Rick Scott fears ‘social and cultural engineering’ blunts U.S. military ‘lethal force’
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
Scott also says no to vax mandates for military.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is suggesting that “social and cultural engineering” is blunting the “lethal force” of the United States military.

“(Instead of) spending the time to make this a lethal force, they’re spending the time with social and cultural engineering,” Scott said Tuesday during an interview with Pensacola’s News Radio 1620.

“It’s not social engineering that the military is set up for. It’s to defend our freedom,” Scott, the current head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said. “That’s the purpose of our armed forces. So, you know, they need to stop (focusing) on gender pronouns, things like that, you know, critical race theory, and let’s focus on how do we make a lethal force.”

The Republican implied that “social and cultural engineering” includes not only gender pronouns and critical race theory, but also a vaccine mandate for the military. Even though members of the armed forces already receive a battery of shots, Scott (like many Republicans) sees the jab as a bridge too far.

“First off, they shouldn’t be mandating the vaccine. That’s a choice of what you want to put into your body,” Scott said. “When you joined up, I don’t think anybody anticipated they would be able to force you to take this vaccine.”

Scott’s comments against vaccine mandates for military members tracks with his historic contention that it’s a matter of personal choice when it comes to the life-saving shots.

“Democrats want to control our lives. We’ve got to stand up and say enough is enough,” Scott said during a cable news appearance in late June. “I got the vaccine, get the vaccine. But if you don’t, that’s a choice you get to make.”

Scott’s opposition to critical race theory, likewise, is a matter of record.

The Senator’s concern about CRT, a legal academic approach that proposes that long-standing institutional racial inequities are continuing in society today, is well-documented. Earlier this year, Scott filed a Senate resolution condemning it. In Florida, the approach was officially banned from classrooms by the state Board of Education earlier this year.

Upon introducing the resolution in May, Scott said: “The far-left wants Americans to believe that our nation is inherently racist and bad. They want to discredit the values America was founded on. They’re wrong. We can’t stand by and allow ’woke’ liberals to divide our nation.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tjb

    August 17, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Rick Scott, once the Covid vaccine is fully approved, will you support the military efforts to vaccinate our service members? I remember many vaccine filled needles in my arm when serving. What is the difference?

  • Zhombre

    August 17, 2021 at 10:23 am

    COVID vaccines, okay; injection of CRT, no. That is toxic.

    • Alex

      August 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

      You don’t even know what CRT is.

    • Zhombre

      August 17, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      May I suggest that you pair of mole crickets stop chirping for a few minutes and actually try to digest other views. You might learn something.

      • Alex

        August 17, 2021 at 1:34 pm

        Menton listed these as somehow proving CRT is evil or something;

        Societies use race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression.

        American Anthropological Association states that “the ‘racial’ worldview was invented to assign some groups to perpetual low status, while others were permitted access to privilege, power, and wealth. The tragedy in the United States has been that the policies and practices stemming from this worldview succeeded all too well in constructing unequal populations among Europeans, Native Americans, and peoples of African descent.”

        The concept of race is intimately connected to our lives and has serious implications. It operates in real and definitive ways that confer benefits and privileges to some and withholds them from others.

        And they’re all true.

        So he’s got some issue with truth being evil.

        That disqualifies him from consideration.

        (Oh, and I can find lots of right winger articles to copy/paste links denouncing CRT too, yawn)

        • Zhombre

          August 17, 2021 at 1:44 pm


          • Alex

            August 17, 2021 at 1:46 pm

            So you’ve actually got nothing.


          • Zhombre

            August 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm

            You’re welcome, little lefty zealot. I actually figured the effect upon you would be negligible.

          • Alex

            August 17, 2021 at 1:56 pm

            I enjoyed watching you fail to explain anything about what CRT is.

            Modern conservatism is in it’s own pandemic of willful ignorance.

          • Zhombre

            August 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm

            You’re really a beaut, LOL. Arrogant creep to the nth degree.

