Hater alert, this is Uncle Jimbo sending, not Matty O' Blackfive.
In discussing the mindset of the Rational Hawk and where it comes from, I mentioned my belief that the ban on gays serving openly in the military is wrong. I made the statement:
"If I am lying by the road bleeding, I don't care if the medic coming to save me is gay. I just hope he is one of those buff gay guys who are always in the gym so he can throw me over his shoulder and get me out of there."
That sentiment fits not only gay troops, but any other group that experienced discrimination. The military has been the leader in leveling the playing field for women and minorities for a long time, and it is well past due that we terminate the farce of "Don't ask, don't tell". I have received a fair amount of feedback from military, former military and related folks and I have heard almost no one saying the policy is correct or even needed. That is far from conclusive, but it is certainly indicative.
Whatever need their once may have been for this prohibition, it has long since passed. I think that when the many gay troops who served honorably and often heroically in Iraq return home they should be able to live honestly. Let's tack an obvious good act onto an already happy return and push the administration and Congress to set this right. I have added the names and info on all members of the House Armed Services Committee at the end and if you don't have a Rep on it, I suggest Duncan Hunter, CA who is a powerful friend of the military and who could probably make this happen.
I was prepared to lay out a case for this but I'm not sure it really needs one. I think that, happily, we have just grown beyond this as a culture. Acceptance of gays has given way the irrelevance of sexual orientation for most people. Gay troops now serve without disruption and with distinction, in many cases maintaining only the flimsiest of facades, this is not going to change if those who wish it no longer have to pretend.
I don't want to presuppose that this policy change is considered a good idea by all and would love to hear any views as to why we should not make the change. I will be contacting both my Senators, my Rep. and several administration officials including Rummy and Gen. Pace to let them know what I think.
The reason to do this is simple fairness and justice, but the advantages stretch much further. A reminder to all Americans that the military is not just the best and bravest among us, but also the most tolerant and egalitarian can't hurt. That would be the perfect dessert added to the victory dinner our troops have earned. But it also takes away the camouflage some Universities used it for, in banning military recruiters. As long as the liberals running them could claim the military discriminates, they held a tiny sliver of high ground and avoided showing their true anti-military colors. Let's make them oppose US force openly and force them to actively subvert those who keep them safe. It's a perfect judo move against an overextended foe and beautiful payback for all the recruiters who have endured unwarranted abuse from all manner of clowns.
Any ideas or links to ongoing efforts would be appreciated just leave them in the comments, and if the response warrants I am game for formalizing this effort. I don't see how doing the right thing which will have obvious PR benefits is anything but a green light and an open jump door, Airborne!