Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

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Gays in the military

February 3, 2010

There are few institutions in America that better represent the ‘can do’ spirit of America than the military.  The military prides itself on accomplishing the mission no matter what and it is that attitude that makes it such a fine  representation of America.  The military also has a reputation, though not always justifiably, for being famously chauvinistic and demeaning to minorities, women and gays.  ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ downplays the best the military has to offer while highlighting the worst and it should be repealed to allow gay service members to serve openly. 

My fundamental problem with the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy is that it is grounded in the idea that being gay is a problem.  For example, if  sharing a tent with a gay soldier makes me uncomfortable, the assumption is made that being gay is a problem and therefore something the gay soldiers needs to deal with, either by finding another tent, hiding who they are, or leaving the military.  In my  mind being gay is not a problem, which means that any insecurities I may have about sharing a tent with a gay soldier is my problem, and because it is my problem, it is incumbent on me to deal with it, not my gay tentmate.  Those who support ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ do so because they believe that being gay is a problem, a deviation from the norm, but my problem with this belief is that it is ultimately based on religious teachings, which I consider to be a false premise for any argument. 

Without going into questioning the overall validity of religion, let’s just say that religious teachings are highly flexible, meaning they can be made to say whatever you want them to say.  For every person who claims religion bans homosexuality I’ll find you another who says religion should be tolerant of all people.  Any argument that uses religion as its foundation is immediately suspect because, ultimately, it boils down to how a person has chosen to interpret a supposedly divine edict, and no matter how sure that person may be of their particular interpretation, there is no way to be sure and it therefore should not be considered as a suitable cornerstone for any social policy.

‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ isn’t about unit cohesion, command influence, troop morale, or any of the other justifications supporters of the policy use to bolster their arguments.  In the end, arguments in favor of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ boil down to nothing more than the religiously based idea that homosexuality is wrong.  By stripping away the facade of concern over military integrity the true foundation of ‘ don’t ask don’t tell’ is revealed.  I’m glad our Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs are finally attacking that support with a wrecking ball.

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The universe has been righted!

January 20, 2010

Just when I started to think that the world had gone all topsy turvy on me and the democrats were actually about to accomplish something, the universe stepped in and reminded us that while there are few constants in life, ‘democrats can’t do shit,’ is one of them.  How on earth do you lose the senate seat that was occupied by one of the most liberal politicians from one of the most liberal political families in one of the most liberal states in America when the signature issue for which that politician spent his whole life championing is the primary issue of the election!?!  I’ll tell you how – you run a Democrat.  The best part of all this is that it reveals just how little respect people have for the Democratic Party.  Everyone in the world is saying that with the loss of the senate seat and the supermajority Obama’s health care plan is dead and that all his initiatives will need to be scaled back, even though the Democrats still maintain a majority in both the Senate and House.  In other words, the only way the Democrats can accomplish anything is if they are allowed to operate without any opposition.  The Democrats had a full year to push through a health care package with no opposition other than from within their own party, and even then they failed!  Democrats are simply incapable of doing anything when there is any hint of resistance, regardless of whether it is internal or external.   Now that they have to deal with a newly strengthened Republican party, the odds of the Democrats getting a health care bill passed are even smaller.  The Simpon’s had it dead on when they showed the Springfield Democratic Party that met in ‘Trader Earths’ and was made up of the flamboyant gay guy, Mr. Smithers, Bumblebee Man, Comic Book Guy, and Marge.  Compare this to the Springfield Republican Party, which includes Fat Tony, two fat white guys, Count Dracula, the Texas oil guy, Mr. Burns, Rainier Wolfcastle, Dr. Hibert, and Reverend Lovejoy’s wife.