Joe Biden’s mission to convert the strongest military force on the globe into a massive woke social experiment at the expense of taxpayers and national security is moving forward at breathtaking speed. Saturday saw the first ever “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summer Festival” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) featuring, of course, a drag show.
The promotional material for the festival said it was to include “a series of performances and speeches” including the drag show put on by Joshua Kelley, who performs under the stage name “Harpy Daniels.”
Harpy Daniels is not just some outsider brought in by military bureaucrats, either. Joshua Kelley is a yeoman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy who says he joined the Navy for the purpose of financing and advancing his career as a drag artist.
Kelley told reporters that drag performances become costly, but as his “number one passion,” he saw the Navy as a “great option to get myself situated in life.” He said that performing in drag allows him to embrace his “feminine side” while bringing his “diversity and creativity out.”
He said that having people cheer, laugh, or join in with his performances “is an absolute thrill.”
The JBLE festival was planned by the base’s Breaking Barriers Alliance, a committee formed under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The festival was ultimately approved by JBLE commanding officer Col. Gregory Beaulieu. The commander also authorized the use of military resources to stage the festival.
The base said that the central theme of the event was “celebrating differences,” and helping to be sure that “every Airman, Soldier, and civilian feels valued.”
In addition to the drag show and poetry readings, the festival featured bouncy houses and face painting for young kids who were also welcome at the more racy parts of the event.
Among those who questioned the military’s decision to host a drag show on base was Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). He said that even though diversity might be part of American life, it “cannot be an organizing principle for the Pentagon.”
Gallagher added that the mission of the military must be winning wars, not promoting diversity initiatives that risk “sapping our strength.” He noted that military strength means physical and mental strength, not “strength through diversity.”
Gallagher added that the Pentagon’s diversity, equity, and inclusion mission actually stifles the type of diversity that improves military strength–intellectual diversity.