Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Anger.

You all know what happens when I get angry (and no, not turning into the She-Hulk here.)

Four words: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Outdated policy?  Sure.  It’s been, what?  At least ten years since we implemented this?  Times have changed.

Sure homophobes still exist.  So do racists and sexists and religious nutbags.  Hell, every sect, no matter what it is for (race, religion, gender, a political standpoint of ANY kind) should come with the warning label “May contain nuts.”

This country has freedoms.  Protected freedoms.  Specifically the freedom to be who and what you want to be.  You can’t be discriminated against by the government for being of a different race, whatever that race may be.  You can’t be discriminated by the government for your gender.  You can’t be discriminated against by the government for your religion either, despite the fact that there’s a prevailing anti-Muslim sentiment in this country.  And the same goes for your sexual orientation.

I’ve already discussed how I think this comes about, so that’s not my point.

Point being: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

For some reason, our military is allowed to get away with WAY too much discriminatory bullshit.  It took forever for the military to not only accept those of a different race (mainly blacks) but to stop using them as freaking human shields.  For a while the military only let in blacks to be shields for the better equipped white units.  They basically ran suicide missions.

It was the same way when women wanted to serve.  There was a claim that women couldn’t do all the stuff men can, when they have proven time and time again that the line of thinking was wrong.  During WWII, women took over factory jobs men said they could never do.  And they did it well.  And yet it still took another 30 years for women to even start getting some more basic treatment.  Still the military holds with it’s backwards ways.

Religion has never seemed to be much of an issue, but I’ll get to that point later.

Sexual orientation should have been the smallest on that list.  Of all the things that someone can complain about, letting a homosexual in the military should be the stupidest reason.  And yeah, it is the stupidest reason.  It’s really the most illogical one.  As if someone stops being a strong and courageous person because the like to take a dick (or munch a carpet.  Forgive my crudeness.)  As if being homosexual automatically makes you a wimp (or a bulldyke.  We all know the men don’t want a woman showing them up.)

Why would you worry about that?

Okay DADT was instilled in the 90’s.  This is right after we found out about AIDS and how it pretty much kept (back then) to junkies and the gay community.  And everyone was scared because no one understood the disease and no one really understood homosexuality either.  Because years back someone somewhere decided it was wrong and stuck it in a religion and everyone took that as doctrine.  DADT made it illegal to ask about sexual orientation on a recruitment form but it made known knowledge of sexual orientation a dismissible offense.

But times change, and with the advent of technology, times change rather quickly.  This policy is now outdated.

Think about it.  We are in a war and have been for a while.  Almost 10 years now by my count, despite the fact that “active combat” ended shortly after it began.  Made the people at home feel better, but think about the soldiers out there and the rather active combat that they face every freaking day.  To me, this is stupidity on a grandiose scale.  They fight for someone else’s politics, for reasons kept mostly secret and mostly driven by greed.  If you can’t tell, I am firmly in the position of “love the soldier, hate the war.”  I don’t believe this war is right.  I do not, however, blame the troops and support them with all my heart.  I thank them for having the courage to do something I can not.

Not the point.  We are at war.  We have been for a while.  A long, long while.  And we need volunteers.  Most of us know that a draft would end as badly as it did in Vietnam.  Those that don’t want to go will find some way to not go.  We need as many volunteers as we can.  Think of the problems the military is having as well.

Many people are going back and doing more tours than they thought they would.  They’re staying longer and longer and visits home are getting to be few and far between.  Those that are coming home, physically injured or not, are mentally traumatized and the military is doing nothing about it.  We know that suicides among troops are growing.  This shit is serious.  We’ve already had one person snap and start taking everyone with him.  Fort Hood, remember?

So we need people to replace those that can’t fight anymore.  DADT prevented a lot of that.  If the military found out about your sexuality, however they did it, you were simply dismissed.  We lost over 13,000 soldiers since that law was put in place because of that.  13,000 isn’t a small number.  That number equals about 4,000 troops a year due to dismissals.  That doesn’t count the number of recruits you’re loosing out on.

And still the military tried to fight it.  Claiming left and right just how bad it would be.  But then they started polling some of the soldiers.  The study showed it all.  Over 70% that it would be okay, that it would make know difference to them knowing that the soldier they were serving with was homosexual.

