RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY (HOST): Critical race theory and gender ideology have infected nearly every institution in America. And while conservatives were politely debating ideas and our fancy think tanks were churning out policy papers, progressives were ruthlessly conquering cultural territory. Hollywood, universities, public school, media, big tech, Wall Street, and, very importantly, corporate boards.
But the last vestige of the pro-American meritocracy still standing was the U.S. military. From the progressive perspective, the military was too masculine, had way too many Republicans, and a dangerous knack of turning minorities into patriotic, self-reliant conservatives. This could not stand.
Michelle Obama's decision to make military spouses her top initiative as First Lady was the first clue that they had their sights set on the U.S. Armed Forces. By Obama's second term, a stealth takeover of top brass -- top military brass was underway. Officers who were aligned were promoted. A general who obeyed and advanced the woke progressive agenda could expect a lucrative afterlife on corporate boards, already populated by the Obama-Clinton world.
One of the first whistleblowers was James Hasson, who wrote Stand Down, documenting the Obama-era changes to military culture and its negative impact on national defense.