Washington’s Dividing (Gay) Issue of the Year: D.A.D.T.

For about a week now, the number-one searched term on internet search engines like YAHOO! has been: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

As with the previous administration, the current one is using an issue important to some members of the gay community to deflect from much larger problems most sane people would like dealt with first.

After completely failing the American people, Obama finally held a press conference today on the BP oil disaster which is closing down businesses, endangering the Gulf and all of its natural resources which human beings and wildlife rely on, and happened to kill a handful of decent hardworking Americans responsible for providing and refining energy that we need as a nation to remain productive.  In the conference, Obama accomplished what we all knew he was capable of doing: to assign total blame to BP and accept absolutely no substantial responsibility whatsoever.  

Couldn’t he have done this about 20 days ago?  Ahh, he must have been too busy playing golf, giving comedy routines to the Hollywood elite, and attending fundraisers and events for Barbara Boxer.  (Guessing by his track record of carrying candidates to victory in 2010 with endorsement, perhaps we can thank him for his contribution to at least one issue important to Americans: getting rid of pompous incumbents.)

And while he wasn’t playing golf and stumping for Boxer, he was busy having lavish state dinners with foreign leaders who attack American policies.  After inviting President Calderon from Mexico to the United States last week, we saw two Presidents disparage Jan Brewer’s noble efforts to protect Arizonans and rail in rounds of applause from a liberal Congress by trashing the majority of Americans who support it.  (Rumor has it one of those presidents were supposed to be American.)

Clearly Americans are royally pissed off at the administration and Congress which are reflected in the latest GALLUP tracking poll with the President’s approval rating at 46% and his disapproval rating at 47%.

What better way to attempt to distract from issues important to Americans like immigration and a current national crisis which goes far beyond the simple characterization of something equivalent to “Bush’s Katrina” than to stir up American disagreement on crucial matters of national security?

Clearly, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is a matter of national security where its proponents have made their valid arguments and its opponents have made theirs.  Honestly, I am sorry, but I couldn’t care less about it right now.  Other than a few friends directly affected by it — one in particular who was kicked out of the military once it was discovered he was gay — it is not an issue that united Americans are focusing on.

Flashback a few years to George W. Bush.  If you recall; McCain, Kennedy, and GWB were trying to force amnesty down our throats before the 2006 midterm elections and in the heat of grassroots-American rage in its opposition to what became known as “shamnesty,” Bush directed Congress to jump on a divisive issue attached to homosexuality and they immediately began debating gay marriage.

Most strident adversity to gay issues like “gays in the military” come from people who equate homosexuality to a sickness or a social disorder of some kind.  But people change and in order to get them to change, we must exist in a society where the most important issues of the day like a national tragedy such as the oil spill or the complete and utter madness stemming from a simple Arizona law supported by the majority are discussed and resolved.

Clearly, this administration and its liberal congressional partners-in-crime are not, and have never been, interested in representing the core parts of its people who unite us.  If they had, their version of “health care reform” would have never had a chance to come up for a vote, we wouldn’t be using our hard-working tax dollars to contribute to bailing out Greece’s failed socialist policies, we wouldn’t be inviting foreign leaders who cannot control criminals within their own country to come on our soil and accuse us of all being racists, and we wouldn’t be witnessing the most embarrassing reaction to a national crisis.

Instead of blaming Bush this time, he’s blaming BP and has ripped a page out of the worst chapter of the Bush playbook: when you’re up against the ropes, turn against the voters and throw out a scapegoat issues sure to divide Americans to distract from finding solutions to our biggest current problems.

THIS is the extent of gay relevance in Washington.  It doesn’t matter which party is running the show.  But at least one of those parties don’t run around pretending to be our best friends so we foolishly walk into voting booths and pull levers to gratify their electoral hunger.

Until we can get matters on track like jobs, our economy, securing our borders, and assisting those in the southern states most affected by the BP gush, I’d prefer Washington stop using our community to divide Americans and screw with delicate matters of national security.


