Melissa and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

I was going to do a long drawn out blog on why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is stupid. I was going to give you research and an article and quotes from former Sec. of State Colin Powell from the 90s to highlight why the argument against allowing gays to defend the country is stupid.

I decided against it.

After the State of The Union, John McCain released this statement:

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. I am immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war, and I believe it would be a mistake to repeal the policy.

“This successful policy has been in effect for over fifteen years, and it is well understood and predominantly supported by our military at all levels. We have the best trained, best equipped, and most professional force in the history of our country, and the men and women in uniform are performing heroically in two wars. At a time when our Armed Forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy.”

via The Advocate website

This statement upset me for a number of reasons.  John McCain defines Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as successful but doesn’t define successful. I have a problem with generalized statements. Exactly what was Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supposed to do? I supposed his justifies the successful of this stupid policy by stating how great our armed forces doing and how they are sacrificing their lives. Which isn’t false, I have a deep respect for those who want to go into the armed forces and fight for the country. I don’t always agree with what our country chooses to do with the armed forces but I sure as hell support those doing the work.

Now. How does that support keeping Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Don’t hurt your head. It doesn’t.  Is he saying that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has kept the gays out and look how swell it is? Because that’s false, there are gay men and women in defending the country.  I’m sure even he’s aware of this because who else is DADT kicking out of the armed forces.

It’s almost time for me to eat lunch so I’ll make this quick. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is unbelievable insulting. First, it was supposed to be a compromise. I think we’ll look up the word ‘compromise’ for Clinton right after we look up ‘successful’ for John McCain. I’m going to use ‘ain’t’ and a swear word now. Ain’t no way hell that’s a compromise.

Second, come on. If someone offers to dedicate their life to serving you and fighting battles you’re not going fight then who the hell are you to have any say about said person’s sexual orientation? What we have done right here is defined the word insult.

And on a practical level, can we really afford to be turning away people who WANT to join the armed forces because of something that doesn’t impair them physically or mentally? All these Army commercials say different.

And so that’s it. I can’t wait for President Obama to fulfill his promise in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and I HOPE John McCain cries about it. It is time we as Americans stop legitimatizing homophobia and hiding behind laws and distorting definitions of words like “successful.”

Melissa and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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