The Insiders: Obama and the Democrats’ problem with military voters is growing – Washington Post
President Obama is becoming increasingly alienated from our uniformed military, military households and veterans. Need proof? Look no further than the speech he gave yesterday at the American Legion’s national convention in Charlotte. The reaction was politely described as “tepid” and, by all accounts, his applause lines fell flat with the audience of veterans, especially when explaining his foreign policy objectives. Even his overtures to the audience about fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs were met with relatively muted enthusiasm.
I think the president’s speech got the worst reception of any he has given since his commencement address at West Point in May. While the commander in chief was not treated disrespectfully at West Point, his reception was decidedly cool, and the substance of the speech was slammed as well. Charles Krauthammer characterized the president’s speech as being full of “weak, leaderless, rudderless foreign policy,” and it was widely panned.
Unsurprising for two reasons. One, the stereotype of military men being unthinking, brutish instruments of violence is utterly incorrect. In terms of life skills and common sense, they’re some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. They know bullshit when they hear/smell it. That leads us to number two: Barack Obama is simply not a leader in any sense of the word. He’s a fax-intellectual that’s never accomplished anything of substance in his life. Military men are men of substance. It’s no coincidence that with all the friends and family members I have in the military, only one has ever voted reliably for Democrats (I assume).
Of course, this goes deeper than just Obama’s historically bad Presidency. For almost six years now, Barack Obama has quietly removed an unprecedented number of leadership personnel from the ranks. This has gone largely unreported by the media but not by the military. Forced integration of homosexual servicemen and now transsexual servicemen/servicewomen has been a strategic attempt to demoralize the military, and has nothing to do with noble ideals such as equality and tolerance.
The situation is especially startling when you consider that at least in terms of their rhetoric, the Republicans have been far more eager to send our troops into harm’s way. Of course, even though the American people and media don’t follow the death toll for our troops when Obama is President, the troops do:
US Troop Deaths in Afghan War Under Obama Now Twice That Under Bush
FYI, that point was reached back in 2011. I know this post is long, but I want to print a bit more of the original article I linked in this post because it’s important to understand why this relationship is so chilly:
And don’t forget: Former defense secretary Bob Gates revealed earlier this year that, when he served under President Obama, he felt that “there was a lot of suspicion in the White House of the military.” And members of our military are equally suspicious of President Obama. Instead of being praised by the military after obtaining the release of Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, the president faced an onslaught of criticism. The backlash over Bergdahl’s release still lingers. In fact, there are rumors that books may be written and television movies made about the swap – and they are not likely to be flattering for President Obama.
It is worrisome how unpopular President Obama is with our military and their families and how uncomfortable he seems with military culture. At a time when the president still has to rely heavily on our military, it is troubling that he cannot seem to gain their trust or even appear to be able to relate to their challenges.
So far, this has been underreported, but with yesterday’s speech, the Democrats’ problems with the military and military families are becoming more obvious. Add this to the growing list of problems the Democrats face as we approach the 2014 elections.