphs. 



Despite Pence's attacks against a fictional character, in my view, there are not enough inspirational movies like Mulan, created to inspire our young girls to be determined leaders, strong willed and “fight” if necessary, to protect our equal rights as well as defend our country, which is exactly why I decided to join the Navy after graduating high school.  My late father and Uncle were military Veterans, as well as a close cousin. For many young girls, like Mulan, we have the right to carry out a family tradition.  Isn't that what Trump instills in his children?!   




Shame on the state of Indiana for electing Pence as governor and he is clearly a "Bad Idea" for Donald Trump’s VP pick.



On March 30, 1980, two months after he took office,
President Reagan was shot by John W. Hinckley Jr. in an assassination attempt. 

Yet senior members of the GOP have made it perfectly clear how they feel about Donald Trump serving as President and I pray we don’t have another “Regan incident" should he prove to be a larger threat and disappointment if elected.  In the interim, I’m certain Pence is well prepared to carry out the Grand Old Party’s misogynistic agenda from the White House.




Had I known I was joining the military as a part of a “government experiment” I would have pursued a career in Law or journalism instead of wasting 20 years of my early adult life being a part of a Pentagon test study.  I did not sign up for that and I’m sure the thousands of men and women who endured Civil and Human Rights violations as a result of the Pentagon’s “FAILED” experiment (according to Pence) did not agree to be subjected to “Rape, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Discrimination, Retaliation, and in the case of PFC Lavena Johnson, Murder!!  




While our politicians sit back and watch the Pentagon work out the kinks of the military's integration experiments, I pray President Obama issues a Human Rights Protection Bill before the next phase of their test study begins... Yet it appears to be well on its way, telling by the recent lift on the military's Gay ban and support of transgender equal rights, over improving Women's equality in the Armed Forces.   Are we missing something here with Grand Old Party’s agenda?!!  It appears that some things never change...  While the GOP pursue their desires to “Make America Great Again.”  

Touché   



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Syneeda you went abit overboard to prove your point but I'm glad you did. Veterans are under represented in Congress and President Obama is clueless on how to properly deal with the surmounting claims of rape and sexual assault. Gov. Pence was correct in his statement, when you put men and women together in confined quarters, be prepared for the aftermath. Yet senior officers take advantage of the opportunity to fraternize with their young subordinates, bringing a disgrace upon themselves as well as the uniform they wear. I will share your blog post with my colleagues and I hope this will shed more light on our civil rights issues (as you put it) within the Armed Forces.