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Don’t ask, just do it!

Posted by keithosaunders on December 2, 2010

Certain things in life seem obvious to me.  There are so many complicated issues to deal with such as the economy, global warming, the situation in the Mideast, and our porous education system.  It is maddening to me that so much time and money has gone into proving that gay people should be allowed to serve in the military without fear of repercussions. 

This is where Barack Obama comes up short.  This should be the easiest thing he has to do in his administration.  Forget the Republicans, they will oppose him at any turn.  They have proven this unequivocally by failing to back a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.  Enough with the bi-partisanship.  This is about doing the right thing;  it is about proving that we are indeed a nation that does not discriminate based on color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Even allowing that there are a small percentage of servicemen who are homophobes, are we to believe that these people would feel threatened by serving alongside a gay man or woman?  I thought they were supposed to be tough! 

Here’s John McCain:

“I couldn’t disagree more,” Mr. McCain shot back. “We send these young people into combat, we think they’re mature enough to fight and die. I think they’re mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness.” 

Aren’t we lucky this man is not commander in chief? 

First of all, most of them would not object to serving alongside a gay person.  Second of all, it’s not up to the soldiers;  they are there to serve, not to effect policy.  Furthermore, aren’t we more than a little ashamed of this policy?  It’s bad enough that this country has a history of virulent racism.  You would think that we would be anxious to be rid of a policy that not only demeans, but embarrasses us. 

So I’m imploring Obama:  Don’t waste yours, or our time with superfluous commissions.  This one is a no-brainer.  Repeal it and dare the homophobes to defy you.

3 Responses to “Don’t ask, just do it!”

  1. jbiii said

    This whole issue is a non-issue . . . homosexuals and lesbians were in the military 39 years ago when I served. Back then they just didn’t feel the need to parade the fact in front of everyone, just as no heterosexual in their right mind parades around proclaiming their heterosexuality.

    As to the history of “virulent racism”? Come, come, man . . . Racism is inherent in the human race by nature, just as much (and quickly) as you will think your opinion is preferable to mine. But there is no more tolerant nation than America, for all its many faults. And if you think there is another country that is so, why are you compromising your beliefs by living here?

    Tell ya what, Dude. Take a 3 month sabbatical and go to “the-no-longer-virulently-racist” country of South Africa. Or post me and I will let my wife, a native of that country, explain the real meaning of “virulent racism” to you.

    To her, that will be a piece of cake. To you, it will be an education and a half.

    • Ah, that old chestnut! America, love it or leave it! I feel like it’s 1971 all over again. Let me see if I have this straight — (no pun intended) — in your day the fags knew their place. Are you out of your mind? I thought America was about equality. Truman issued an executive order integrating the army — Obama should do the same. Are we a moral nation or not?

      By the way, it is an issue. When we have two wars dragging on it behooves the military not to eliminate existing, and future servicemen. Just because other countries are racist doesn’t mean we have to be. I’m not going anywhere.

  2. jb said

    How in God’s name did you take what I wrote and twist it into that sick shit you just wrote? That old “chestnut?” None of what you said I said is what I said, and you damn well know it!

    And if Truman, who was the world’s first nuclear terrorist, is some kind of hero to you, then there is not much else I can say. You also tried to artfully dodge the racism issue, however, you missed the point completely. Mankind is racist, not particular nations. That is not desirable (NOR DID I SAY SO–SO PLEASE DO NOT IMPLY OR SAY THAT I DID), but merely, how things are.

    Man, Dude, you need to scope in on reality, rather than some goofy political perspective.

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