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Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a Start – But Fails to go Far Enough

Finally!

Our leaders in Washington D.C. have seen the light and stopped this insane notion that our military is primarily and foremost a fighting unit whose single purpose is to protect and defend this country. We all know in our heart of hearts that our military should be more like a social club with guns reflecting the current state of the moral condition of the country.

In the past, homosexuality was condemned as a sin and as such, the military should (and did) reflect the country’s position on this. But as we grew more enlightened through the benefits of secularism and the crusades against Christianity and all things moral, those views changed. Under President Clinton this erosion of morality was finally allowed to seep into our military in the form of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This was a reflection of the times and it took a Democrat to finally give in to the hedonistic trends of the country – the preparedness of the military be damned. And this was a good thing.

While it took 17 long years to fully erode American morality and society to the point where one’s chosen behavior has finally reached a plateau equal to one’s physical characteristics (i.e. male or female, white or black), and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has finally gone the way of the Ten Commandments, banished to the hinterlands of obscurity in the name of the new morality, we must all realize that it does not go far enough.

The evils of discrimination still exist in our military.

Are you aware that individualism and singleness of expression are still being thwarted by the government? For instance, our Soldiers and Sailors are still being told what to wear. Why should our uniformed services be forced to put on any particular clothing at all? This is blatant discrimination to all who want to use their clothing as an expression of individuality.

Rastafarians, Hasidic Jews and even Muslims are forced to cut their hair and shave their face. One could understand the open and willful discrimination if these people practiced the Christian faith, but really. What is the meaning of disallowing dreadlocks and facial hair? Discipline and uniformity be damned. Individualism is far more important than protecting the country!

And really, shouldn’t we enforce arms control on these military types? Granted, the Fort Hood shootings by Muslim crazy man Nidal Hasan is a great example of how well our government is doing in keeping weapons out of the hands of our military so far. Hasan was able to shoot 43 people, killing 13, before someone with a gun came along to return fire. While it is amazing that a person can shoot 43 people on a military base before someone with a gun arrives, still someone with a gun did show up, which indicates we have work to do in regulating weapons on military bases. We all know that the appearance of safety is far more important than actual safety. The fact that if all of the soldiers were allowed to carry sidearms the shooter would have been stopped immediately is really beside the point, isn’t it?

Ok. Enough sarcasm.

The point is, the military is unlike civilian life in every respect. By design. Keeping this country safe, acting as a deterrent, and prosecuting wars and missions to achieve that mandate is the only thing that matters. Individualism, race, gender and even chosen behaviors like religion and sexual preferences (not that the two are equivalent) are secondary. There is no place in military life for individualism. None of these characteristics matter.

The fact that one is Black, White, Asian or Hispanic is absolutely irrelevant in the military. One’s sex (as in gender) only matters insofar as one’s ability to perform the task at hand. There are a lot of wimpy (male) geeks who can fly a drone quite well but would be unable to fend off a lot of women in the military today in hand to hand combat.

If you can do the job, you should be allowed to do it no matter the race or sex.

Chosen behaviors are quite another matter. One has no choice but to be “openly” female, Asian or Black. These are physical characteristics.

Being “openly” Jewish in a Muslim country is another matter. Females must put on appropriate cover when in countries that demand it. Christianity is disallowed in many countries as are bibles. The Pentagon has even burned bibles in Afghanistan to avoid offending the country’s Muslims.

But the whole premise of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is supposed to be because gays wish to serve in the military. But the fact is, this whole notion is less about serving and more about being gay. Otherwise, it would not matter. One can be gay and serve. And being gay is a behavioral choice.

I would assume that being “openly” gay in Muslim countries would include the “right” to practice the “lifestyle” in Muslim countries as well. If not, expect lawsuits.

And I would expect that Christians, Jews, Rastafarians and Buddhists would begin filing lawsuits to be allowed to openly express their freedom of religion in any country they happen to be deployed in without government imposed restrictions.

It is a sad day when our government would allow the beliefs and “feelings” of countries with which we are at war to force our military to conform to the views of that country while totally ignoring the moral views of those within the military who believe homosexuality is a sin. In the civilian world, one who is offended by another’s behavior is free to get up and walk away. Not so in the military.

The inevitable increase in “blanket parties” (which I personally witnessed, but did not participate in during my own Naval service) and, worse, “friendly” fire incidents are also a part of this decision.

The unintended consequences of this decision to allow one’s individual behavior to define their service will prove to be aq detrimental distraction with life shattering results, imposed on the military by a militarily illiterate class of liberal legislators who will never understand the nature of the military.

The military is different from civilian life. While creature comforts and accommodations are sometimes good, forcing something so controversial upon the people tasked with protecting us is never a good idea.

And to those who see this policy as somehow anti gay, you are simply wrong. One of the first things that you learn in the military is that you are fighting for the rights of other Americans, and during your time doing so, you forgo many of the same rights and privileges that you may be asked to lay down your life to protect for others.

Ironically, many of the rights you fight to protect for others are things you disagree with. Westboro Baptist Church’s attacks on funerals of fallen soldiers being a prime example. Christian soldiers fight to allow atheists’ the right to attack Christianity, Jews fight to protect the freedom of religion for Muslims, some of whom harbor ill will towards the same Jews.

You are a Soldier, a Sailor or a Marine first and last. You volunteered (as is the case of everyone presently serving) to give up your rights and subject yourself to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A code so harsh that you can technically be charged with “destruction of government property” for getting sunburned. You are government property. Period.

Allowing individualism and preferred behavior to become a right in the military is a fast track to complete destruction of our ability to fight. This is not so much a gay issue as it is a path to military erosion. This is simply the first step of many.

And it’s a step in the wrong direction.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a Start – But Fails to go Far Enough”

  1. Johndoeskii says:

    Not well thought out. Tons of unintended consequences and major disruption. For instance. This repeal will open the door for “Trans Gendered” soldiers. What barracks will they be assigned? Also, what about the partially trans gendered? Women who have had their breast removed and take hormones to be male but still have female genitial? Or men who take hormones and have breast implants but still have male genitial? Keep in mind that poor hormone maintenance dictates that when the artificial hormones wear off the previous chacracteristics return. Where will these creatures shower? Will female solders stay in the same baracks as “Chaz Bono”? Or would he/she shower with the men? I don’t believe Chaz has the full male toolset. He/she could claim discrimination. This will eventually end up at the supreme court.

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