After decrying the looming sequestration that Paul Ryan voted for (to read the platform’s language, it sprung full-blown from the president’s head, who signed it despite vigorous bi-partisan opposition), the platform forthrightly rejects “the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation and identity politics” and boldly addresses the problem of suicide. The solution, it seems, is to beef up the chaplaincy (or possibly privatize it) and eject the atheists and gays:
The spiritual welfare of our troops and retired service members should be a priority of our national leadership. With military suicides running at the rate of one a day, with post-service medical conditions, including addiction and mental illness, and with the financial stress and homelessness that is often related
to these factors, there is an urgent need for the kind of counseling that faith-based institutions can best provide. We support rights of conscience and religious freedom for military chaplains and people of faith. A Republican Commander in Chief will protect religious independence of military chaplains and will not tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities. We will enforce and defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the Armed Forces as well as in the civilian world.
All this, by the way, is under the rubric of “American Exceptionalism.”
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