It looks like “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is finally crumbling. But a few hangers-on, including our own honorable Senator Thune (he’s got the look, but needs to teach Stephen how to say his name) keep arguing that repealing the military’s policy on being an openly gay soldier will hurt our troops’ “combat effectiveness and readiness.”
Come on. Let’s give all our men and women in uniform more cred than that.
They have the guts to go into combat against people who hide as civilians and are willing to blow themselves up–I think they can handle fighting next to a fellow hero with a different sexual orientation than their own. And if they can’t, it’s sad, and it’s just plain personal bigotry enabled by policy. For our national leaders to suggest it’s OK for heterosexual US soldiers to feel less combat ready just because another soldier is gay is not different from tolerating a white soldier suggesting they won’t be able to trust fighting next to a soldier of color. Or a Roman Catholic soldier feeling ineffective defending her country next to a Buddhist from Kentucky.
That kind of b.s. wouldn’t be enabled, would it? All soldiers, all brave. This is America, supposed land of the free and home of the brave. A country for ALL the people, by ALL the people. We can’t be that if we fear everyone who looks or acts different in some way.
I’m proud of my country today for being ready to end this embarrassing rule.