Saturday, December 16

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The United States military has a curious method for dealing with homosexuals. They call it “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because the basis of it is they will not ask you if you are gay and you must not volunteer that information if you are gay. It is like covering your eyes so you won’t see something you don’t like. If you can’t see it, it isn’t there, right?

The Congress has hemmed and hawed about repealing this rule. They keep asking for more studies and questioning whether it would be right to make a change during a time of war. Senator John McCain said he was not sure about it, and he would wait to see the results of a study the military was conducting. The results were made public, and the military basically said it would not be a problem to allow members of the armed forces to be openly gay. McCain then said he needed more studies.

The stalling is the result of staunch opposition by religious fundamentalists. They believe homosexuality is evil, and those who practice that lifestyle are evil. President Obama has said he would like to end the policy, but that it is the job of congress to do so. He is right in that respect, but congress is not doing its job. He should, in his capacity as commander-in-chief, issue an executive order that ends implementation of the policy. Harry Truman did it regarding racial segregation, even though 70% of people on active duty opposed ending it. As commander-in-chief, he just said “Now hear this” and that was that. Obama needs to show the same kind of backbone and just order it ended.

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