The Chivalry of Rick Santorum

The battlefield roils.  Explosions erupt in the frighteningly near distance.  A gamut of firearms blurt angry chatter from vantages hidden by the smoky haze.  In the middle of it she stands, knock-kneed, heels akimbo, pack thrown to the ground, and her M16 dangling from the crook of her elbow like some clunky designer bag.  Wailing to the sky, she tries to pull fistfuls of her hair out at the root as the mascara streams black rivers down her face.

This is the inevitable fate from which hate-mongering presidential hopeful Rick Santorum hopes to spare our military servicewomen.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Michelle Mollen could probably stomp a mudhole in Rick Santorum without really trying.

After a yearlong investigation, the Pentagon has decided to loosen its restrictions on women serving in combat…somewhat.  Female soldiers may now be permanently assigned to battalions in support positions.  They still can’t serve directly in combat, but they are allowed to be closer to the fighting.  This decision is not groundbreaking; it’s not even news.  Women have already served in these positions for years as “temporary” attachments.  It’s the job sector equivalent of passing your probationary period.

A young girl reacts upon hearing the future Rick Santorum has planned for her.

Not good enough for Santorum.  His incontrovertible authority on the psychological handicap that is womanhood has forced him to make the not-ludicrous assertion that women are too emotionally unstable for combat (sorry, for support in combat).

It seems Ol’ Santorum’s mercy–much like his bigotry–knows no bounds.

Never thought I’d miss the days of Dan “Potatoe” Quayle (or that he’d be such a harbinger of Republicans to come).

(Santorum image from: http://themoderatevoice.com/133837/the-rick-santorum-that-america-doesnt-know/  Marine Gunnery Sargeant Michelle Mollen of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Regiment image from: http://abcnews.go.com/US/women-fight-iraq-afghanistan-preclusion-ground-combat/story?id=13716419#.TzVWoeQmySo  Dan Quayle image from: http://www.lifewith4boys.com/2011/09/dumb-celebrity-quotes.html)

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Author: therealkenjones

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3 thoughts on “The Chivalry of Rick Santorum”

  1. Honestly, I wouldn’t want a women to serve in my platoon. Not because I do not think they aren’t smart enough or equal enough, but rather because I think physiologically they aren’t equipped to fight other men.

    We wouldn’t put women on the field with NFL player for the sake of women’s rights simply because they aren’t up to the task physically.

    Women have menstrual cycles and lack the muscle endurance and strength. As a general rule I think that a woman’s place isn’t on the battlefield. That sounds really sexist and I’m all for women in leadership positions and equal say in the household, etc. We simply can’t change the physical facts though. 1 week of every month the rest of the platoon would be worried about a slightly emotionally and physically weakened person.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Atticus!

      I see what you’re saying, but unfortunately, I don’t agree. Sure, there are physiological differences between men and women. But as long as a female soldier meets the physical requirements she should be able to serve in combat. Women serve as police and firefighters. There are female marksmen. Women compete in triathlons. I even saw a news story about a woman who kicked a burglar through a wall. Those are all elements of what a soldier has to do. (Besides, if we’ve got a bunch of our troops fist-fighting Taliban soldiers then somebody with stars on his uniform needs to be fired.)

      More to the point, women have been fighting–and dying–in conflicts since before the days of sticks and rocks. The whole women are too weak argument is a construct of cultural programming. Hopefully we’ll continue to tear it down.

  2. I agree with Ken here.
    Combat is very different now, even, than the days of hand-to-hand combat. And look at the difference in sizes of men in our military, from shorter 5’5″ or so on up. Whether one is qualified to fight on the front lines depends on the individual person’s skills, not gender.
    The NFL analogy isn’t appropriate-most of the fighting is done using guns, not hand-to-hand combat. It seems some of the most persistent and intransigent fighters shoot from caves (Afghanistan/Pakistan) and trees (Vietnam). Women might be more successful at that type of fighting!

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