On Sunday, restoring sanity after the frenzied attempts by Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie to pander to political correctness and the feminist movement, Ted Cruz correctly dismissed the trio’s support for women serving in combat in the military, bluntly stating, “Are you guys nuts?”
The three candidates had answered moderator Martha Raddatz’s question at the Saturday GOP debate as to whether young women should be required to sign up for Selective Service in case of a national emergency.
Rubio was first. He replied, “I have no problem whatsoever with people of either gender serving in combat so long as the minimum requirements necessary to do the job are not compromised. But, I support that, and obviously now that that is the case I do believe that Selective Service should be opened up for both men and women in case a Draft is ever instituted.
Bush followed: “I do think that we should not impose any kind of political agenda on the military. There should be -- if women can meet the requirements, the minimum requirements for combat service they ought to have the right to do it. For sure.”
Christie interrupted so he could join the genuflecting before PC, answering:
Can I be really clear on this, because I am the father of two daughters. One of them is here tonight. What my wife and I have taught our daughters right from the beginning, that their sense of self-worth, their sense of value, their sense of what they want to do with their life comes not from the outside, but comes from within. And if a young woman in this country wants to go and fight to defend their country, she should be permitted to do so.
On Sunday, speaking in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Cruz ripped the trio for their position, asserting:
It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military. I didn’t get an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, ‘Are you guys nuts?’ Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous, and the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in combat, I think is wrong. It is immoral. And if I am president, we ain’t doing it.
I’m the father of two little girls. love those girls with all my heart. They are capable of doing anything in their heart’s desire. But the idea that their government would forcibly put them in a foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them doesn’t make any sense at all. And it’s yet one more sign of this politically correct world where we forget common sense. We’ve got to get back to common sense. We’ve got to get back to a president who says, ‘No, that doesn’t make any sense.’ ”
"Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous ..."
As June Eden, a female Marine Iraq war vet, noted in dismissing the idea of women in combat:
All the branches still have different standards for females and males. Why? Because most women wouldn’t even qualify to be in the military if they didn’t have separate standards … Military training is hard enough on men’s bodies; it’s harder on women’s. And until women stop menstruating, there will always be an uphill battle for staying level and strong at all times. No one wants to talk about the fact that in the days before a woman’s cycle, she loses half her strength, to say nothing of the emotional ups and downs that affect judgment.
The media loves to portray Cruz as an extremist. They’re right in one sense: he’s an extremist in speaking common sense.