Don’t ask/Don’t tell ‘repeal’ ISN’TPosted by Jack Howser on Monday, December 20th, 2010 @ 8:15 pm.
Gays in the military: It isn’t a question of whether they’re there; it isn’t a question of whether they’ve always been there and nothing can change that. What it IS a question of is whether they SHOULD be there, and what the morale is of those heteros in the military who become aware that gays are serving side-by-side with them and what that does to the psyche of the straight soldier/sailor/airman/marine.
Until Bill Clintoon’s administration, it was a given that the military didn’t want homosexuals serving. Period. Removal from the service was the result of gay behavior, men or women. And that’s what this is ultimately about—behavior.
Then, ol Bill decided it was uncool to make a person promise they weren’t gay/wouldn’t be gay, and established “Don’t ask/Don’t tell,” meaning that gays wouldn’t be questioned about their sexuality, up to and including removal from the service, and in turn gays would just kinda keep it to themselves.
Now, “Don’t ask/Don’t tell” is in the process of being repealed. And not removed back to pre-1990s, wherein gays would no longer be permitted in the military. It’s being removed altogether, if this socialist president has his way.
So our question tonight is this: is it okay for gays to be openly gay in the ranks of the military? What does that do to the servicemen and women and their ability to follow through with their sworn duty?
The above portrayal is supposedly a portrayal of the kind of comradely behavior amongst soldiers of many decades ago; those soldiers likely felt comfortable doing such things because back then, gays weren’t supposed to be in the military. It’s currently estimated that 5 -6 percent of the American population is gay (and here we use ‘gay’ as a designation for male and female; we don’t care about the current distinction between the two in today’s lexicon). If 5 percent of the above guys are gay, that’s a really slim margin. So WHY is a big deal being made of this issue?
It’s because to people in combat readiness and mission preparation, that 94-95 percent heteros don’t need anything else to worry about…and unfortunately, being in constant close proximity to a gay person is ‘something else.’ It undermines the security of missions that are high-stress or mentally and emotionally draining, like combat. I’ve been there; I know. ‘Don’t ask/Don’t tell’ undermined that in some way, because there was no longer the possibility of expelling for inappropriate behavior, as it was ‘okay’ for gays to serve as long as they didn’t flaunt it. Now, apparently, they’re wanting to flaunt it. And if you think a lot of high-quality servicemen and women have gotten out of the service over the past several years due to this and other such changes, wait and see what happens if it becomes okay for openly-gay people to not keep it to themselves.
It’s not an issue of ‘tolerance.’ It’s an issue of behavior. Our military is doing everything it can to maintain what it has in the face of constant cutbacks, Base Realignment and Closure (Clintoon did a fine job screwing with THAT too) and too many tours back to back. It doesn’t need anything else undermining it. And contrary to what ‘statistics’ are showing, most military people—those who see it as a career, who take it seriously—don’t want openly homosexual people serving alongside them…because of the behavior, and because of the morale issue of the 94 percent.
So…what do you think? Weigh in. Just because we are opposed to gays in the military at all doesn’t mean your voice can’t be heard; what are the arguments? Post away; I gotta step away from the computer for a bit and I’ll check back.
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