REFLECTION…of a Shameful Policy

CNN reported today that a federal court ordered the government for an immediate cessation of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, to which Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded, “A court should not compel the Executive to implement an immediate cessation…particularly at a time when the military is engaged in combat operations and other demanding military activities around the globe.”

There is a reason we have checks and balances in our system of government, so one branch does not trample on the rights of those in need of protection. What is it about “all men are created equal” that is so fundamentally hard to understand? I guarantee you a soldier pinned down by enemy fire is not going to care if the soldier rushing to his or her help, perhaps even willing to take a bullet for them, is gay or straight. I have a feeling “no soldier left behind” means the same to a gay and lesbian soldier as it does to a heterosexual one.  If one of the principal goals of the Pentagon is to see every fighting man and woman return home alive and well, shouldn’t they send the very people who despite the harassment and discrimination they endured while in uniform still stayed to fight?  Haven’t they proven their love for this country by hiding who they really are just to be given the chance to serve?  Isn’t self sacrifice an essential part of an all volunteer military?

I’ve never served in the military but I would think that at a time of need the last thing going through the mind of a soldier in trouble is if the person running to his or her rescue is gay or lesbian.  I know their spouses, parents, siblings and children don’t care who rescues them; so long as they come home.

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