          • Alex

            August 17, 2021 at 2:10 pm

            Still nothing.


          • Ringo

            August 17, 2021 at 2:18 pm

            Snotty commie turd.

          • Alex

            August 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm

            “…..he screams back while running away”

          • tjb

            August 17, 2021 at 2:51 pm

            Again, name calling is Zhombre only defense… listening to you, we do learn more about you. Sad

          • Alex

            August 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm

            Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes;

            You are not entitled to your opinion.
            You are entitled to your informed opinion.
            No one is entitled to be ignorant.
            – Harlan Ellison

  • Agatha Kirk

    August 17, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Maybe because this is an experimental vaccine. The other vaccines given to our great military men and women were discovered and tested for many years. Maybe also because the COV19 was developed in a lab by “banned research”. Now it mutates into Delta, Lambdia, alpha, beta, gamma. Just saw this list of viruses. This governor is doing his best to be logical, not ignorant like the people who keep listening to the one fanatical scientist who is all about killing everyone. If Fauci was so honorable, and smart, why didn’t he figure out something besides the vaccines that he profits from? Open your brain please! Fauci is on an agenda to depopulate as though he and his other fanatical partner Gates has the right to decide how many people should live on earth.

    • Concern citizens

      August 17, 2021 at 10:42 am

      What about the monoclonal antibodies treatments being promoted by DeSantis? They have yet to be approved. Tjb stated once the Covids vaccine are approved, not “experimental”. Are you saying that the vaccine that were created using “Operation Warp “ by the Trump administration are no good?

  • Alex

    August 17, 2021 at 11:08 am

    More regressive fear mongering from the party that can’t deal with change.


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  • Tom

    August 17, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Yes you hater Alex.
    You have change, cuomo, newsom, whitmer, and black face northam.
    Criticial Race Theory, more extremist liberal philosophy. It is being rejected across the country. Alex, Frankie and Tjb Losers!

    • Tjb

      August 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      When was the last time that you had a coherent thought? Looking at your comments today, I am concerned about your health.
      PS —- I hope I am your favorite “Loser”, I am a little jealous when you mention the governors, Frankie and Alex.

      • Tom

        August 17, 2021 at 6:02 pm

        You are unable to comprehend anything. Alex is a hater racist and Frankie is unstable. You have no need to be jealous. I took you down Sunday in reply to Joe H. The forces of the economy and horrible decisions like Afghanistan and the the reckless spending is coming back to haunt zDems. You have a nightmare coming on 11/22.Team Biden allows The border to be invaded and we leave 11,000 Americans with the Taliban with our Aghany allies. Genuineness, you pathetic elites are horrendous, America’s Governor will shellack Fraud as she is an electoral disaster. Your comments to me earlier on DHS and CRT demonstrate your inability to counter facts like loser Alex. Cocoon liberals. I’m very confident with America’s Governor and newly elected House Rep majority. AllYou Manchurians can’t keep up with me.

        • tjb

          August 18, 2021 at 8:43 am

          “You took me down” only in your mind, Tom. Regarding facts, I have yet to see you use a fact. When I ask for proof to back up your agreement you tell me I have no right to make the request. Tom, obviously, you make up crap to fit your views.

          Just curious, should we bring the Afghan interpreters and their families to live in Flordia?

          PS–You don’t need to reply with your standard mindless and unfounded rants. Just answer the question, if you can.

  • Alex

    August 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Says the two time proven liar.


    • Tom

      August 17, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      You are a pud, Hater and racist!
      I’ve schooled you.

  • Alex

    August 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    So desperate for attention.

    I pity you.

    • Tom

      August 17, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      LMAO pity nothing.
      You love to sushi to it, typical extremist.
      U can’t run with me pal.
      You tried to mess with zHombre earlier.
      You are a bully and extremist.
      Read my comments to Tjb earlier.
      You have a shellacking coming on 11/22.
      Team Biden made America’s Gov a giant now. Cry eye, Trump, Trump,.Trump.

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