“Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

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“Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

Friday, 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.