A Space Force lieutenant colonel was dismissed from his post after claiming in a conservative podcast that Marxist ideologies were invading the US armed forces, CNN and Military.com reported on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier appeared on Steve Gruber’s show to praise his new book, Irresistible Revolution: The Conquest Goal of Marxism and the Defeat of the American Army. As you might expect from this headline, Lohmeier has some strong opinions about the state of the military these days, which he spoke at length about in the podcast:
“Since taking command as Commander about 10 months ago, I have seen what I see as fundamentally incompatible and contradictory accounts of what America was, is, and should be. It wasn’t just prolific on social media, or across the country over the past year, but it has spread throughout the U.S. military. And I recognized these stories as being of a Marxist nature.
He continued to denounce the 1619 project, which recounts the impacts of slavery on US history, as “anti-American” propaganda.
“It teaches a crash course that I heard from my base – that by the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land,” Lohmeier continued. “If you want to disagree with that, then you start to be called all kinds of things, including racist. Which is a product of racial theory steeped in Marxism.
On Sunday, a Defense Department official told CNN that Lohmeier was relieved of his post on May 14 due to “loss of confidence in his ability to lead.” The agency’s decision stemmed from her comments “in a recent podcast,” the official said, and it has since launched a command-led investigation into whether the comments “constituted prohibited partisan political activity.” Another DoD official told the outlet that the investigation would also examine any policies that allowed his book to be published in the first place. Lohmeier has been temporarily reassigned in the meantime, although his new assignment was not immediately clear.
Fun fact: there is along, long listing federal regulations outlining exactly what political activities military and public service employees can and cannot do. And these regulations typically override a person’s protections for freedom of speech under the First Amendment. Essentially, the DoD doesn’t want to be inadvertently associated with a particular candidate or political point of view by proxy. staff should be especially careful when talking about politics, displaying partisan boast, wearing government-issued uniforms, or using government vehicles in public.
Now folks I only know this because I grew up in a huge naval area. So I can see how your average person might read a headline about Lohmeier’s plight and start shouting about “free speech!” What is more difficult to understand is why politicians are armed as if these regulations are something new. Either they are worryingly ignoring the very policies for which they were elected, or they are deliberately obtuse to undermine their base of support. Or (as I guess it is) it’s a bit of column A and a bit of column B.
Florida Representative and suspected sex trafficker Matt Gaetz said on Twitter Sunday that he “would seek to act on this subject within the Armed Services Committee”. He didn’t give more details on what exactly that action would be, but he encouraged his followers to buy Lohmeier’s new book.
“Lt. Colonel Lohmeier is a patriot who is telling the truth about our military’s attempt to wake up – and worse, ”Gaetz wrote.
His fellow Florida representative, Byron Donalds, tweeted on Sunday that Lohmeier is a “hero” and then decried the crowd of leftists apparently trying to “undo” him. (I mean, if anyone “canceled” it in this scenario, it was their superiors, and the last time I checked it was just called getting fired). Kelli Ward, President of the Arizona Republican Party also denounced the DoD decision and called for “rooting out Marxism (ie #Communism)” from the nation’s military.
All of this pearl uproar is probably only going to continue for a week, so tie people up. What happened to this all-American wisdom about how if you don’t like your job, you should just get another one?