Dear Santorum: Go serve before you talk about our women in uniform

https://i2.wp.com/www.defense.gov/dodcmsshare/newsstoryPhoto/2008-03/scr_080310-A-2013C-009.jpg

(Pictured: SGT Monica Brown, awarded the Silver Star for valor, an extraordinary example of women who have served in combat)

Former Senator of Pennsylvania and current contender for the Republican Nomination, Rick Santorum, recently gave his opinion on women serving in combat roles in the military, stating female warriors are “too emotional” for the rigors of combat.

When asked by CNN’s John King if women should be permitted to serve in combat, Santorum stated, “I think that could be a very compromising situation where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types [re: women] of emotions that are involved.

He then appeared to backtrack his comments, later:

“I was talking about men’s emotional issues; not women. I mean, there’s a lot of issues. That’s just one of them. So my concern is being in combat in that situation instead of being focused on the mission, they may be more concerned with protecting someone who may be in a vulnerable position, a woman in a vulnerable position. You throw on top of that just simply physical strength and capability and you may be out there on a mission where it’s you and a woman and if you’re injured, the ability to transport that person back. And you know, there’s just, there are physical limitations.”

And of course, this isn’t the first time Santorum had made his views known on equality in the workplace, let alone the sphere of military operations.

In his book, It Takes a Family, Santorum writes, “Radical feminists have been making the pitch that justice demands that men and women be given an equal opportunity to make it to the top in the workplace.”

Yes, what a radical notion, indeed, that women should be treated equally alongside men.

For the record, we have two facts to establish here:

1. Rick Santorum has never served a day in his life in the military.

2. Both the public and military experts (p. 13, 2nd paragraph) agree that women should be permitted to serve in combat roles.

Coincidentally, the same year Rick Santorum started his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, the first class of women cadets were starting their own military careers at the United States Military Academy at West Point, going through hell and back to prove their self-worth against a mysogynistic system that believed women are inferior to men in the military arts.

To date, 280,000 women have deployed in support of the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, 144 of them paying the ultimate sacrifice for their country and 865 being wounded.

They have served with valor, bravery, and competence against an enemy force that, while discriminating against their own women by keeping them from seeking equal rights in education and government roles, do not discriminate between men and women when pulling the trigger or detonating an IED.

So Rick, leave it to the professionals, the women who have been fighting on battlefields (legally or not) since the inception of this country, fighting while you attended law school, fighting while you ran for Congress and the Senate, and fighting to this day while you still, on the basis of absolutely no experience, feel free to comment on their abilities.

Back off.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlesmclymer

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Dear Santorum: Go serve before you talk about our women in uniform

  1. I like chocolate says:

    I think Santorum is absolutely wrong… whether female or male member, anyone would risk their lives to protect. I mean war is not static, we don’t just mindlessly kill each other… war is driven by strong emotions and strong bonds.

  2. Andy Richardson says:

    For the record; I’m ok with women in combat, as long as they are required to meet the same standards that men are. (I did put on a uniform as a Marine, for what it is worth.)

    I did notice that the author failed to mention that our current commmander-in-chief never put on a uniform either. Does this immediately disqualify him from serving in that capacity? According to the title of this article, President Obama should not be allowed to express his opinions on the military either.

    You can agree or disagree with Rick Santorum, but he is still allowed to have an opinion, whether he served in the military or not.

    It is fine if the author does not care for Rick Santorum, but according to your logic, most of us should not discuss the NFL unless we’ve actually played professional football, or should never be allowed to discuss medicine if we’d not actually attended medical school.

    • Mirna McGahen says:

      I also served in the military and I am a woman. There were no exceptions for women, everything was the same for both genders. The training and everything else was the same, weight, distance, etc.. So I’m not sure what you mean “meet the same standards”? We are not allowed to serve as infantry and other MOS’ due to our gender, this is not by choice.

      • Andy Richardson says:

        Mirna, by “meet the same standards” I mean whatever the military deems necessary to perform one’s duties in a combat situation. If a man cannot run x miles in y time, he should not be deemed fit for combat either. My point was simply that if a woman can perform physical tasks (carrying a heavy pack, doing x number of pull-ups, etc…) as required, I have no issues with women in combat.

  3. Rebeckah says:

    Well said, Sgt. Brown. I liken it to a bunch of men protecting their Viagra supply while attempting to deny women the option to reproduce when it is convenient or safe for them. I’ve known several women in the military and they were all competent and valued by their fellow soldiers.

    Andy, I believe women who don’t meet the same standards as men are removed from the military. The comment is so pointless as to be insulting.

    Finally, Andy, yes Santorum has a right to state his opinion. And when he does state an opinion that has nothing factual to back it up he has a right to receive the mocking and disgust of those who know better. Kind of like I get when I make a comment about the NFL when all I know about it is that it involves a weird shaped ball.

    • troy says:

      I feel the sane way Andy does. I have served in combat and feel that when women are held to the same standard as men then they should be able to serve in combat roles.

    • Mirna McGahen says:

      I absolutely agree with you Rebeckah, and this goes for both genders; male and female. If they don’t meet the standards set by the military, then they’re gone. They get chaptered out, easy as that.

  4. PJ Haney says:

    Your comments for his interview are not dated so I would like to know when these statements were made. In his book, “It Takes a Family”, written in 2005, his views were those of many in this country. Even though we have had women in the military for many years, this country has been slow to embrace new ideas about who will protect us. Even so short a time as seven years ago, many people still had a hard time accepting sending our daughters, mothers, wives off to war to possibly return home in a body bag. Some still feel that way, but I do believe peoples feelings change with the times.

    I have both a son and a daughter in the US Navy and have gotten to know many different people from all areas, economic situations, sexual orientations, race, gay, straight etc. They all share a common goal in having made the choice to serve this great country and fight for our freedoms.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Richardson that the title of your article is all wrong.

    I’m sure there are some things we have all said in the past where we may have become a little more educated and changed our tune.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: