When Liz Cheney ran for Congress in Wyoming for the first time in 2016, she staunchly opposed requiring women to register to be drafted into the military. Now, as a creature of Washington, D.C. and a tool of the liberal establishment, she has reversed course, voted with the majority Democrats, and supported mandating women to register with the Selective Service System.
“The mission of our brave men and women in uniform should be to defend our nation, not to conduct social experiments,” Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune in May 2016. The draft has not been used since the Vietnam War era, but it remains an option for the government during times of national emergency.
But fast forward five years, to when the centerpiece of her re-election campaign is her opposition to former President Donald Trump, and she has completely contradicted her previous way of thinking.
Cheney has recently voted twice to require women to register for the draft, a provision that was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House of Representatives last week. Cheney voted for entire NDAA in the House, but also specifically voted in committee for the amendment which expanded the draft to women by eliminating the word “male” in the description of which citizens are required to register with Selective Service.
Cheney voted with all but one Democrat in committee in a heavily partisan vote to pass that amendment, which was sponsored by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA).
Harriet Hageman, Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Wyoming, today issued the following statement:
“Liz Cheney is just not the same person who was elected to represent Wyoming five years ago. She’s spent so much time in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia that she wouldn’t even recognize Wyoming today, just as we in Wyoming don’t recognize her. Liz used to agree that drafting women was a wrong-headed ‘social experiment,’ but now it seems that the liberals have gotten to her and convinced her to be ‘woke.’ Wyoming only gets one vote in the House of Representatives and Liz Cheney too often squanders it in an endless quest for acceptance by the radical left.
“We know that Liz Cheney loves the idea of wars without end, so perhaps she wants to expand the pool of people eligible to be drafted into military service. In Wyoming, we don’t support the idea of drafting our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and sisters into military service. We honor those men and women who choose to enter the armed services to defend this nation and are grateful for their sacrifice. The draft hasn’t been used in a long time, but it if should ever return, we don’t want to force women onto the battlefield against their will.