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Posted on Jul 28, 2016 Print this Article

Issue 42: July 2016

In CMR E-Notes earlier this month, I let you know that CMR would be working with officials and delegates who would draft the Republican National Platform.  Having observed and assisted in the process during the week just before the national convention in Cleveland, I am pleased to tell you that CMR's influence is very evident in the finished document. The 2016 Republican National Platform incorporates nine strong planks on military/social issues in a comprehensive section of the document titled "America Resurgent."

You can read details in this article, just posted on the CMR website:

The quadrennial platform process moves fast and it calls for preparation as well as coordination with longtime allies, new friends, delegates, and leaders of the party and presidential campaign. I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved, and to you for making it possible for CMR to take a leadership role in making it all happen.

This year something unusual happened during the platform-writing process. As reported by Philip Wegmann in the Heritage Foundation Daily Signal, a few petulant activists who were determined to inject the LGBT agenda into the Republican platform used deception in a determined attempt to get their way:
This attempt to scrap the entire platform occurred after fellow delegates showed unfailing courtesy in listening to their arguments for divisive planks before voting them down. As the day ended several conservative delegates stepped up to expose deceptive tactics intended to create a fake media story.

Don't Draft America's Daughters

Now that the convention is over, we have an immediate challenge that will affect every young civilian woman in the nation. The National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 includes language to "Draft America's Daughters." We need to work with other interested groups and leaders, many of whom worked with us on the platform statement opposing registration of women from the draft, in order to remove offending legislation sponsored by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain before lame-duck President Obama gets the chance to sign it into law.  There is an effort in the Senate to make that happen, and it will succeed if Americans' voices rise up nationwide.  Here's what you can do to help right now, while your Senator is at home:

In addition to research that we are doing all the time, CMR is recognized as a primary source of detailed information on military social issues. The May edition of a major academic journal, for example, quoted CMR several times, and published a commentary that I wrote opposite one by the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus:
Many thanks for your support - I hope to hear from you soon.

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The Center for Military Readiness, founded in 1993, is an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues.  Nothing in this article should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate. More information on all issues discussed is available on the CMR website,

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 Print this Article