“Gay rights” has never really been one of my issues, but it’s clear to me that we have a double standard as a society and now it’s on my radar screen. The latest news out of the military seems to place the whole issue in a particularly striking light, and it certainly does merit some mention.
“Those of us signing this letter have dedicated our lives to defending the rights of our citizens to believe whatever they wish,” the letter reads. “As Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs said when the … policy was enacted, it is not the place of the military or those in senior leadership to make moral judgments.”
The letter claims that 65,000 homosexuals are currently serving in the armed forces. It also references over one million gay veterans who “have served our nation honorably.”
If we can’t do the right thing for the right reason, I guess doing it all still beats the alternative. Gays have always been in the military, as with pretty much every place else in society I guess. It was just not something which we were mature enough to admit publicly. I don’t know if the thought was that the whole situation would go away if ignored, or what.
However, with recruiting being down and all, it’s now okay to let them open the closet door a crack and maybe even aks them to die for us on the battlefield if it happens to be their time. A fairly magnanimous gesture on our part, certainly would be to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” And it makes one wonder why we can’t just grow up and put the past behind us once and for all. After all, death being the ultimate sacrifice, it seems like all of the rest of the discrimination ought to be pretty easy for us to get out of the way.