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Jul 26 2012

Boykin: Military the ‘Last Bastion of Morality’

Unhinged nutball and retired general Jerry Boykin is now the executive vice president of the Family Research Council and he joined his new boss, uber-bigot Tony Perkins, on the radio to declare that Obama is actively trying to undermine the U.S. military because it’s the “last bastion of morality and ethics” in the country.

Boykin: The administration has been on a campaign, I think, to penetrate this last bastion of morality and ethics, and that being the institution of the military, with its social experiments. So I’m very concerned and obviously as you and I have talked, one of my main focuses here will be trying to protect and defend and work with our military to try and maintain the values that our military has always had. I think it’s a warning to America that if we allow the penetration of our military to continue, not only will our national security suffer but our culture as a whole will be in great jeopardy…

Perkins: The history that we, you and I, have developed really goes back to when the administration wanted to overturn the policy that prohibited open homosexuality in the military and we pulled together a number of retired generals and there was some active duty individuals in there as well that were part of just advising and consulting. But that is so significant in terms of something that’s inconsistent with military service, readiness; the seeds have now been planted, while some are saying ‘it’s been almost a year and the military hasn’t imploded,’ that’s unrealistic, the effects of this are a number of years down the road, we’re already, however, seeing the erosion of religious liberty and religious freedom. Those are issues that folks who serve can’t speak to so they need a voice on the outside.

Boykin: Well, that’s right. People need to understand that when you are a member of the military service you do lose certain First Amendment rights and I don’t disagree with that, I lived with it for thirty six and a half years, but somebody has to speak for them. Tony, I think it’s important for us to remember, I don’t care and I know you don’t what people do behind closed doors in the privacy of their own bedroom, but as an institution the military is based on brotherhood, it’s based on camaraderie, it’s based on the strength and the character of the individual organizations that make up our military. No one has demonstrated that this in anyway is going to enhance the camaraderie, the fellowship, the brotherhood, nor is it going to enhance the war fighting capabilities. At the end of the day, the military’s only mission is going to fight and win the nation’s wars, and no one can show that this is going to help us.

And when all those predictions turn out to be bullshit — and they will, as they always have — do you suppose Boykin and Perkins will admit they were wrong? Nope. They’ll be too busy spreading paranoid bullshit about the next bit of nonsense they’re trying to sell to their ignorant followers.

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  1. 1
    slc1

    Gee, the deterioration in the militaries of Canada, Great Britain, and Israel is breathtaking. Not.

  2. 2
    Strewth

    Bastion of morality – with an endemic problem of rape. Just another day of mangling language and truth in right wing town.

  3. 3
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Do they still grieve the loss of camaraderie when Truman forced the good ol’ boys to put up with the presence of colored folk in their midst?

  4. 4
    Sastra

    Boykin should be careful of emphasizing the importance of “enhancing the camaraderie, the fellowship, (and) the brotherhood” of the United States military while simultaneously seeking to throw a bunch of soldiers out of their units. You know, that could go against you, too.

  5. 5
    Randomfactor

    Well, gee, you certainly wouldn’t look to a CHURCH for morality these days.

  6. 6
    konrad_arflane

    Boykin:

    I think it’s a warning to America that if we allow the penetration of our military to continue,(…)

    As usual, the jokes practically write themselves.

  7. 7
    d cwilson

    Do they still grieve the loss of camaraderie when Truman forced the good ol’ boys to put up with the presence of colored folk in their midst?

    Considering their arguments today are virtually identical to the ones made back then about how it would “destroy morale”, I’d say yes.

  8. 8
    some bastard on the internet

    …we’re already, however, seeing the erosion of religious liberty priority and religious freedom dominance.

    FTFY.

  9. 9
    steve84

    So when are straight soldiers going to be forbidden from talking about the families and even sex lives (not that has anything to do with being gay)? Apparently talking about their privates lives doesn’t enhance morale in any way

  10. 10
    dobby

    Arlo Guthrie:

    I went over to the sargent, said, “Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to
    ask me if I’ve rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I’m
    sittin’ here on the bench, I mean I’m sittin here on the Group W bench
    ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women,
    kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.” He looked at me and
    said, “Kid, we don’t like your kind, and we’re gonna send you fingerprints
    off to Washington.”

