Monday, October 25, 2010

Can't We Work Through This Rationally?

I've had it with all of this talk about whether or not people who are gay should be allowed to openly serve in the military. Do you want to know why this topic now only serves to irritate and annoy me whenever it is brought up? It's because no one is using any factual basis for their opinions at all and the whole debate is solely based on what people feel would be best.

I'm not going to pretend that I know what would be best in this situation. Do I think it would be great if folks who were gay were allowed to serve in the military openly? Sure, but only under one condition. That condition being that it won't lessen the chances of success for any given task and/or mission that the troops are on. Now, you might be asking yourself, "How could it possibly be a detriment for folks who are openly gay to serve in the military?" To which I would answer, "I don't know." But that's what my answer would be. Other people, those who are running their lives based solely on what they feel, might answer, "It's a ridiculous policy! It should immediately cease and desist! Gays should be out and about in the military because it's the right thing!" OK, OK. Hold on a minute there, cowboy.

I don't know anything about the military other than they keep me and my country safe. Oh, and I also know that they can kick some serious ass. That's what I want my military to be. If the safety of myself and my country means that those who are gay cannot serve openly in the military, then so be it. However, if that is, in fact, the case, I'd like it to be backed up by some sort of facts based on some sort of comprehensive study which is conducted by folks who know what they're dealing with military-wise.

Is that so much to ask? Look, that's all I want. I want some sort of factual basis which determines it to be perfectly OK to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and that the result isn't a compromised military. That's all. Do you think that devising policy based upon how you feel instead of based upon some sort of facts or investigation is really the way to go? I can't imagine that it is. Yet, if you'll look around at a lot of the fiscal problems that many states and the entire country are in the throes of, you'll start seeing a trend in the number of "feel good" programs that require a great deal of money. Are they necessary programs? Are they effective programs? Are they being implemented correctly? Who knows? All a lot of folks know is that it makes them feel good that those sort of programs are in place. And it's caused me to lose my WTL (will to live) on occasion.

Just wait for the study, folks. If you're so confident (even though you have no basis to base your confidence on) that it's just fine for gays to serve openly in the military, then what is the harm in waiting for this huge, comprehensive study that the Pentagon is conducting to wrap up? Seriously, do you really want to risk the safety of the troops that protect you just because you're all thumbs up for diversity? I can't imagine that people would, but yet, they do.
I'm going to need a prescription for some Xanax soon. I'm just saying

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Leona said...

I agree with a lot of your opinions. However, I have a question regarding this one.

Has anyone ever noticed that they are saying virtually the same thing about gays in the military as they did about women serving? It may be possible to base some of your opinion based on what happened with women in the military? I don't know. As it doesn't bother me, I wouldn't have cared. I was slated to go in but life intervened, unfortunately.

Anyway, just curious if this has been addressed, or if you'd heard anything regarding the comparison.

Mare said...

Hey, Leona.

Good question. I don't know the answer, but I did find this article from Time Magazine that sort of addresses that.,8599,2003075,00.html

I've only skimmed the article, but it seems to indicate that not a lot of people are in favor of the study that is currently being done (regarding gays in the military) and point to when women and African Americans were integrated into the military, it was just ordered to be done.

I, too, don't care one way or the other if someone is in the military and happens to be gay. As long as the country stays safe, have at it.

Thanks for reading!

~ Mare

Scott Jacobs said...

I've often taken the "it will affect unit moral" argument re: teh gheys, and pointed at when the services were integrated. The same arguments were made, and they are now as they were then - fucking bullshit.

Not to mention that it's a pretty stupid soldier that doesn't know who's gay in his unit. Usually, they all know, and unless they the person SAYS it, or gets caught kissin' a dude, NCO's don't say anything about it.

However, the current administration has no desire to see DADT ended. If it goes away, what will they be left to promise?