While politics plays a very important aspect in all of our lives, the act of governing can be, at times, incredibly juvenile and childish. If you ever want to see how ridiculous it can all be, go on YouTube and watch a few things get debated in Congress. Some of the things that get said and done during these “debates” (especially in the House) will make you embarrassed that these people are elected representatives of our federal government.
Well, at times this sort of foolishness can backfire on someone who’s trying to use our legislative process for their own personal amusement.
Such as when Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) offered an amendment concerning the right for women to be drafted into the military – that actually ended up passing.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, Rep. Hunter is a blatant sexist who really didn’t want the amendment to pass.
“I regretfully introduce this amendment,” Hunter said. “My daughters talk about serving. My son talks about serving, but I don’t want to put my daughters in a place where they have to get drafted.”
But his ignorance doesn’t stop there, as Talking Points Memo noted, Hunter views women in combat roles in the military as a greater threat than ISIS:
Hunter is deeply opposed to women in combat. Earlier this year he said the efforts of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to open up Marine combat positions for women made him “a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” Hunter seemed to want to use his amendment on drafting women to force the issue, hoping other lawmakers would finally see the light.
His fellow lawmakers were not amused by his pathetic attempt at a “gotcha” moment.
“While you may be offering this as a gotcha amendment,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said, “I would suggest that there is great merit in recognizing that each of us have an obligation to be willing to serve our country in time of war.”
I’m not really sure why this is even considered a “debate” in today’s society. If you ask me, this seems like a no-brainer. It’s 2016, the role of women in the military has drastically changed over the years. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be eligible for the draft. Besides, not everyone who’s been drafted in past wars goes into combat roles like the infantry. I’m not sure what argument – other than the very sexist “because women shouldn’t be treated equally” – one could make to rationally argue against allowing women to be drafted.
Then again, what should we expect from some buffoon who thinks women in combat are just as big a threat to our military as ISIS? That’s next-level stupidity that I can’t even mentally wrap my mind around.
While there’s still a long way to go as it relates to women truly being treated equally in the military (or society in general), I am glad to see this sexist fool’s sad attempt at a “gotcha” moment actually backfire on him.
Watch the exchange below via CSPAN:
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