LTC Matthew Lohmeier has been relieved of command. The Space Force squadron commander had the audacity to accuse the United States military of propagating Marxist ideology and to say so publicly. For that, he must pay a price. No word yet on when his show trial might begin or when and if a public shaming session will be scheduled.
Lohmeier is right. The United States military and for that matter, the entire U.S. government has adopted its new ideology critical race theory. That doctrine is explicitly Marxist. It is dedicated to the destruction of the existing political, economic and social order in the United States. It seeks in other words to overthrow the republic as we know it.
And, this ideology, a mortal threat to the Constitution and the people of the United States is now apparently the word by which our fighting men and women are required to live?
Critical race theory, often known as CRT has been defined by the UCLA School of Public Affairs, one of its wellsprings, as follows:
“CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society. The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT uses in examining existing power structures. CRT identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color.”
One of the companion concepts of CRT is “intersectionality.” Essentially, this means that you can be oppressed based on many characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. The more such indicators you have the more oppressed you are. Think of it as getting points. The more indicators you collect the more aggrieved you are. The more society owes you.
CRT, which did not really exist until the 1990’s grew out of what is known as the Frankfurt School of Marxist thought. Basically, the problem with which the Frankfurt School wrestled was the inability of Communism to gain a foothold in the West. In America in particular, people did not seem particularly interested in red banners or forming workers collectives. The problem, the Frankfurt School decided was that the system of oppression was somehow ingrained culturally in the society.
The solution? Break it apart. Tribalize society. Emphasize differences. Exploit them.
As long as people in the West believed that the system could solve the problems facing society there could never be a Communist revolution. Hope, therefore, must be taken away. The foundations of traditional society must be demolished. That began with family. The Frankfurt School preached that “even a partial breakdown of parental authority in the family might tend to increase the readiness of a coming generation to accept social change.”
CRT, as we know it in the United States, began with the writings of Dereck Bell, an African-American Harvard law professor. Bell wrote for years for a journal called Freedomway, which was established and run by members of the Communist Party USA. The magazine was part of a Soviet campaign to exploit what the Russians called the “Negro question” and manipulate American blacks to their advantage. The goal was the creation of a “Soviet America.” Millions of dollars in aid flowed to the Communist Party USA from Moscow.
Derek Bell was also a founding member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers – the self-proclaimed “legal arm of the Black Liberation Movement.” The National Conference of Black Lawyers was a U.S. affiliate of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, a still existing international communist front originally founded by the Soviet Union.
Philosophically, the Black Liberation Movement is the ideological force that gave us the Black Panthers, Angela Davis and, today, Black Lives Matter (BLM). It rejects the concepts of integration and inclusion, which have been the bedrock of the American civil rights movement for generations. It is revolutionary. It focuses on division, destruction, separation and at its core relies upon the bedrock racist principle that white people and the system they “built” are inherently evil and responsible for all of the problems in our society.
All of this radical, Marxist ideology was once consigned to the dustbin of history. The Soviet Union crashed and burned. Marxism was something we were told that only North Koreans and Cubans would still have to contend with and even they presumably for only a short while longer.
But, Marxism did not die. It infected our academic institutions and continued its work underground. After a period of decades, it has now reemerged with full force presenting itself as the established orthodoxy of all right-thinking people. Mad ideas, that gender is a societal construct, that the nuclear family is bad, that certain types of people, based on their ethnicity can be blamed for all our ills, suddenly became dogma.
And now this school of thought, a complete anathema to the fundamental building blocks of our society and every principle on which this nation was built, has somehow been adopted by our government and is being force-fed to our military personnel.
Donald Trump ordered last year that all critical race theory training for executive branch agencies be terminated. Leaving aside for a moment how frightening it is that a President would have to tell the U.S. government not to preach Marxism, that order was rescinded by Joe Biden on his first day in office. Critical race theory training has now resumed across all the military services.
On February 23, 2021, the chief of naval operations Admiral Michael Gilday released an updated version of the Navy’s Professional Reading Program. One of the books on that list is Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi’s book, an exposition of critical race theory, argues that capitalism is a racist construct that must be destroyed. A similar reading list for the Navy’s Second Fleet includes Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility,” a book that essentially says that any white person who does not admit to being racist is by definition racist.
West Point now teaches a class called “Introduction to Critical Race Theory.”
The study guides being used for “diversity” training throughout the military:
- Are critical of individuals who “believe that human similarities are more important than differences.”
- Direct servicemen to acknowledge their “privilege” when “it is pointed out to them.”
- Identify heterosexuals as having “sexual orientation privilege.”
- Warn that “some dominant group members” may claim “personal achievement mostly depends on personal ability.”
- Teach that people who raise religious objections to homosexual marriage are engaging in a form of discrimination called “principium,” which is “avoiding exploration based on a religious or personal principle”
- Counsel that saying things like “Discrimination is a thing of the past… tactics and demands of activists are unfair … racism is bad” is a form of modern racism.
- State that “Privilege will never go away until the systems in our society that cause discrimination go away.”
All LTC Lohmeier did was blow the whistle and speak truth to power. Sworn to defend this nation and its Constitution he stood up in the light of day and pointed out what everyone else attending a critical race theory class already knew. The enemy is inside the perimeter. “Danger close.” We are in a fight for our lives.
Every American who cares about this country ought to stand up and take notice. A great nation, which confronted Communism abroad and defeated its principal power, the Soviet Union, now faces a greater peril at home.
It is being subverted from within.