It may come as a surprise to some but I’m in favor of repealing the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which allows homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they don’t bring their sexual practices to the attention of military authorities.
I’m in favor of returning to following the law, something we haven’t done since President Clinton forced this asinine policy on the military in 1993.
You see, the law which says homosexual behavior is incompatible with military service has never been repealed. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been an official policy to ignore the law.
Let me say that again: the President of the United States issued an official policy requiring that the law be ignored.
Having served 10 years in the military, with some of that under field conditions, I understand first hand the close, intimate quarters in which military members are forced to live. These can range from small rooms with two or more soldiers, open-bay tents, bunkers, foxholes and Humvees for days on end.
The military doesn’t quarter male and female soldiers together for the same reason homosexuals shouldn’t be quartered with members of the same sex.
When you’re living in close, cramped quarters with danger nearby, the last thing you need to worry about is sexual attention or advances from someone–especially from the same sex. This type of stress hurts morale and unit cohesion.
Homosexuality can also lead to security risks, specifically through blackmail and coercion. It is not unknown for enemy agents to blackmail a soldier to provide military secrets in order to keep their sexual proclivities secret.
One might say that allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military would do away with this threat, but this ignores the fact that while someone might feel at liberty to reveal their sexual preference to those serving with them, telling Mom and Dad back home in Kansas might be a different matter.
Homosexuals have health risks which are significantly higher than those faced by heterosexuals. In addition to a higher risk of AIDS (the CDC reports that that 72% of male AIDS cases spring from homosexual activity), homosexuals have higher rates of other STDs, higher rates of anxiety and depression, higher rates of substance abuse, and higher rates of suicide.
The job of the military is to defend the United States and kill bad guys as quickly and efficiently as possible. The ability of the military to do that should not be degraded by unnecessary increases in health problems among service members.
Military service is not a right, like freedom to say what we want or worship as we want; military service is a privilege reserved to those who meet a specific mental, physical, and moral standard. Despite the disparaging comments from some on the Left, military members are usually a cut above the average civilian. There’s a good reason for that: their effectiveness can mean life and death for their fellow soldiers, and life and death for this country.
Unfortunately, homosexual activists are not only willing to risk military effectiveness, they are willing to attempt a revision of history to accomplish their goals.
According to the Family Research Council, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) tried to misrepresent history to further his homosexual advocacy.
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) insisted, “We’ve had gays in the American military from the first unit that was ever formed.” Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) echoed this astonishing claim, saying that “gays have served in every conflict, every war” this country has fought.
In fact, Shays was even more specific, noting a patriotic event in his district at which they read the names of “everyone who lost his life in the French and Indian War–some of whom were gay.”
That may in fact be true.
Any military at any time will have people within the ranks who do not obey military laws and regulations (just as any society will have citizens who do not obey the laws). Such a fact in no way proves the behavior was approved of or even accepted. There are and always have been adulterers in the military, too, but like homosexuality, adultery is incompatible with military service.
But the worst historical revisionism was committed by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), who all but said that General George Washington would have condoned homosexuality in the military.
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) declared that allowing homosexuals to serve would be an expression of the high value Americans place on the principle of equal opportunity. He even claimed the father of our country, George Washington, as an ally who believed that “the way to the top should be open to everyone.” In context, that referred to the respect Washington had for enlisted men in relation to officers–but Sestak apparently would have us believe that Washington felt the same way about equal opportunity for homosexuals.
As the FRC piece points out, this is flatly incorrect. We have records from that period, including military records.
One such record tells us of the court martial of Lt. Frederick Gotthold Enslin “for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier.”
It also says General Washington approved of the sentence, which would be what we call “Dishonorable Discharge” today.
“His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return…”
Washington was a committed Christian, a man of prayer and a man of the Bible who would not tolerate vice of any kind–not even profanity. This record is consistent with Washington’s record and reputation.
Homosexual activists are determined to have what they want, without regard to the welfare of families or even national defense.
The American people must stand against this decay, both in our society and the bulwark which defends our society–even if our Congress is too spineless to do so.