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Three signs that the end might be near: 1. Al Roker was actually doing the weather this morning, 2. The Los Angeles Clippers have a better record than the L.A. Lakers and 3. on the topic of lifting the ban of women serving in combat in the U.S. military, I actually agree with conservative former Congressman Allen West!

Like West, I believe that pitting women against men in combat is like expecting women to successfully go up against men in professional contact sports.  Who thinks that’s a good idea?  I’m not in any way discounting the skill, strength, agility, intelligence, or any of the attributes it takes for one to succeed in military combat.  On paper and even in some actual situations, I’m certain that some women could perform as well as or better than some men.

But in an actual combat situation against a brutal enemy, I would not take the risk of women being killed or harmed physically or mentally.

Of course, females who enlist in the military have the ability to  make the decision whether or not to serve in this capacity.  But I hope, when it comes down to it, common sense,  and yeah, compassion will prevail.  I’m all for equal rights, equal pay, equal everything. But women are not built to compete physically with their male counter parts, and especially not an enemy.

Now, someone is going to say, but Tom, there was a time when black men were allowed to perform certain jobs in the military and now it sounds like you’re condoning the same kind of discrimination against women.  To you, I say, “don’t even try it.”

If you disagree with me let me hear your thoughts and more importantly, an alternate solution. In the meantime, in jest, we put together a mock squadron of female celebrities who could possibly give our opposing forces a run for their money:

Naomi Campbell, Brenda Richie,  Lebron James’ mom,  Basketball Wives, Atlanta Housewives, Elin Woods, (bring your golf club) Pilar Sanders, and Deion’s Aunt Laura,  Big Ang from “Mob Wives” and Serena Willliams (bring your racket).

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t want any of those women on the frontlines, no matter how much fight they have in more than I’d want to see the best female football player in the country run up against linebacker Ray Lewis. I don’t have any sisters or daughters, but I do have granddaughter. Perhaps selfishly, I’m looking out for her.  I want her to know that she can grow up to do anything and be anything…but she doesn’t have to prove that to anyone by risking her life.

Allen West, This Time You’re Right!  was originally published on

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