Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Discriminate Anymore.

 

Mission accomplished.

~Letter to the editor, The Advocate

The time is always right to do the right thing, Dr. King said, and it was right for the Senate to finally end the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

The bigots and homophobes of the GOP like Saxby Chambliss shuffled their feet, scratched their heads and stammered out weak excuses.  “Should it be done at some point in time?   Maybe do, but in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to do it.”

When exactly is the right time for equal rights?   When exactly is it the right time to say, “We will honor the service of our brave soldiers and we will not single you out because of whom you choose to love.”  It was rednecks like Chambliss who said the same thing when it was Black Americans demanding an end to discrimation.DADT was an embarrassment and with its demise America moves one step closer to growing up a bit. 

But it fell to John McCain, the erstwhile “maverick” whose public slide into dementia continues to progress like a wildfire.   “So here we are about six weeks after an election that repudiated the agenda of the other side and those who would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are acting in direct repudiation of the American people”

Wrong again, Senator Self-Righteous.   A  Washington Post/ABC News poll last week revealed 77 percent of the American people want to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.  What’s being repudiated here is your ignorance and intolerance against soldiers whom happen to have a different sexual orientation and that’s what’s annoying you like a wart on your wrinkly ass.

A day ago, McCain was openly chortling over the defeat of a defense appropriates bill laden with $7 billion worth of pork barrel spending.   Now karma had boomeranged on him.   DADT has been ended and the margin of victory 65-31 wasn’t even close. 

McCain’s bitter vitriol proves how right the voters were in rejecting him in 2008.  He was unfit for the job.   Under a President McCain, an anti-gay policy would not have been repealed, but supported and advocated.  It took  President Obama to drive the stake into the heart of this beast of repugnant discrimination and I certainly hope all those progressives who have excoriated him over the tax cut compromise will take note that he delivered in full on this particular campaign policy. 

For all the HATERS out there whom have had a lot of fun whacking President Obama like a piñata for the tax cut compromise, since it was under his administration that DADT finally ended (something that would NEVER have happened if John McCain had won), I got five words for you: HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW? 

 
 

A small man continuing to grow smaller.

 

 

 Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals.  Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Care.

Service, not Silence.

Lt. Dan Choi drilled this weekend with his National Guard unit.  Nothing remarkable about a soldier serving with his unit.  Happens all the time.  What makes Choi special is he became an activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT),” the 17-year-old policy which has led to the forced separation of over 13,000 soldiers.

President Obama called for the repeal of DADT during his State of the Union address and Secretary of the Defense Robert Gates testified in Congressional hearings that it was time for the policy to be ended and homosexuals be allowed to serve in the armed forces.

As if they haven’t already?

In my own military service I recall two guys who got caught screwing each other and the military police marching them out of the barracks.  I never found out what happened to them but I had a pretty good guess.   They probably got grilled by the base commander for information on other homosexuals lurking among us, given a general, administrative or bad conduct discharge and booted out with no possibility of collecting any G.I. Bill benefits no matter how good of a job they did before they got caught.

Everyone that has served in the military has served with gay men and women. You went through basic training with them. You ate with them. You slept in the same barracks with them. You showered, shit and shaved with them. You pounded beers with them and bummed smokes off of them. You told your bad homo jokes and they laughed at them even when they didn’t want to.

A flamboyant heterosexual who’s grabbing every woman’s ass within reach and bragging about how much pussy he gets and chicks he’s banged, bugs me just as much as a flamboyant homosexual.  Maybe more.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) wrote an essay on The Huffington Post calling DADT a “discriminatory” policy that needs to be ended.

“… more than 400 service members were discharged from our armed services last year for no reason other than their sexual orientation. As we fight in two wars, it’s counter-productive, dangerous, and expensive to discharge men and women who have critical skills we need to win those wars, just because they’re gay,”  Udall said.

Gay men like Lt. Dan Choi volunteered to serve their country and if necessary, lay down his life to protect it.  Why should what he does behind closed doors as an consenting adult be a reason to kick him out.   Anyone who thinks DADT is such a great idea but never wore the uniform and saluted the flag really needs to shut up instead of criticizing someone who has the courage they lack.

Welcome back Lt. Choi.

Lt. Choi back in the military. Somehow the Republic survives.