Friday, September 24, 2010

Set Yourself Apart

We've talked about this before, but it bears further discussion...this Don't Ask - Don't Tell silliness. I know that Mr Clinton started the policy because politics is the art of compromise, and I also know that it was 1948 when President Harry Truman integrated the armed forces.   And he came from Missouri, which at that time was not known as a bastion of liberal thought on civil rights.  So a lot of people would fight ending the discrimination against gay people in the armed services, and the Democrats brought the matter up in the Senate this week, and every single Republican - the party to which many of my friends owe their allegiance - voted against it.

Do you remember the days when people could be denied jobs or housing or love because of the color of their skin or their faith or their national origin? I sure do, and it was a real shame and disgrace.  So why is this not just as much a disgrace?  Those of you who are in the service or have been in the service - what's it to you whom the guy in the next workplace sleeps with?  How can it possibly matter?  If you're a straight guy and you're going to tell me you are afraid that the gays in your platoon would be so attracted to you that there would be rioting to see who got to you first, please knock it off.  Gay people already have enough problems - we all do - without having to worry about getting involved in a relationship where the other person doesn't want us within three yards.  It's the same the other way around, I'd wager.  How about - you join the Army/AirForce/Navy/Marines and you keep your sex life in an appropriate corner of your life?  Stop thinking with Soldier Jr and fill the role you swore you would.   If you were under attack and a guy came running over to help you, would you say, "No! Don't help me; you're gay!"  Of course you wouldn't.

And another thing - Ferris Bueller - the movie guy - everyone loved him, right?  Remember what Grace, Principal Rooney's assistant, said about Ferris?

Oh, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

Did you notice that Ferris didn't have time to discriminate against anyone?  Maybe that's why everyone liked him so much!  So let's all Be Like Ferris and leave others alone to love as they see fit and serve the country as they see fit!

Thank you.

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