Don't Ask. Don't Study.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am just plain sick an’ tired of useless commissions put in place by politicians that study nothin’ but what’s painfully obvious to the rest of us.
The newest version… the proposed congressional study of the ongoing Pentagon study of how repealin’ the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell legislation may affect our troops. C’mon, really? That seems about as useful as dried spit.
With today’s Senate vote, we’ve finally started on the path to repealing the homophobic and discriminatory legislation that prevents gays and lesbians from servin’ openly in our military. Somethin’ which nearly 80% of Americans already support.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but ain’t it Congress’s job to reflect the will of the people? We probably couldn’t get 80% of people to say the sky is blue, yet somehow that astounding percentage is perfectly aware that this ban is archaic and utterly useless.
Since the time of the Greeks, gays have fought along side heterosexuals with the utmost loyalty, fierceness, and honor. Plato himself wrote, “Even a small army composed of lovers and those they loved would pose a match for much larger armies.” Thus, this ain’t the first time gays have served, it won’t be the last, and we sure as hell don’t need some fancy study to tell us that everything’s gonna be just fine.
Back in 2004, it was estimated that at least 1.4% of men and 9.3% of women actively serving in our military describe themselves as gay or lesbian. I’d reckon that if they could do so without fear of discharge, that statistic would be much closer to the estimated 10% of gay men and women in the general population.
So, I think overall it’s awesome that we’ve made a step in the right direction. But do we really need to take two steps back by delayin’ the passage of much-supported and much-needed legislation? Even active members of military have spoken out about their support for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. How much more proof do you need?
I’d say Barry Goldwater had it right when he said… "You don't have to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just have to shoot straight."