When Tucker Carlson did his segment this summer on the military spending time and effort on trying to design flight suits for pregnant women, two things happened.
The first was that many Americans had their eyes opened to what the woke military really is for the first time. Whereas before the segment and the resulting woke furor from the military they thought the military was apolitical, if not to the right, after the segment and the fallout they realized that the military is actually quite far to the left.
The second was that the woke military, furious at having been exposed as something more akin to a social justice league than a real fighting force, lost its mind; public figures in the military devoted resources to attacking Tucker, many made fools of themselves on social media, and, most importantly, the wokeness continued unabated.
Since then, more has leaked out. The military is paying hundreds of millions, if not more than a billion dollars, for transgender surgeries. The Navy is forcing officers to read How to Be an Anti-Racist. Soldiers are trained more in diversity, equity, and inclusion topics than in warfighting.
Oh, and the woke military lost, in disastrous fashion, to the barbaric terrorists in Afghanistan. After 20 years and trillions of dollars, the Taliban, which the woke military outspent by 100,000 to 1, won.
The result of all those revelations? Americans have lost faith in the woke military; what used to be a more or less sacred institution that all Americans honored and believed in is now something that many Americans make fun of and view with derision.
That lack of faith is shown in polls. As the Tampa Free Press reports, noting the shocking results of two relatively recent polls:
While the faith our nation puts in things like Congress, big business, organized religion, or the public schools ebbs and flows, confidence in the U.S. military, perhaps not surprisingly, has consistently remained high.
When Gallup asked earlier this year, 69 percent of respondents said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in our troops. By comparison, newspapers scored 21 percent; public schools, 32 percent; big business, 18 percent; and Congress, 12 percent.
Interestingly, that 69 percent rating was the lowest for the Pentagon since 2007 – when it was also 69 during the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan – and only the second time it’s been below 70 percent in the last 20 years.
Only 45 percent of respondents exhibited a “great deal of trust” in the military – the first time that number has fallen below half and was down 25 percentage points to the lowest mark since the Reagan Institute began asking in 2018.
Further, the Ronald Reagan poll mentioned found that:
“Trust and confidence in the military is down across the major demographic subgroups, including age, gender, and party identification. Perhaps most troubling for recruitment in the all-volunteer force is that only a third (33%) of adults younger than 30 have high confidence in the military, which is down 20 points since 2018. Confidence is lower among young Americans than any other demographic subgroup, including ideological, religious, ethnic, economic, or geographic region.”
Yet worse, the number of Americans who reported that they have “little or no” faith in the military ticked up to a massive 15%.