Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think

This is absolutely infuriating.

Over 75% of Americans now (actually, as of 10 months ago) believe that gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in our military. The armies of 13 major countries, including 3 of our closest allies, one of whom is arguably the greatest man-for-man fighting force of the modern age, all allow open service. And our President campaigned on the promise that he would end this ridiculous policy that does nothing but harm our national security and the lives of the brave men and women volunteers who are fired because of it. Since 9/11, the US Army has fired at least 59 Arab linguists because of their sexual orientation - how is this sane military policy? To paraphrase Jon Stewart, you can torture them all you like, but that's not going to make them speak English.

I was a huge supporter of the President during the election, but I am not so partisan that I cannot call it like I see it....

Mr. President, tear down this wall.


Doug Bayer said...

Not that I don't agree with you, because I do, but this is a perfect example of this country's predisposition to focus on niche social issues when there are much larger concerns. If you took the amount of time spent, intellectual power, and money arguing about gay marriage, gays in the military, prayer in school, abortion, etc., and focused that energy on ending the war in Iraq, fixing health care, energy independence, and the host of other things plaguing us, we might be able to make some real progress. Just my two cents.

Br'er Bear said...

I see your point, but why do the two have to be mutually exclusive? As far as putting "our" time and energy into fixing health care, ending the war in Iraq etc., when you get down to nuts and bolts, that is the work of our President and Congress, not citizens, and while people like you and I (and Rachel Maddow) may be discussing this stuff - not to the exclusion of those other topics, I'd add - it's obvious that the focus of the Pres/Congress has been on exactly the items you are discussing, and not the one that this clip discusses. Appreciate your feedback. As Apu would say, Thank You, Come Again.