  11. 11
    Larry

    and no one can show that this is going to help us

    Nor can you show that it will harm us.

  12. 12
    busterggi

    Because what is more moral than devoting one’s life to killing people?

  13. 13
    Pierce R. Butler

    Boykin somehow missed seeing The Invisible War.

    Or he has seen it, and doesn’t think institutionalized rape is a moral problem.

  14. 14
    Homo Straminus

    So this gets me to wondering what could be “the last bastion of morality and ethics”.

    Off the top of my head, I’d say it’s Doctors Without Borders. Or maybe your local volunteer organization. Or possibly Ken at Popehat.

    Other suggestions?

  15. 15
    D. C. Sessions

    Boykin somehow missed seeing The Invisible War.

    He thought it was a recruiting film.

  16. 16
    democommie

    It’s odd that GenrulJerry had little to say until he’d gone up the ranks as far as he was ever going to get. He’s the kind of militarist for whom the term, “lifer fly*”, was coined.

    * Lifer fly, a career military man who eats shit and bothers people.

  17. 17
    Crudely Wrott

    Tony Perkins:

    But that is so significant in terms of something that’s inconsistent with military service, readiness; the seeds have now been planted, while some are saying ‘it’s been almost a year and the military hasn’t imploded,’ that’s unrealistic, the effects of this are a number of years down the road, we’re already, however, seeing the erosion of religious liberty and religious freedom.

    “A number of years down the road”? Really. Sort of like the return of your chief prophet and blood sacrifice, eh, Tony? Just down the road a piece; just around the next bend.

    Well, maybe someday, eh, Tony? Whaddaya say Jerry? Any day now? You wanna keep me posted on that? (something tells me you will.)

    One of my biggest disappointments upon reaching adulthood was how many adults can’t or won’t think and make no attempt to disguise the fact. Who even advertise the fact. Most people view that as the greater threat.

  18. 18
    dingojack

    Boykin’s ‘Last Bastion of Morality‘ in action.
    Dingo

  19. 19
    thisisaturingtest

    …the seeds have now been planted, while some are saying ‘it’s been almost a year and the military hasn’t imploded,’ that’s unrealistic, the effects of this are a number of years down the road, we’re already, however, seeing the erosion of religious liberty and religious freedom.

    This is just more of that circular and self-serving “prophecy” these guys are so good at, where they see what they fear in both the signs and the fulfillment:
    “Gay equality in the military will lead to erosion of religious liberty and religious freedom!”
    “Well, General, what exactly would constitute ‘erosion of religious liberty and religious freedom’?”
    “Gay equality!”

  20. 20
    kermit.

    Crudly Wrott: “A number of years down the road”? Really. Sort of like the return of your chief prophet and blood sacrifice, eh, Tony? Just down the road a piece; just around the next bend.

    Well, maybe someday, eh, Tony? Whaddaya say Jerry? Any day now? You wanna keep me posted on that? (something tells me you will.)

    When we have a disaster that can be tied to the military in any way – mutiny, lost war, a new rash of suicides – even if it is 50 years from now, Jerry or his successors will blame it on the ghey.

  21. 21
    twincats

    Bwahahahaha!!!1!one! The Last Bastion of what now?

    I spent 8 years in the USAF and I can tell you from personal experience that the dorms on any given base are the last bastion of debauchery (this was a feature, not a bug for me*) just like any other bastion of young people in their prime gathered in large numbers like frat houses, college dorms and the Olympics, apparently.

    Not that it’s surprising that a fundie general is able to believe in this morality; very few officers come from the rank and file and even the ones who do seem to forget what it’s like after they get a commission. The NCOs are well aware of the truth and tolerate quite a bit of debauchery.

    *This was a fair few years ago; before Tailhook and the scandals that followed. The escalating rape culture hadn’t taken hold yet, that I could see.

  22. 22
    ebohlman

    Do they still grieve the loss of camaraderie when Truman forced the good ol’ boys to put up with the presence of colored folk in their midst?

    Given how careful they are to always use the phrase “social experiment”, which was first used to describe the racial integration of the US military, I rather think so.

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