Sexist Anti-Equality GOP Rep. Humiliated After “Gotcha Amendment” Actually Passes (Video)

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:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    What this is about is a 32-30 vote by the House Armed Services Committee to make women register for the draft. The Washington Post said that five Republicans joined with Democrats to pass this. There was no mention of any Democrats opposed to drafting women. That presumably means that Republicans voted 30-5 against registering women for the draft and Democrats voted 27-0 to register women for the draft. Parents of girls will be interested that Democrats think their daughters are their property to use as they wish.

    Note to voting parents of daughters from the Democratic Party, “All your daughters are belong to us.”

    • mike46

      Kind of like all your sons belong to us. Even the ones that Bush sent to be slaughtered in a less than useless war.

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      • strayaway

        Nixon ended conscription. No Americans died because they were drafted in Iraq. Beyond that, what’s your logic? That its ok to waste young women’s lives because Bush (and Obama, Hillary and Kerry) wasted young men’s lives? This is an article, remember, about Duncan Hunter trying to be clever and head off President Obama only to underestimate other Democrats’ willingness to expand involuntary servitude.

      • mike46

        Did you miss the part where that was a Republican led committee? You can’t get there without Republicans saying yes.

      • strayaway

        Did you miss the math part where it seems that Republicans voted 30-5 against dragging off women but Democrats voted 27- 0 to do so? I was not surprised. Let’s go into the history of the modern draft. Democrats have always felt the right to force men into involuntary servitude. This is just an expansion to control women’s bodies too. Wilson(D) enacted conscription and the Espionage Act which made it illegal to even criticize the draft. Harding(R) and Coolidge(R) were elected in part to end Wilson’s authoritarian excesses and conscription was ended. FDR(D) reinstituted conscription. Nixon(R) ended conscription and significantly raised military pay. Carter(D) reinstituted the draft registration, cut off grain sales to the USSR, and boycotted the Olympics because the USSR had sent troops into Afghanistan. We are still stuck with Carter’s registration for men which 27 Democrats and just 5 Republicans voted to extend to women.

      • mike46

        Hmmm! It seems as if you also missed the part where this bill was introduced by Duncan Hunter. A Republican.

      • strayaway

        I already responded to that. You must have missed the part where Hunter voted against his own motion. At least he outed Democrats for their willingness to away the rights of women over their own bodies. 14% of Republicans on this Committee and 100% of Democrats on this Committee supported involuntary servitude (a 13th Amendment term) extended to women. Shame on those five Republicans too. I realize a lot of Democrats have trouble comprehending proportional numbers but 100% is a way bigger number than 14%.

      • noah vail

        “At least he outed Democrats for their willingness to away the rights of women over their own bodies.” …and this would be unlike the republicans how ? THINK PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ROE V. WADE… the abortion issue, which is a favorite of republicans, does nothing but tell women that they shouldn’t have control over their own bodies…keep talking, HYPOCRITE

      • strayaway

        I am not a hypocrite. Being somewhat libertarian, I support the right of women to kill their pre-born babies or whatever they want to call them. Hypocrites include people who think that supporting the Democrat’s sacrament allow them to drag women (or men) off to do whatever the state tells them to do. That’s you!

      • mike46

        Yes he did. His stupidity is unbound. He tried to poke someone in the eye with a sharp stick and ended up with it sticking in his forehead.
        Call the draft what you want, the fact is that ALL Americans should have to serve. Especially in a time of war. Maybe if their daughters have to serve Republicans won’t be so quick to start wars.

      • strayaway

        Duncan Hunter underestimated the willingness of Democrats to promote authoritarian measures. Tell us why “all Americans should have to serve”. That sounds like something a dictator would say. The Constitution says otherwise: “Neither slavery nor INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” I don’t see but one exception and it isn’t because you or anyone else with dictatorial tendencies wishes conscription. Do you want to support slavery too? Lyndon Johnson (D) was the last President to wage a significant war with a draft. We lost 60,000 not including suicides in that folly. Nixon (R) ended that war and draft and significantly increased pay for lower ranking service members.

      • mike46

        So I guess the 6000 or so dead men and women of the US Military that Bush paid a good wage to die for his ego were nothing more than cannon fodder.

        Apparently he also underestimated his GOP buddies also. This would not have passed without them.
        I’d try to go further in this conversation but I just don’t like trying to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

      • strayaway

        Bush was more responsible than anyone I could think of but at least 6,000 if a smaller number than 60,000. But why give Bush all the discredit when the Senate, including Senators Clinton and Kerry voted to allow Bush to do this and followed up by always supporting his war effort? However, this is not a thread about Bush or Hillary. This is about Duncan Hunter putting the possible conscription of women up for a vote only to have every (27) Democrat and five Republicans vote in favor of controlling women’s bodies.

      • strayaway

        “As of May 29, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,425 total deaths” (not the 6,000 you claimed). ” There were “58,307 (US) KIA or non-combat deaths (including the missing & deaths in captivity)” in Vietnam. Both quotes are from wikipedia. Again, liberals have a difficult time with mathematical proportions. The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a classic example of how conscripts are utilized if there is an unlimited source of draftees to replace them. Unlike others on this tread, I want to eliminate draft registration instead of doubling the number of young people in jeopardy.

      • strayaway


    • noah vail

      “All your daughters are belong to us.” so do your sons….it also gives more equality to women so they can serve their country as well as their brothers…

      • strayaway

        Extending involuntary servitude to women is sort of like extending slavery to non blacks. While that might your solution, mine is to end the draft registration for men. Then neither men nor women would be subject to involuntary servitude. Women are presently free to volunteer.

      • 4wonderland

        We have not had an involuntary military in this country since Vietnam. What are you talking about? We have had volunteer military system in the US for 40 years and that is Not changing anytime soon.
        If you want to discuss something I suggest you get the facts first. Join the 21st century.

      • strayaway

        Please read the above article. We have had a draft registration for men since 1973. All Democrats and five Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee voted to extend draft registration to include women. The draft registration makes it easier to activate a draft to fight unpopular wars. Recently a Marine and Army general were trotted out to advocate a return to conscription, a trial ballon perhaps, and now this effort to get the ball rolling to include women.