Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and my thoughts on Our Troops

Posted: May 24, 2010 in Political Commentary, The Blog!

In 1993, President Clinton passed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. This was looked at as basically a compromise between people who think clearly and are rational against those people with prejudice and homophobia. What “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” essentially did was allow gays in the military as long as they kept it quiet while at the same time stopped people from hunting down people who they thought might have been gay. At the time, nearly 20 years ago, the world was a little different and because people were still so homophobic i’m sure it was a good idea. Now, fast forward 17 years , and we have the same issue on our hands. Today, the White House and members of Congress met to speak about the possible repeal of this bill. Gay’s need to be treated just as equal as anyone else. Sure, we have made progress over the years but there is still way to much prejudice in this country which includes homophobia. If someone wants to serve their country in the form of the military, why should they be denied because of their sexual orientation? We need to stop protecting the homophobia of certain people in this country by denying the rights to others. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed, this country has come a long way over the years but we’re not done yet. Letting people serve their country is an honor and they should be commended for there duties. I know I have been an outspoken critic of the War in Iraq, but what a lot of people (mostly conservatives) try to say is that because someone is against the war that they are against the troops and the country. The truth is, I care about the troops and my country. My grandfather served in the US Navy during World War 2, I have other members of my family as well as friends who served in the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. I care arguably more about my country than those with there American Flags held hide screaming about how great the war is. I care enough to the point that I want everyone of them to be treated equally and with the respect they deserve and not be but in a position like the Iraq war were they are risking there lives because of as George Bush put it, “bad intelligence”. Homosexuals, blacks, whites, Hispanic, Asian…it doesn’t matter. If they are Americans who want to fight for their country they should be allowed, and i’ll end this by quoting a friend of mine who served in the Army and in Iraq. When asked about whether he cared if there were gay’s in the military, he turned to me and said “Can they shoot?”. Doesn’t matter folks, cause when your in battle, your not gonna care if someone is gay, just as long as they have your back.

  1. Bobby says:

    Great post man. You hit the nail on the head. Like I told you today, if they can shoot and do their job and watch my back, I don’t care what race they are, what religion they follow, what sex they are, or anything like that crap. I wish this stupid and ignorant policy would have never been created but at the same time I would imagine that it helped homosexuals feel a bit safer in the military so it’s not all bad. Maybe if they, the politicians, not the homosexuals, had gone about it in a different way things would have played have different but it could have been worse. Hopefully it will be repealed soon and we as a country can be rid of this form of “legal discrimination.”

  2. dori says:

    awesome post, Robby – and I couldn’t agree more. I’m sure Obama wants to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell”……I just hope the wingnut contingent doesn’t block him from doing so…….

  3. Eric says:

    You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.
    Barry Goldwater

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