VA Drops Lincoln Quote For ‘Inclusion’

( – In what appears to be an unstoppable quest to achieve peak political correctness, the Veterans’ Administration has dropped its historic mission statement because the Abraham Lincoln quote used male pronouns.

The Lincoln quote that formerly constituted the VA motto read, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

The new VA motto seems to imply that it is a better description of Abraham Lincoln’s intention than Lincoln’s own words. The new motto dispenses with the elegance of Lincoln’s 19th-century oratory and replaces it with language familiar in Human Resources Departments.

The new motto reads, “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those who have served in our nation’s military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.”

The former motto that quoted Lincoln was adopted in 1959.

The VA put out a news release that implicitly criticized Lincoln’s words because they did not reflect current political sensibilities and identity politics. The release said the former President’s quotation was not good enough because it excluded women, “caregivers,” survivors, and veteran families.

It is unclear why the VA believes those categories were not contemplated in the phrase “his widow and his orphan.”

The new motto was written “by committee.” According to the VA, the agency consulted with 30,000 veterans, which included currently favored identity groups such as “LGBTQ+”, Latino, black, Asian, Native American, and—surprisingly—white veterans.

Echoing the concerns of popular social media influencers and promoters of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) left-wing politics, the VA said it wants anyone who comes to its facilities to “see themselves in the mission statement on the outside of the building.”

Of course, this will mean that, like the statues of American historical figures that have been coming down all over the US, the VA will be removing the plaques at half its facilities to retire the unacceptable Lincoln quotation.

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