“Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on September 29th, 2006

Author: Pet Jones

I looked for a few links to this story that I heard on a radio show. Evidently gays are trying to reverse President Clinton's policy of “Don't ask and don't tell.” As a Republican, my take on the subject is a little different that you might think. I don't care about the private lives of our solders, but I do think that they should remain private. If a gay person wants to serve in the military I think that they should be applauded, but if there is another agenda than to serve then that is another story. The military shouldn't be used to promote any agenda than to serve and protect our freedoms. There is a need for more to serve and I think that it's a noble desire for gays to join. This site says that there would be 41,000 new recruits if we were to drop the “Don't ask, don't tell” policy.

A study conducted last year for the Service members Legal Defense Network concluded that the U.S. military could attract as many as 41,000 new recruits if gays and lesbians in the military were able to be open about their sexual orientation.

Recruitment drives by the military have fallen short monthly for more than a year. Last month President Bush ordered thousands of Marine Corps troops back to active duty in the first involuntary recall since the early days of the Iraq war.

A bill to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” has bipartisan support but it is likely to die when Congress adjourns later this month.

The Republican leadership has not scheduled the bill, authored by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), and has blocked attempts to move the legislation forward. That would mean he would have to re-introduce the measure in the next Congress and begin the process all over again. Link

My impression is that this is being used for less than genuine objectives. I see no reason for someone trying to enlist to announce their sexual orientation or religious believes. The purpose of the military is only to protect and not to advance anything else. This sounds more like a political ploy than a desire to serve. I assume that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

Over a dozen people are packed into a small recruiting office at the Army National Guard in Roseville, Minnesota this afternoon to protest the military's ban on service by openly LGBT people. Earlier this year, three young gay and lesbian folks attempted to enlist at the Roseville recruitment center, but were denied once they revealed their sexual orientation. Shortly after, LGBT people in 31 cities nationwide attempted to enlist only to be denied the ability to serve in the military. Link

I don't believe that there should be a witch hunt for gays in the military that's why Clinton's policy of don't ask is right in my opinion. No one should be asking about their sexual orientation, but at the same time I don't see why they feel the need to tell anyone either.

Maybe Democrats don't want the advice of a Republican, but I'm going to give it anyway. One of the reasons that you lost in 04 was the gay marriage issue. Most Americans aren't comfortable with the gay issue and if it is going to be at the center of your party's platform you will continue to lose. I think that most Americans believe that gays shouldn't be persecuted but at the same time that they don't believe that the military should be use to promote a life style. This is one thing that I agreed with Bill Clinton on; the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is the best compromise possible.

 

9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pet, you got a few things wrong there. You see we didn't lose in 04, all facts show that Kerry won. In your story it didn't say if the recruiter asked the kids if they were gay or they volunteered the info. Lastly, the gay issue as you put it is not at the center of our party's platform. We just don't like seeing an injustice.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Don't tell me that Bush really won!”

    Sorry Jess but I found that one and could just see some Dems hitting their Computer when they saw that President Bush won his reelection. You got to face facts; if Kerry had won he would be setting in the White House right now. Far as this “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” I think Clinton got that one right. Amazing, he got something right but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

     

    Go Bush

  3. Anonymous says:

       If you were to look at the facts, Kerry did win. Saddly Mr. Bush is not a democratic president anymore than he is a Democratic president.

    Most voters in Ohio thought they were voting for Kerry. CNN's exit poll showed Kerry beating Bush among Ohio women by 53 percent to 47 percent. Kerry also defeated Bush among Ohio's male voters 51 percent to 49 percent. Unless a third gender voted in Ohio, Kerry took the state.
    So what's going on here? Answer: the exit polls are accurate. Pollsters ask, “Who did you vote for?” Unfortunately, they don't ask the crucial, question, “Was your vote counted?” The voters don't know. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won.php

