Our nation’s military has fought bravely since anyone can remember, but issues have recently surfaced that suggest some of our servicemen are more worried about their fellow soldiers’ personal lives than the objectives given to them.
To avoid speculation about my background and sexual orientation, let’s just get this out of the way. I’m a Christian, conservative Republican, and straight as a board. I’ll admit I’m a bit radical at times. One could probably compare me to Joe Miller without the attitude problem, lies and sketchy evasiveness.
Through all this, even a conservative Republican like me can recognize the unconstitutional, prejudice-filled behavior that is not only condoned, but also required in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
About 10,900 members of the armed forces have been dishonorably discharged under this law according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Quite frankly, it’s amazing to me that the American people have been fooled into letting this go on for as long as it has.
I respect the American military greatly, but if homophobic soldiers can’t put their own feelings and preferences aside to focus on their primary objective – fighting for this country to protect the constitution and the citizens therein – perhaps they should have chosen a different career path.
If our soldiers can be bothered so easily by a single aspect in the life of someone who is fighting alongside them, how can the military ever expect to do anything worthwhile?
Contrary to popular belief, as it seems, gay, lesbian and bisexual citizens of this great nation are not transformed into ravaging beasts by their sexual orientation, governed only by their intense desire to harass and rape straight American soldiers and the public as we know it.
These good people probably haven’t formed a secret organization dedicated to the disruption of military efforts and preying upon the weak.
Australia is an excellent example of a country that lifted their similar policy and found that their military was improved because of it.
“Based on the results of prior studies… this study finds that the full lifting of the ban on gay service has not led to any identifiable negative effects on troop morale, combat effectiveness, recruitment and retention, or other measures of military performance,” states a study done by Palm Center, a research institute of the University of California.
The study went on to say that, “Available evidence suggests that policy changes associated with the lifting of the ban may have contributed to improvements in productivity and working environments for service members.”
In fact, there are twenty-five countries that now allow openly gay and lesbian soldiers in their militaries, according to Palm Center’s website.
The Australian Defense Forces have since flourished with little complaint. In fact, only 1.21 percent of complaints received have had to do with sexual orientation misconduct issues, according to the study.
Doesn’t the United States typically pride itself on being one of the more innovative nations? It appears as though we’ve fallen behind when it comes to one of the crucial elements of American culture: equality.