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    Despite Vows to Reverse Them, Changing Base Names Has Noble Purpose

    Despite Vows to Reverse Them, Changing Base Names Has Noble Purpose

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    Those who hope to become president of the United States should not play politics with the renaming of bases.

    Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, hoping to wrest the nomination from Donald Trump, declared at North Carolina's Republican convention last month that if he becomes president, he'll change the name of Liberty in Fayetteville, North Carolina, back to Fort Bragg. The name became Fort Liberty June 2.

    Former Vice President Mike Pence also promised the crowd that he'll restore the Fort Bragg name.

    Both men dismissed the name change at the largest U.S. military as “political correctness.” DeSantis vowed, “We're not gonna let political correctness run amok in North Carolina,” and Pence said he will “end the political correctness in the hallways of the Pentagon.”

    DeSantis frequently criticizes the military for being “woke,” the derisive term for “politically correct” among those who claim “liberals” worry too much about social justice and offending groups of people.

    As president, Trump, opposed to the Defense Department's plans to remove names honoring the Confederacy, vetoed the defense authorization bill for 2021. Congress overrode the…

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