Michelle Bachmann wants to fire my wife.

Jul 13 2011 Published by under "Supporting" the Troops

Republican presidential candidates Michelle Bachamann wants my wife to be fired from her current job.

Bachmann undoubtedly doesn't know who my wife is, and probably doesn't know or understand exactly what my wife's job is, but Bachmann definitely wants my wife's job to be done by someone else. Bachmann does not, it would appear, care if the person who replaces her is better qualified or even as qualified as my wife. She simply wants to make sure that whoever replaces my wife has - and was born with - one thing.

A penis.

Yes, you read that right. Michelle Bachmann, a woman who wants to be the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military, has publicly come out against women in combat. She did so last week, and the media seems to have managed to completely miss this.

The media didn't, of course, fail to notice that Bachmann and fellow presidential candidate Rick Santorum signed the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow". They just seem to have failed to take note of everything that is actually in the pledge.

It's easy to see how this might have happened. The "Marriage Vow" already contains many different - and very controversial - policy positions. The "Marriage Vow" requires any candidate who signs it to oppose marriage equality, abortion, pornography, and the right of homosexuals to join the military. The "Marriage Vow" contains one clause that require the candidate to fiercely defend "the First Amendment‟s rights of Religious Liberty", and another clause that requires the candidate to oppose "Sharia Islam". And let's not get started on the clause that encourages the candidates to support "robust childbearing and reproduction".

That's a lot of controversy, especially for a single signature. So much, in fact, that the mainstream media outlets appear to have failed to fully appreciate the import of one clause:

Support for the enactment of safeguards for all married and unmarried U.S. Military and National Guard personnel, especially our combat troops, from inappropriate same-gender or opposite-gender sexual harassment, adultery or intrusively intimate commingling among attracteds (restrooms, showers, barracks, tents, etc.); plus prompt termination of military policymakers who would expose American wives and daughters to rape or sexual harassment, torture, enslavement or sexual leveraging by the enemy in forward combat roles. (emphasis added)

In one of my all-time favorite episodes of M*A*S*H*, Major Margaret Houlihan said: "You'll notice these leaves come in gold, not pink for girls and blue for boys." The scene was set during the Korean conflict. The episode first aired in December of 1979. It appears that it is too much to ask that Major Houlihan's statement would have been an obvious truth by 2011.

Women have been - and are still - participating in combat roles. This has been true since before the current conflicts, and it's especially true in today's overstressed and underresourced military. My wife's job is no exception. She may be a doctor, but she's assigned to an aviation brigade. When her unit deploys, she will deploy with them. She's done so twice already, has seen combat, and has been awarded a medal with a "V" device as a result. She is already focused on doing everything she can before the next deployment to ensure that the soldiers she serves with will have every possible chance of returning home alive.

The oak leaf on her uniform is gold, not pink.

My wife is an American Soldier. Referring to her, in the context of her military service, as just "an American wife and daughter" is demeaning. Refusing to acknowledge the value of the service that she - and many, many other women - give to the country is an insult. The fact that these candidates endorsed this insult is outrageous. The fact that they did so without the media taking note is infuriating.

10 responses so far

  • Christina Pikas says:

    I personally found that the military (the Navy, specifically), was much more equal opportunity and non-discriminatory than civilization outside the gates of the base. I personally know people who went off to military training being all like "I won't salute a women" or whatever, and who came back "hell yes I salute women" and understanding that shipmates are shipmates.

    I found that the military was much more color blind than the DC-area where I was right before and right after being on the ship. It was such a shock to come back up here after being in the military.

    Congress is also trying to slow or stop the progress in integrating homosexuals into the military - despite the fact that the military studies all show that it can be done without undermining their readiness. Ugh.

  • becca says:

    Ah patronizing misogyny, thy name is Bachmann.

    Well, strictly speaking, I want to fire your wife. And all the other soldiers. But as long as we're going to have people out there, anything that compromises them getting the best medical care possible (and while the military has made much progress in some arenas, I do not suffer from the illusion they would choose your wife if she were anything but the best for the job) is unpatriotic at best.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    If women are supposed to be "wife and daughter" first, what is Michele Bachmann doing running for President? Or serving in congress? Shouldn't she be home supporting her husband's career un-gaying people? Or maybe her in-laws careers as farm welfare government dole-hounds?

    • gerty-z says:

      are you seriously expecting logical consistency here, DM? really?

      I can't believe that the media let this part of the vow pass. I know the slavery bit was SO ridiculous that it took a lot of attention. But this kind of disrespect is insidious. But maybe I am expecting too much of the media.

      Please tell your wife that I say Thanks. I may not support the war, but I am really, really grateful for all the US soldiers that put themselves into harm's way on my behalf.

  • Yael says:

    The first point in the "vow" is just racist and offensive. What has President Obama being African American got to do with anything??

  • John Bayko says:

    Homosexuals can serve openly in the U.S military, and have for years. The U.S operates exchange programs with may allies which have openly gay soldiers, such as Canada, the U.K, and Australia.

    So openly gay people have a right to serve in the U.S military. Openly gay *Americans* don't.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    Whoa, just read the Vow over. Geez, so we're back to bashing black folks again, eh? Feels like the 80s.....

    Nice correlation/causation sleight of hand there in the "recognize that" part about married folks being happier, etc.....

  • Amy says:

    DM, I think the phrase you want for how the Bachmann in-laws make a living is "farming the government".

  • My grandmother was a captain in the army during WWII (a flight nurse, flying in to pick up the wounded and treat them). My grandfather was a civilian counselor for the troops.

    She died a couple of years ago and had a nice military funeral, except one thing. They got her tombstone wrong the first time. "Mrs. , wife of Captain." Not Captain, wife of Mr. They weren't able to fix it in time for the funeral so she had no tombstone.

  • Ashleigh says:

    This absolutely frustrates me. I worked for her, and for the most part, I support her values, but this is one thing I cannot agree with her on. There is nothing I want more (except for following God's will which is what this is), than to become an American Soldier. I want to serve my country. When I worked for her, I believed she was right on this, although I didn't know she felt this way. But when God called me to do this, I realized how wrong I was. Now I am a HS freshman getting ready for USMA. I want to branch Infantry, and now I am doing something that even a couple of months ago I never felt that I could consider. The Rangers. I don't know why she feels this way, except that maybe she heard the same story on the news about a woman being told to put her child in foster care, that my mom uses as her foundation for this belief, but it hurts me deeply, especially now that I stand here preparing to become a soldier. I still support Rep. Bachmann on most issues, but on this I never will.