Thursday, December 9, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Take a Stand

Yesterday a bill to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays in the military died in the Senate. 

The president is the commander-in-chief, right?  Obviously presidents have a method to their madness (not the least of which is, whether it's politically expedient to pass a certain public policy at a particular moment).  But if Obama really wants to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," as commander-in-chief he could just say, "Look, folks, this is how it's gonna be going forward.  If you don't like it, come home."

I've never served in the military.  I'm humbled by those who do.  That said, I can't understand the logic behind banning gays in the military. 

And I would argue that, if you're more concerned about whether the guy next to you in the foxhole is thinking about what you look like naked, and less concerned about an enemy who wants to destroy the American way of life, a way of life in which the protection of civil liberties is cherished, then maybe you shouldn't be serving.  Someone like that doesn't give me confidence that they'll have their priorities straight in the heat of battle.

1 comment:

  1. somehow I think the pres has to coordinate that or get approval of that in a similar manner to how many fighter jets will be ordered this year, BUT, it does seem rather ridiculous that people who can pay taxes can't have the same rights as others... civil rights still has quite a ways to go on many fronts