Repeal of DADT: Another Proud(??) Accomplishment


DADT has been repealed. Obama and Congress with its dismal 13% approval rating have quickly pushed through yet another disgusting thrust against America before a hopefully more moral congress could take over. Yesterday (12/22) Obama was gloating over his accomplishments. I agree that he has accomplished much in his two years in office. It is precisely these types of accomplishments that I expected from him and it is the reason he is to be feared (see my earlier posts).

Apparently I am in the minority concerning DADT since 67% (Gallup) of the public approves of this repeal. Even 6 Republicans voted for it. I can only believe that this 67% is composed of gays, those who have not been “hit” on by gays, and those who have not served in the military and lived in barracks.

First of all, “don’t ask, don’t tell” has been the standard in the military for 17 years and we have one of the best, if not THE best, military in the world. Now people with essentially little to no morality or ethical principles wish to inject their deviant ideas into the finest organization in the world. They wish to call this “tolerance”, “diversity”, “equal rights”, and any other lofty, righteous description to whitewash what all have to admit is not only abnormal, but distasteful and immoral behavior. Even so, I understand that there are those who cannot help but to have these unnatural feelings. However, they CAN help what they do about them. Should I dare mention “abstinence”? And should a I dare mention they should NOT parade in the streets praising their affliction, adopt and raise children (no, marrying each other does not make that OK), or live in a barracks full of men (or women).

I like to believe I am as tolerant as the next man, but when I either observe their behavior or am approached by any of them, I am physically repulsed. I can’t help it. Everyone I know who have had similar experiences feel the same way. Imagine putting an openly gay person in the barracks. It would be the same as having a woman disguised as a man staring at you in the shower. There would be other distasteful contacts as well. None of this will have a positive effect on teamwork. One must remember, the enlisted personnel are the ones that this action would most affect and it is also this personnel that actually do the fighting and win wars. These are not the people we should be disrespecting by repealing this law.

I believe people realize that any afflictions they may have, mental or physical, would and should prevent them from performing certain duties, while allowing them to freely perform others. This is true for homosexuals as well.

I have written to my congressman and to Senator McCaskill, both of whom I know generally do not care what the people think and will vote their own way. I have expressed my thoughts presented above to Senator McCaskill. Below is her response, and below her response is my response:

“July 19, 2010

Dear Dr. Medary,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on the discharging of gay and lesbian service members from the military. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

The Pentagon’s current policy on gay men and women serving in the military, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), reflects the belief that a service member’s sexual orientation is a private matter. Members of the military are not permitted to ask about another service member’s sexual orientation, and gay service members are not to discuss their sexual orientation. The U.S. military has supported the policy based on concerns for readiness and unit cohesion. The practical effect of DADT is that it prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the military. In fact, as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen has noted, gay and lesbian Americans have been admirably serving for decades in the armed services, but have always risked discharge if their sexual orientation ever became known.

As you may know, during his State of the Union address in January, President Obama called on Congress to repeal the Pentagon’s current DADT policy, which is formalized in Public Law 103-160 (USC § 654). The President’s call for a repeal would put America’s armed forces in alignment with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) partners who are fighting side-by-side with our men and women in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Our NATO partners currently allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in their militaries. Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, has stated that having openly gay and lesbian service members is “working out quite well.”

On February 2, 2010, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), of which I am a member, held the first hearing on DADT since 1993. During the hearing, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen expressed his personal support for repealing DADT. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that the Department of Defense would begin studying how to implement a repeal of DADT. Gates and Mullen join other prominent military leaders in supporting repeal, including General John Shalikashvili (Ret.), General Colin Powell (Ret.) and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. The support of these current and former senior military leaders, who formerly supported DADT, is echoed by many other former military leaders and reflects a major shift in views from military leaders from 1993.

On May 28, 2010, I voted with my colleagues on the SASC to include a compromise amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) that would repeal DADT. However, the repeal of DADT would occur only after the completion of a comprehensive review to obtain the perspectives of servicemembers and their families on the potential impact of a repeal. Additionally, under the compromise passed by the SASC, the repeal would only be able to take effect after President Obama, Secretary of Defense Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify to Congress that they have considered the results of or recruiting and retention. I believe these are important safeguards that make sure the voices of our military servicemembers and their families are fully considered before a repeal is put in place and that ensures that both military and civilian leadership jointly certify that a repeal will not negatively impact our armed forces before the repeal is put in place. The DADT compromise provision must now be considered by the full Senate.

As you may know, the House of Representatives passed its FY11 defense policy bill on May 28, 2010, and included in the bill a similar compromise approach to repealing the DADT policy. The House and Senate must both pass their defense policy bills, come together to work out differences in the two bills and then, ultimately, pass an identical bill before it can be sent to the President to be signed into law.

President Obama has stated that it is time to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and I agree with him. We must recognize that thousands of brave, gay Americans have served — and are currently serving — in our military. I look forward to the completion of the review the military is conducting of how to implement a repeal and to seeing the many gay and lesbian men and women heroically serving in our military today, including in combat, being able to serve with greater integrity by not having to hide or lie about who they are.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.

Sincerely,

 
 

 

Claire McCaskill
United States Senator”

Here is my response to her letter:

“Dear Sen. McCaskill

Thank you for your response (shown below) to my letter. I, in turn, wish to respond to yours. With all due respect I have to say your arguments are not convincing and I’ll tell you why.

As far as gays serving admirably in the military, I ‘m sure that some of them do, as I’m equally sure that some of them don’t (being gay does not make them Supermen). It is the deterioration of the TEAM that is in jeopardy.

You mentioned that several high ranking Government officials, Generals and Admirals support the repeal of DADT, but I submit to you that the enlisted fighting force which are ultimately responsible for winning battles far outnumber the high ranking officers and are the ones that should be consulted on this matter. I understand Secretary Gates is submitting a questionnaire to this group. I would hope this would be filled out anonymously and by non-gay individuals. If the questions on the questionnaire are direct and not skewed for the sake of political correctness, these results and these alone should dictate the final decision no matter how many high-ranking officers disagree. Our very lives depend on this fighting force.

Although the NATO fighting forces may indeed allow gays to serve in their militaries, I submit that compared one-on-one with any one of their militaries, our military is superior. I believe you and military heads would agree. Why should a superior military revert to policies of an inferior military? It is extremely unadvisable to submit a highly succussful, critically needed organization to a social experiment for the purpose of appeasing a small segment of society.

Finally, sodomy is immoral. To inject immorality into our National fighting force is inexcusable.”

Most of our senators and representatives in congress do not represent the will of the people. They have an umpire-like mentality thinking they are always right and attend town hall meetings not to follow their constituents’ wishes, but to instruct these poor, ignorant people how things should be done and will be done.

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About Dick Medary

In Missouri, I live in the 5th District. My Senators are Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskil and my representative is Emanual Cleaver. I have written letters to all 3 a few times and they appear on http://www.congress.org. They are identified, not by my name, but by the city from which they originate, which is Independence, MO. Reading these letters will give you an idea where I stand, in addition to what you read from my blog(s).
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