Former House Rep. Michele
Bachmann (R-Minn.) (AP)
Asked about the idea of requiring young women to register in the Selective Service, former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said it was “crazy,” a “radical idea” put forward by leftists who think “gender doesn’t matter,” and who want to “bring about the end of male-female.”
As was done in the debate over homosexual marriage, said Bachmann, leftists are pushing the idea that gender differences do not really exist, are “meaningless,” that it is all “a social construct,” which, she stressed, is “nonsense.”
On the Feb. 9 radio show Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, the host explained that the purpose of registering with the Selective Service “is to be prepared for a draft in the event of a national emergency,” a war. Perkins then asked Bachmann her views on what some presidential candidates were saying about the issue and what she thinks of the idea.
“They’re getting it wrong in that the American people have no interest in having their daughters be drafted to serve in combat,” said Bachmann. “That isn’t a value the American people hold. … It is crazy.”
“I’m a mother myself to three biological daughters, but we also had the privilege of raising 23 foster daughters,” she said. “I can assure you that, knowing girls – and I do, and from the perspective of a mother – when you look at various girls and their make up, they are very different from boys. I am also the mother of boys.”
“And I think what we see is this is a radical idea,” she said. “It’s a darling of the left that’s been put forward actually for several decades. But it is put forward, interestingly, by people who tend to not be fans of the military.”
“And it’s people who are on this wild tear to bring about the end of male-female,” said Bachmann. “At the core of this argument really, Tony, is that gender doesn’t matter. We’ve seen it in the marriage debate, but we see it now in this combat readiness debate.”
“Because, in essence, what they believe is that gender means nothing,” said the former congresswoman. “The argument says, for the first time in history, that it is meaningless, that gender doesn’t exist. That it’s a social construct -- in other words, that we make it up. We impose gender differences on little boys and little girls—the parents and society do that.”
“That’s all nonsense,” she continued. “It’s nonsense. And we need to revert to commonsense rather than nonsense.”
Bachmann, who had served on the House Intelligence Committee, overseeing the CIA and the entire U.S. Intelligence community, further said, “The left puts their argument for combat for women on three basic ideas: one is equality; one is fairness; one is compassion. I can tell you quite clearly there is nothing equal about men and women in the military. They cannot be equal physically.”
“They cannot be equal from an emotional make-up perspective when they’re under combat conditions,” she said. “Fairness? There is nothing fair about putting a girl against her will in the military where it will be very difficult to protect her when she’s in a difficult situation. Girls aren’t all necessarily up for that.”
Michele Bachmann, 59, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that she was a member of the Minnesota Senate, from 2001 to 2007. She holds a law degree, and she and her husband, Marcus Bachmann, have five children and have provided foster care to 23 other children over the years.