At a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday, January 11th, 2024 Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) spoke about the adverse effects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the U.S. military.
Rep. Higgins lambasted against imposing DEI in our military stating, “We don’t care about anything other than the the the deadly effectiveness of our Army. It requires discrimination because developing deadly skills in a force of men requires us to recognize distinction, to discriminate between those who can become lethal weapons and those who cannot. Nobody cares about your color of your skin your cultural background your ethnicity or who your mama or your daddy are. Because your ass now belong to the Army and we’re going to make a soldier out of you or we’re going to remove you from this unit and you go do something else no problem the world needs insurance salesman and everybody else. But if you want to be a soldier we’re going to carve you into what it is to be a soldier.”
Thank you Mr. Higgins thank you Mr. Chairman
I thank our panelist for being here today.
I joined the army in 1988 began boot camp in 1989 as private, one station unit training, wanted to be an MP. That ended up working out for me.
But one of the one of the initial lessons that you learn very quickly when you step off of that bus and you have to face these guys that are carved from Granite and wrapped in leather tapping that brown round against your forehead is you are no longer you you now belong to the United States Army.
To discuss diversity as if it was ever some sort of an effective mechanism by which a deadly force could be established to fight and win wars across the world to liberate the oppressed for Generations is insane.
We don’t care about anything other than the the the deadly effectiveness of our Army.
It requires discrimination because developing deadly skills in a force of men requires us to recognize distinction, to discriminate between those who can become lethal weapons and those who cannot.
Nobody cares about your color of your skin your cultural background your ethnicity who your mama or your daddy. Because your ass now belongs to the Army and we’re going to make a soldier out of you or we’re going to remove you from this unit and you go do something else no problem the world needs insurance salesman and everybody else.
But if you want to be a soldier we’re going to carve you into what it is to be a soldier.
I don’t understand why my colleagues can’t see the difference between civilian life and military life nobody’s find live rounds at us up here that’s not part of our designated job description but a damn sure is a job description for our soldiers and we can’t fill our ranks in the United States Army right now you know why I think you do know why because conservative families.
Across America that have a deep lineage of military service are not encouraging their sons and and daughters to join the Army.
Because it is crap that our sons and daughters are having to deal with now in the Army that my colleagues are applauding like, yay you know we need to diversify the order to diversify it.
We are called to the uniform for a reason. We must be uniformly deadly and effective rapidly deployed. We care not what the color the skin is to the soldier next to us or whether or not he’s gay or straight that has zero to do with the performance of our army and yet we are indeed attempting to indoctrinate those very civilian considerations into our military that’s why you can’t fill the ranks because traditional American families know that that’s a a wrong formula for a Ranger. Rangers lead the way all the way sir.
Oh, so I’m going to ask you you’re oh so I’m going to ask you you’re opening line of your state of your statement you rightly draw upon a distinction regarding considering between those who join our military and those who choose just other courses of life you said I quote training the United States Army is meant to melt away the effects of civilian life and to forge Americans into soldiers ready to devote their lives to the mass application of violence on behalf of American interests.
Can you speak to the uniqueness of what it is to be a soldier as opposed to being a civilian in America. To be a soldier is to live a life where you take for granted the fact that you would die for the person next to you and that you would enter an arena where that death is possible, uh, on purpose and that you would be prepared as a team and as a person to do whatever it took not to survive but to win, uh, even if that requires immense suffering sacrifice and uh an inconvenience every day for you and your family did you ever for one day at any time consider the diversity of the Ranger next to you, uh, no.
Thank you very much Mr. Thibeau Mr. Lowmeter, General Scklule thank you all for your service Mr chairman yield back my time.
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