Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was never a good thing. There’s so much that was just plain wrong about that whole policy that it is sort of mind-boggling that it has lasted so long.
Let me be the first to say that I served with gay men (at least we all thought they were gay), and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference to me, or to anyone else. I was on a ship, too, so you would think that being in close quarters with a gay guy would make matters worse, but it didn’t. It might be different in combat, but my guess is that when you’re getting shot at you’re not really wondering if the gay dude in your platoon is checking out your ass.
So will allowing gay men and women to openly serve really hurt anything? No one on the JCS seems to think it will. Admiral Mullen thinks that everything will be fine, and even the top dog at the Pentagon said that there won’t be any problem.
Why? Because it seriously is not that big of a deal anyway. Not only is it not a big deal, but it was incredibly hypocritical to have DADT in place anyway. Think about it: we’re all about people pursuing whatever makes them happy so long as they’re not causing any real harm to others, and we wanted to tell gays that they’re not allowed to serve their country and defend that very right we all enjoy?
You cannot honestly believe in things like equality and egalitarianism while simultaneously denying a person the right to defend his or her country—and based on what, their morality? That’s laughable at best, because our service-members are anything but “moral.” Many of them are extreme promiscuous and adulterous. There are plenty of liars, cheats, and thieves among them. Hell, many of them are only in the military because a judge told them it was either that or jail. So are we to bar service to all but the most virtuous and moral of Americans?
A good soldier, sailor, marine, or airman is not determined by who he or she fucks. It’s determined by what that person is able to do under pressure in order to accomplish the goals set by the powers that be.
And I’ve known enough soldiers and marines to know that they are anything but homophobic. I don’t give a god damn how many people you’ve killed: tea bagging another dude, i.e. putting your balls in another guy’s mouth, is completely fucking gay. The moment your junk has voluntarily touched another dude is the moment you lose any right to gay-bash.
The fact of the matter is that everyone who is physically and mentally capable has the right to serve his or her country. No one should be denied service because of his or her lifestyle choices that have no harmful bearing on said person or on others.
For those of you who enjoy splitting hairs, I realize that gays have always been “allowed” to serve in the military, but telling the whole DADT thing was a logical fallacy anyway. The policy is that you can’t be gay and serve, although if you pretend that you’re not gay then you can serve, even if you are gay. So if you’re found to be gay, then you couldn’t serve. No matter how you slice it, gays were formally barred from service, and now it seems they won’t be.
I guess we can’t be too mad that DADT existed, I mean we do have a habit of making laws and regulations that are unconstitutional, right? My guess is, though, that we only bitch about constitutionality when it’s something we don’t agree with. Thank God we preserved our moral core for so long. Now I guess the whole country is going to die because we finally realized that it’s wrong to deny people rights based on sexual orientation.
What ever shall we do?!