Kudos to our elected officials. Once again they have disregarded the will of the American people and passed legislation that is clearly against the wishes of the people they were elected to serve. I’m talking of course about the Clinton administrations discriminatory policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. That was the policy of our armed forces with respect to homosexuals and until now was accomplishing what it was intended to do: allow homosexuals to serve without fear of being discharged as long as they kept their sexual preferences private. When it comes to a vast organization that includes people from many and diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures this was a pretty good compromise. Gay issues have repeatedly failed time and again nationwide when placed on the ballot, even in gay friendly California.
Now despite protests from the Army and Marine Corps and without any consideration of the front line troops who will be most impacted by this newest liberal form of social engineering, this policy will be foisted on our battlefield commanders during war-time. Nice going Congress. As if the generals don’t have enough to worry about. Keep in mind this policy isn’t addressing if gays CAN serve. Rather it allows them to serve OPENLY. Like a military barracks or fort or compound is a place for anyone to be displaying outward signs of their homosexuality. What exactly does our military, tasked with killing people and breaking things in the name of national defense have to gain by allowing this type of behavior? Nothing. Gay soldiers will now form advocacy groups and pressure Congress for even more lax regulations (like getting married or co-habitation) until it becomes nearly impossible to regulate soldiers conduct. That’s not a good way to manage thousands of professional soldiers.
Our soldiers, sailors and airmen must often share the most intimate living facilities under some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. Allowing open homosexuality in what is overwhelmingly a heterosexual force is quite frankly detrimental to the mission. It will undoubtedly cause a breakdown in the good order and morale in some units and at the worst will cause mission failures. And unless gay people line up and sign up in droves, it will hurt recruiting. Many people will simply choose not to enlist faced with having to put up with that kind of environment. I served in one of the most confined areas of the military, the Armor corps. I will tell you right now there are plenty of people who will have a problem being confined for long periods of time in close proximity to homosexuals. That’s the way it is and no law Congress passes will change that.
But the fact that gays will now be allowed to serve openly doesn’t bother me much. I don’t like it and I don’t approve of it based on my religious beliefs and I am entitled to them (despite what democrats say). I really don’t care what they do with their lives. What does bother me though is that we see once again liberal RINO republicans like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and the despicable Lisa Murkowski broke with their party in order to accommodate the likes of Nancy Pelosi and the lunatic left:
Eight moderate Republicans joined 55 Democrats and two independents in a final vote of 65-31 to pass a stand-alone bill that was protected from legislative attack by a special procedure devised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as one of her last acts as leader of the chamber. LINK