I try to be an open-minded person, especially when it comes to fellow citizens and their freedom of choice, individual liberty. However, I have limitations, especially if another person's “rights” transgress against my values and principles – or moral values.
The “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy of the Clinton administration was a compromise concerning military personnel who are homosexuals. It didn't transgress upon the rights of heterosexuals.
A veteran having served 15 years in the US Army I can tell you that troop unity is important, and especially in the combat arms military occupations, living together in close quarters in combat zones and training exercises is a given.
On June 15th, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta released a message, according to American Forces Press Service, promoting and recognizing June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month and thanked the families of gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians.
The secretary stated:
Diversity is one of the department's greatest strengths.
President BH Obama signed the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in December of 2010, which meant open homosexual acts would be allowed in the armed forces of the United States, and he said:
We are not a nation that says, 'don't ask, don't tell'. We are a nation that says, 'Out of many, we are one'. We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot. We are a nation that believes that all men and women are created equal. Those are the ideals that generations have fought for. Those are the ideals that we uphold today.
The rules of a democratic, constitutional republic are simple: People should have individual liberty and the right of free choice in all matters and forms – as long as those rights do not transgress against the rights of others.
The progressive left are not just concerned with individual rights and liberties, in fact they promote collectivism; so all of this is hypocritical. The progressive left doesn't draw lines as to how far they will go. It is like my father used to say: “Give them an inch and they want a mile”.
Our military has become polluted with political crap since the Vietnam War. Indeed, the Vietnam War's outcome was the result of leadership in Washington running the war instead of the military leadership trained and tasked to win. It should have been a hallmark in our government history that American military should never be sent anywhere to war (conveniently called a “conflict”) without congressional declaration of war; unless it is an emergency defensive measure.
Our military has been “diverse” for a long time, and Defense Secretary Panetta made little comment about the US Army's anniversary on June 14th, but made a declaration and public fanfare out of something that concerns personal lifestyles – which does not belong in an armed forces community. Now the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” has been proclaimed by the person who holds the title of President of the United States – who never served one day in the military and cares nothing about the rights of heterosexuals, which is the majority of citizens in the United States; and who made no fanfare about the month of June being the anniversary of the US Army. Getting approval and votes from homosexuals was more important. Politics overriding military tradition and discipline that has proven itself to be effective and why our military is the best in the world.
Soldiers under my command were made fully aware of the US Army policy and my policy that they all wear the same uniform and are all US citizens serving their nation – all are brothers (and sisters) in arms. Prejudice against religious beliefs and ethnic/race was not tolerated. Sexual encounters among personnel were forbidden in the rank and command structure required of military service, especially between leadership ranks and lower ranks.
“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was a reasonable compromise. Now a minority group whose sexual preference should be private anyway, are transgressing against the rights of other citizens who want to serve their country as well.
It is the same old story with progressive leftist political minority whiners – they won't settle for being equal, they want to be specially treated because they are a minority.
Over time, just as the progressive left has polluted our government, infiltrated our educational system with their propaganda thereby brainwashing our children where the government mandates supersede individual and family rights when it comes to raising their children with values and character being important have now polluted an entity that has been the best equipped and trained military in world history.
I wish to thank J. Bartleson for sending me this email with the subject line: “Is this True”.
Sadly, it is.
I am glad that my son is not serving as originally planned.
It is bad enough to put oneself in harm's way for unappreciative government leadership, but to live in a political pseudo military atmosphere is just too much to bear.
I would not be critical of anyone who doesn't want to serve in the US Armed Forces today, not that I ever was because that life isn't for everyone. I can fully understand why they wouldn't.
It will take quite a while to undo the damage this president has done, with the help of his comrades in Congress and the RINOs falsely claiming to be a conservative. What was once an honor of statesmanship, is now just a career choice for political prostitutes – will do anything for votes, anything to maintain big government tyranny.
Our Founders made it clear that a society that loses its values, its character, its integrity and traditions; will not remain a free society for long. Freedom requires responsibility, just like freedom of choice – they are intertwined.
Ancient Rome as an “anything goes” society, and look what happened to that civilization.
Once upon a time, homosexuality was a mental disease. Now it is a social panacea.There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.
James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
Obama and associates continue division instead of promised unity programs.
Bad Idea Then, Bad Idea Now – Townhall
Buried Truths About Gays in the Military – Steve Chapman
Romney Now Embraces Gays in the Military – Sandy Rios
Center for Military Readiness: Homosexuals in the Military
Homosexuals vs Fairness – Patriot Post
US Senate Approves Sodomy (and Bestiality) for the US Military – Patriot Post
Obama Orders Military to Celebrate Gay Month -- Patriot Post