  4. Anonymous says:

        “In your story it didn't say if the recruiter asked the kids if they were gay or they volunteered the info.” I think that you have hit on the key point, Jess. If they went in to the recruiter’s office with an in your face attitude, they might have had a problem no matter what that attitude was about. It is unclear who violated the “Don't ask and don't tell” policy. The question that Pet should have asked is will Mr. Bush change the policy to get more recruits?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I maybe one of the few who actually read Mr. Pet's article. I think it says a lot of you that there is an opposing opinion like that as an article. I don't see what the big deal is; if an out gay can qualify for the military let him/her join. They're Americans too and should have the same rights. I also don't think that it will hurt us as a party to stand up for those rights.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rick everybody has a right to sin IF THEY WAANT TO willifully and on purpose YET IT IS well KNOWN SAID and MANIFESTED and TOLD TAUGHT that SIN KILLS… so OK HEY LET all those that PREFER SODOMY GO AHEAD and DO THIS ACT OF SIN OF being a SODOMITE AND MAKING SEXUAL LOVE AND HAVING RELATIONSHIPS with the SAME SEX GOING AGAINST the VERY LORD GOD THAT HAS NOT CREATED ANY OF US TO HAVE PERVERTED SEX>
    DISOBEDIENCE TO THE LORDS WAY AND HIS WAYS OF LIVING OUR LIVES WHILE HERE IS REALLY FREE CHOICE RIGHT???? and IF ANYONE WANTS TO MAKE THEIR FREE CHOICE TO CHOOSE THE ABOMINATION OF GODS WORD THEN OK. CHOICES ALWAYS BRING ALSO REWARDS OR CHASTIZEMENTS BY THE LORD THY GOD!!!!!!!!! for HE IS STILL GOD > UNLESS you want to say NO YOU ARE???????? and have to NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL THAT IS RIGHT and GOOD TO DO …. SEEMS TO ME TO MANY ALREADY MAKING THESE BAD CHOICES. DISREGARDING what THE LORD THY GOD HAS ALREADY SAID. and even HAD IT WRITTEN FOR ALL GENERATIONS TO LEARN OF HIM AND HIS WORDS AND WHAT HE HAS SAID AND DONE. THE OLDEST GENERATION IS ABOUT GONE. and the GENERATION I AM OF is ON IT'S WAY OUT. and THOSE THAT ARE IN AND HAVE BEEN IN POWER for the LAST FIFTY YEARS well THE EVIDENCE TO THAT GENERATION IS SO well BEING MANIFESTED NOW. YET WE HAVE A NEW ONE COMING TO THE FORE. THANK GOD THEY KNOW WHAT THE WAY AND TRUTH AND LIFE FOR THEM AND WHOM ARE COMING AFTER THEM> SHALL HAVE. A TURNING BACK TO HIM HIS WAYS . HIS LIGHT and HIS TRUTH AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. SHALL AGAIN BE MANIFESTED IN HIS EARTH ONCE AGAIN.
    ALL THOSE THAT REMAIN WILLFULLY IN THEIR SINFUL WAYS and CHOOSE TO SIN AGAINST HIM AND HIS TRUTH well VENGENCE IS MINE SAYETH THE LORD and HE REALLY MEANS IT.
    THE PROOF OF SIN DEATH IS VISABLE MUCH MORE THEN WHAT ANYONE WANTS TO ADMIT……….. YET LIFE CONTINUES FOR ALL THAT ABIDE in HIM through HIM and FOR HIM.. WILL THOSE DIE?? OF COURSE. we all will die.
    THE QUESTION THEN BECOMES what of that SPIRIT THAT GOES ON into ETERNITY??
    SOME CHOOSE to do what is RIGHT and GOOD ACCORDING TO what they have and do understand HIS WAY and RIGHT IS. and SOME>>>> CHOOSE WHAT THEY are DOING AND REFUSE TO CHANGE or JUST DO THE WAY they UNDERSTAND BUT CHOOSE TO NOT DO THAT BUT GO AGAINST THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD .. THAT HE CAME TO SAVE.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What all HOMOSEXUALS WANT is the RIGHT TO SIN and THEN DIE for their SINFUL ACTS THAT GOD HAS ALREADY ORDAINED AS being an ABOMINATION. “TO LAY WITH A MAN AS WITH A WOMAN (SEXUAL INTERCOURSE SODOMY BEING A SEXUAL PARTNER TO THE SAME GENDER MALE TO MALE AND FEMALE TO FEMALE IS AN ABOMINATION. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and TO SIN WILLFULLY AFTER HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH!!! there NO LONGER REMAINS a SACRIFICE FOR SIN!!!!!
    GEE COULD BE WHY WE ALL DIE HUH?? for all have SINNED NONE are GOOD HUH?? wer all have LIED OR STOLE OR MURDERED AND YES all THOSE THAT DENY THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT HAS COME AND DOES COME TO REVEAL HIS TRUTHS then YES PUNISHMENT SHALL BE GIVEN > AND MANIFESTATION OF THAT PUNISHMENT AND CHASTIZING AND VENGENCE THAT IS THE LORDS. TO GIVE and only as OUR LORD GOD CAN do it . THE SENTANCE IS DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!ALL flesh is as GRASS and it does die and is GONE FOREVER out of SITE and MANY TIMES NOT TO BE REMEMBERED BY ANY BUT ALL THOSE THEY HAVE been HURT, DESTROYED by THEM. SOME recover and LIVE. others never do..

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had a little trouble understanding part of you post Rick, but what was clear to me is the feeling that we should treat all Americans equally. That I agree with 100%! It's not our place or the government's to be defining what sin is. That is in the hands of God.

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