“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Repeal Passes Congress

by Ryan on December 18, 2010

in Culture,History,Politics,Stupid government,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

Just a few hours ago, the Senate passed the House repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) law enacted by the Clinton Administration.  President Obama is likely to sign the repeal next week, making it law.  Six RINOs voted with the Dems.

So, who cares?  Gays serving openly in the military — what’s it to anybody if a citizen wants to serve their country in the armed services?  I get that.  However, this nation acts best when we adhere to equal rights, not special rights.  Some believe that this move establishes equality for gays in the military, but could this really be inadvertently establishing a new privileged class in our military?  Here’s what I mean:

Say I like fat chicks.  Should that fact become public, my fellow soldiers are likely to pick on my sexual preference without end!  Is that harassment?  Could there be a hate-crimes lawsuit in the works for discriminating against my sexual preference?  Not likely.  At worst, the NCO will have participated in the hazing and/or the unit will have been spoken to.

Now, say I like dudes.  Will the same standards apply?  I don’t know. 

Also, practically speaking, if gay men can shower with straight men, why can’t straight men shower with women?  Who’d be more uncomfortable, I wonder?  Should there be shower and barrack segregation to prevent potential hate crimes violence or discomfort?  I don’t know the answer to that.  Will gays take their place with soldiers of color or of a non-Christian faith who can make charges of discrimination if they feel victimized with more weight than others?

That’s not equality:  there should be one standard on civil rights, not multiple ones.  Anyway, call me silly but shouldn’t our military be more concerned with rooting out al Qaeda and defeating the Taliban right now?

DADT solved many of these problems.  President Obama’s pen solves one interest groups’ problems, but creates a host of other ones at the same time.  I have a feeling that we’ll ultimately see the impact of that infamous “law of unintended consequences” in the future.

Oh, and President Obama:  you’re still going to authorize the extension of the Bush tax cuts.  Your base isn’t going to forget that broken promise merely by coming through on this one.

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