No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. (Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)

This ^

Oh and this is a good one.  My one friend is a Marine and said to me that those stats were only surveys that 99% of the soldiers guessed on because they just wanted to go home.  Uh huh.  Let me give you the facts.  1) The study was a year-long global study of active-duty reserve troops and their families.  Respondents answers were classified into 4 categories: 1) I don’t care, 2) It’s not a big deal, but if I’m uncomfortable with something, I’ll address the source directly, 3) I’m uncomfortable, I’m going to raise the issue with my chain of command and 4) Hi, I’m a member of Westboro Baptist Church.  The most prevalent answer to questions like “What if your commanding officer was gay?” and “What if a gay coupled lived next to the base?” was…wait for it…

I DON’T CARE.

That is a HUGE step.  Especially in a survey of actual troops commisioned by the Pentagon of all places. The second most common answer was “It doesn’t bother me, but if I have an issue I’ll address the person directly.”  This is good!  It shows the military is full of actual, rationally-thinking people!  When it came to troops who have worked directly with a fellow service member they knew to be openly gay, fully 92% said that their unit’s ability to work together was either “very good, good, or neither good nor poor.

Must remember, however, that he is a Marine and out of all the branches, they were the only ones who were stuck so solidly in the past.  Mostly because, for some reason, the military has it’s own law that prevents most women from engaging in as much combat as the Marine has.  As a result it’s very much still the “man’s army” segment with all it’s macho bs-ing.  I love my Marine friends, but you don’t see many female Marines even in this era where we know women can do just as much as men can.

He claims repelling the law will cause too much friction.  I say, you won’t even know the law has been repelled.  To you, it will be just a piece of paper.  Another policy from the government just like the Health Bill that you don’t think about much.

Think about it.  The repel of DADT, which has just passed, does not force anyone to come out of the closet if they don’t want to.  What it does do is guarantee that you won’t be forced to leave because of it.  He claims that someone will get killed by a teammate just because they know his or her sexuality.  Granted, there may be isolated cases of that.  But say you’ve been fighting alongside this guy for a year or so now.  And you come to find out, by complete chance, that this guy that you’ve been very close with happens to prefer other guys to girls.  My guess is that, while it may freak you out, you are still going to remember how that guy fights.  How courageous he is.  How he may have helped you out during a combat situation.  You know you can trust this guy.  The majority of soldiers are going to let his actions speak over his sexuality.  And if someone starts shit, you can bet your ass there may be a whole unit of people ready to help defend the guy from the bigot.

Many activists hope that integrating openly gay troops within the military will lead to greater acceptance in the civilian world, as it did for blacks after President Harry Truman’s 1948 executive order on equal treatment regardless of race in the military.  (From The Buffalo News)

The military remains the great equalizer.  Just like we did after President Truman desegregated the military, we’ll someday look back and wonder what took Washington so long to fix it.  (Sen. John Kerry)

If you don’t know, it won’t cause any friction at all.  My guess is, you still won’t know who is and who isn’t and it’s about as much of a crapshoot that someone is as it’s always been.  Get all that?  You still won’t know who is and who isn’t.  It will still be a whole guessing game.  Just like before the repel of the law.

By the way: if the repel of the law makes you start wondering who is leering at you in the shower, you should come to a few realizations.  1) You’ve probably wondered that the whole time and the law makes no difference.  2) You are borderline homophobic.  3) You are not that much of a stud.  Just because you have the parts does not automatically mean they will be on you like vultures on a carcass.  With all due respect, please pull your head out of your sphincter.  (BTW one of the questions on that lovely little survey was “Would you take a shower?”)

And remember how I mentioned religion is protected?  Those who already have a problem with sexuality are going to have a problem with religion too, I bet.  Better start polling the military to see what religion you are.  We all know of the anti-Muslim sediment in the US, which is probably hugely prevalent in the military.  Ever thought that some of those Muslims might be fighting alongside you?  Or would that scare you too?

And all this started over a simple Facebook status.  I quoted our great president as saying:

“It is time to close this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.”

It’s true.  Just because you’re homosexual (or bisexual or whatever-sexual) does not mean you are any less of a soldier and there’s NO reason why you should feel that way.  NONE.  The repel of this law gives homosexuals more freedom to show that.  They can sign up without fear and without discrimination.

To the rest of you: suck it the fuck up.

PS: I really hate people claiming our president, 2 scant years into his term, is the “worst president in history.”  Please, before you open your mouth, go and research some shit.

Worst was probably Franklin Pierce who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which pretty much allowed the expansion of slavery. He even continued to recognize it when it was found to have been elected upon illegally.

Obama is the janitor called in to clean up the rather shit covered house that is our country right now.  Blaming our problems on him is to forget who came before him and we know that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.  (Have I mentioned I think this war is like another Vietnam?)

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~ by ladyruby07 on December 19, 2010.

One Response to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

  1. Marvelously entertainingly written. 😀 Also, all well-said, sound points.

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