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The GOP now going after the military for being too woke.


Pentagon punches back against GOP culture wars
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/5601 ... lture-wars
Republicans across the country have turned critical race theory into a rallying cry, applying the label to all manner of racial and diversity teachings. Several state legislatures have passed laws purporting to ban it from being taught in K-12 schools even though there is little to no evidence it is part of any grade school curriculum.

Critical race theory dates back to the 1970s and, in broad terms, focuses on the intersection of race and law and how U.S. laws and institutions were built to maintain advantages for white Americans.

The GOP campaign against critical race theory recently extended to the military, from sending letters to pressing witnesses on claims that troops are being indoctrinated.


Later in the hearing, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley if he wanted to comment on the issue. Milley did not hold back.

“I want to understand white rage, and I'm white,” Milley said.

“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that?” Milley continued, referencing the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of former President Trump.

“I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin," he added. "That doesn't make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?"

Milley also said he found it “personally offensive” that the military is being labeled “woke” for studying a range of perspectives.

After the hearing, conservatives lashed out at Milley.

“With Generals like this it’s no wonder we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won,” Gaetz tweeted.

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Nodack wrote:
Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:05 pm
The GOP now going after the military for being too woke.


Pentagon punches back against GOP culture wars
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/5601 ... lture-wars
Republicans across the country have turned critical race theory into a rallying cry, applying the label to all manner of racial and diversity teachings. Several state legislatures have passed laws purporting to ban it from being taught in K-12 schools even though there is little to no evidence it is part of any grade school curriculum.

Critical race theory dates back to the 1970s and, in broad terms, focuses on the intersection of race and law and how U.S. laws and institutions were built to maintain advantages for white Americans.

The GOP campaign against critical race theory recently extended to the military, from sending letters to pressing witnesses on claims that troops are being indoctrinated.


Later in the hearing, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley if he wanted to comment on the issue. Milley did not hold back.

“I want to understand white rage, and I'm white,” Milley said.

“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that?” Milley continued, referencing the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of former President Trump.

“I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin," he added. "That doesn't make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?"

Milley also said he found it “personally offensive” that the military is being labeled “woke” for studying a range of perspectives.

After the hearing, conservatives lashed out at Milley.

“With Generals like this it’s no wonder we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won,” Gaetz tweeted.
Interesting use of the first-person plural pronoun there, Matty.

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So is Gaetz going to be arrested and indicted for the underage sex crimes stuff or what?

As for infrastructure, the GOP strategy is to run the clock out and obstruct. Right now they're playing the Dems for saps, pretending to want to agree to a bipartisan deal so they can eat up all the time in the legislative session. Then at the last minute they all make up some flimsy pretext to vote no (which they were always going to do all along), and the Dems get nothing done. Then try to retake the House in 2022, then overturn 2024 election result, then authoritarianism.

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I did watch Racheal Maddow the other day. She said the Dems and Republicans had an agreement on a small infrastructure package. The Dems also want to do a much larger infrastructure package separate from that package on their own using that reconciliation thing that Republicans want no part of. She said the two packages must go together and Republicans refuse. I admit I am not sure what they are talking about. I get the reconciliation thing where they can ignore Republicans and pass two things without their approval. What I don’t get is why the two must go together somehow.

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Nodack wrote:
Sat Jun 26, 2021 6:14 pm
I did watch Racheal Maddow the other day. She said the Dems and Republicans had an agreement on a small infrastructure package. The Dems also want to do a much larger infrastructure package separate from that package on their own using that reconciliation thing that Republicans want no part of. She said the two packages must go together and Republicans refuse. I admit I am not sure what they are talking about. I get the reconciliation thing where they can ignore Republicans and pass two things without their approval. What I don’t get is why the two must go together somehow.
they don't *have* to. Biden said he wouldn't sign one without the other, but walked back that statement a little later.

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Why was it so important that they wanted to so bad?

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Because the "smaller" package is just for roads/bridges/hard infrastructure and it isn't paid for by the wealthy and doesn't roll back any of the trillions in tax cuts that Trump gave millionaires and billionaires. It actually taxes you and I more by raising the taxes on gas to cover the costs. And it isn't even enough to make a dent in the awful infrastructure across this country--and most of it was already on the books to be spent.

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I get why we need them both. I get that the first one is paid through a gas tax and endorsed by Republicans and the second one rolls back Trump tax breaks for the wealthy etc that isn’t endorsed by Republicans.

I don’t get why they have to be passed together. I know they have been saving the reconciliation thing that allows the Dems to do two big pieces of legislation without any Republicans voting for it and that’s the one Dems want to put everything they want into.

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Because the first one doesn’t do any of the things Dems ran on, and won't change anything in this country.

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