Since women are now allowed to serve in combat roles, it’s only logical that the restrictions barring them from registering for the Selective Service System be lifted too.
Therefore, when Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently agreed that the current policy, which requires only men register for the draft, should be changed, people called it an act of equality.
However, the current Republican presidential frontrunner, Ted Cruz, is entirely against this idea. In fact, speaking at a town hall New Hampshire, the senator unleashed his ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.
“I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, ‘Are you guys nuts?’” Cruz said, referring to the Saturday night GOP debate where some of his rivals showed their support to the plan.
“Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military,” the presidential hopeful continued. “Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain’t doing it.”
Apparently, his two young daughters are the main reason he opposes the notion.
“I'm the father of two little girls. I love those girls with all of my heart. They are capable of doing anything their hearts' desire,” Cruz explained. “But the idea that their government would forcibly put them in a foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them doesn't make any sense.”
Some online users were quick to point out that only 20 percent of the armed forces are combat arms and the United States military still needs people to run cable, put out fires and drive trucks. Maybe if Ted Cruz sets aside his misogynistic instincts and rationally approaches the matter, he won’t sound as sexist as he currently does.