Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Why is the current Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy for gays serving in the military not good enough, and what is the military’s real reason for objecting to its repeal?

Homosexuality has been around since the Old Testament when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, so does anyone really believe that gays haven’t served with distinction in the military while remaining in the closet? Of course not. Marines even refer to them as Martha Stewarts. And, the military has loathed homosexual behavior as a threat to morale for just as long, so do gays really believe the end of DADT will suddenly make them acceptable? Again, of course not. So, what is each side really saying in this fight?

Gays equate public acceptance of homosexuality with moral acceptance and relish any opportunity to flaunt their behavior in the face of public scrutiny. Having conquered every other public arena with laws codifying legal equality, they set their sights on the last major holdout in acceptance of what they consider to be an overwhelmingly obvious civil rights issue by targeting the military. The military is famous as the last bastion of heterosexual dominance in our society. Forcing the military to cave in and accept open homosexual behavior furthers their cause only in the sense that all publicly funded bodies are forced to deal with them openly. Will this end their cause? No. They will merely emulate other grievance groups and morph into entitlement seekers.

The military is seized in the grip of political correctness and unable to articulate their impression that repeal of DADT will lead to disruptions in the chain of command as gays emboldened by their success will engage in behavior that erodes the command structure while hiding behind the new regulations. Additionally, the military is not looking forward to enduring the shame of openly gay parades on military facilities they will now be powerless to stop. Under DADT, gays could serve but had to remain in the closet. With repeal, all bets are off. Imagine what the spectacle of flaming gay behavior will do for military recruitment when teenagers decide to take a pass on the pansy platoon. Hard to promote the warrior ethos with that around, but, with the threat of budget cuts looming over the horizon, the military doesn’t want to appear to bite the hand that feeds them.

Personally, I couldn’t care less what people do in private and don’t want to know since it’s between them and God. I believe in live and let live, but gays don’t seem to share that opinion.

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2 Responses to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

  1. Jeanette says:

    Tom, I respect your historical perspective and critical analysis in this piece on the subject of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but I think it’s good to remember that to lump the entire American gay demographic into your statements, i.e., “Gays equate public acceptance,” “relish any opportunity to flaunt their behavior in the face of public scrutiny,” “gays don’t seem to share that opinions,” leans too much toward a broad brush analysis. My unresearched and unscholarly guess at the percentage of gays you reference here would be more like a 20/80% ratio. Your statements imply 100%. Your thoughts? Interesting article. Love the opening.

  2. Tom Roberson says:

    Jeanette, you are correct that my statements imply 100%. I was thinking more of the vocal leftist in-your-face gay rights crowd and should have made that distinction.

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