9 thoughts on “Washington’s Dividing (Gay) Issue of the Year: D.A.D.T.

  1. Repeal DADT. O.K. So if DADT goes away then the old methods take over? Now the military can ask? You bet it can. You bet it will. How is repealing DADT progress?

  2. DADT is progress because homosexual soldiers will not be denied serving in the military if their orientation is known. I think it is ridiculous to deny someone the job they want based upon trivial characteristics.

    I see both a negative and a positive to DADT.

    The only possible badside is that their openess could make them targets of hate-crimes, which is what caused DADT in the first place. So, DADT could protect them. However, why should all homosexuals in the military be punished (kicked out) for someone else’s crime?

  3. Oh, how about the Sestak affair, Steve? I’m plannin’ to post about that one later on when I get home.

    The thing about hate crimes in the military is that I don’t see them happening now even though most of the rank-and-file know who the gays and lesbians are among them (whether they’re officially “out” or not is irrelevant). The last real hate crime that can be claimed was the murder of PFC Barry Winchell in 1999.

    Suffice to say, things have changed substantially since then.

    Yes, there is still some resistance to ending DADT, but it is nothing like it used to be. Even Colin Powell, who once praised it, has said that it needs to be repealed. I don’t believe that GLB soldiers (the T’s won’t be allowed, ever, so long as they insist on cross-dressing) really need to be protected in that sense. Let us serve openly and honestly about who we are. I don’t want to check out chicks, I want to fight for my country. Period.

    I have to agree with Steve, though, that this is very obviously a ploy to distract the country from the more serious issues going on. Equally as important as plugging the gusher is cleaning up the slick, and the Big O has done NOTHING toward that end.

  4. I’m a gay man in Nevada who, I’m ashamed, is rather late to the party in my political awakening. I was brought up Democrat and considered myself liberal throughout most of my life. Yes, I even voted for Obama, mainly because I was disgusted by George W. Bush and saw McCain as more of the same. Probably many other people cast their votes for the same reasons.

    Well, it didn’t take me long to become disenchanted with The Annointed One. Obamacare was what did it, and the supreme arrogance with which it was passed by the Congress with such blatant disregard for the financial catastrophe it signals. I’ve done a ton of reading since then and opened myself up to new viewpoints, even from some I had been “instructed” by the mainstream media to despise.

    Bottom line: I couldn’t agree with your thoughts in this essay more. Many of my gay friends would be horrified to know that I am repulsed by Obama and the Democrats now, but I am. I used to say I could never vote for a politician who would deny me my rights as a gay person. Well, I’m sorry, but I feel there are just too many other fundamental issues facing our country now to base everything on that one thing. And the truth is, I do not feel repressed in this country as a gay man – I just don’t! I am more concerned about getting the deficit under control, making the government live within its means, cutting the massive entitlements we cannot fund now, strengthening our defense and stemming the tide of illegal immigration. Yes, DADT should be repealed, but is it vital to our country’s existence like these other problems? Not really. Are the Democrats using it to divert us from other more important things? You bet they are!

  5. John is right. Repealing DADT leads us back to the UCMJ, in which asking is perfectly appropriate and a commander’s prerogative.

    Repealing DADT in itself will be ten steps back unless it is accompanied by the necessary change in official regulations. Which, I believe, is the area congress is responsible for. Congress knows this, but you don’t see them acknowledging it. I think because they’re trying to play the middle and lay the responsibility in the President’s lap.

  6. And please excuse my typos. I’m posting from Vegas with my iPhone – neither situation being conducive to appropriate grammar or coherence.

  7. I didn’t see any typos (unless my brain is correcting them). Heck, my Touch has better keyboard and self correcting than my cell phone!
    And i agree with what you said. They will make a show of this but when it comes down to doing the real work to make it work, they will be onto something else (smoke, mirrors).
    AndyB, NH.

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