© 2007 J. Matt Barber
in Washington are very vocal in opposition to the president’s
planned deployment of additional troops to the Iraqi theatre, but in
the culture war on the home front, those same liberals are prepared to
enthusiastically push for an “escalation” in troop enlistment by
repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and
permitting openly homosexual men and women to sign up. (Move
over National Guard and Green Berets – make way for the avant-garde
and Lavender Berets.)
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network,” the “Human Rights
Campaign,” and a host of other powerful and extremely well-funded
pro-homosexual activist groups are leading the charge.
But it’s the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
(D-California.), who’s sounding the shrill bugle call.
to the Washington
Blade, a top ‘gay’ publication,
Pelosi has signed on to the homosexual lobby’s top-ten ‘gay’
wish-list as a “co-sponsor
for all 10 gay- and AIDS-related bills that are languishing in
Congress.” Of those ten
bills, the innocuously titled “Military
Readiness Enhancement Act”
– which would repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” – is a top
liberals are weighing in as well.
On January 2nd, The
New York Times fired off a real opinion piece dud.
Thoughts on Gays in the Military” was penned
by blast from the past, John Shalikashvili, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff under the
the piece, Shalikashvili opines that “don’t ask, don’t tell”
has outlived its usefulness and that it was only “a useful speed
bump that allowed temperatures to cool for a period of time while the
culture continued to evolve.”
while admonishing us that “the debate must be conducted with
sensitivity,” Shalikashvili not so gingerly implies that those of us
in the majority – those of us who still believe that it’s
ill-advised to engage in radical social experimentation within the
ranks of a military immersed in the War on Terror – are a bunch of
knuckle-dragging Neanderthals stuck in the primordial sludge of the
notes that: “The concern among many in the military was that …
letting people who were openly gay serve would lower morale, harm
recruitment and undermine unit cohesion.”
Well sir, that’s still the concern “among many in the
military” today – most in fact – and those concerns are just as
well founded now, as they were during the military’s Paleolithic
no secret that our current military leadership, as they’ve done
throughout this liberally manufactured debate, continues to
overwhelmingly oppose allowing openly
homosexual men and women to enlist.
And Shalikashvili fails to provide any evidence whatsoever
which would support his pro-homosexual contention to the contrary
(other than perhaps his own “evolving” moral compass).
He offers no evidence which would indicate that anything
has changed or that it ever will
fact, one of the scant few pieces of anecdotal evidence Shalikashvili
offers up in attempts to bolster his argument, has the unintended
result of causing both hemispheres of your brain to abruptly and
violently swap places.
gathering support for his assertion that it’s now time, and
“equality” dictates that openly ‘gay’ sailors be permitted to
serve as effective members of, say, a nuclear submarine crew, Shalikashvili
cheerfully informs us that he’s had his opinion seconded by “an
openly gay senior sailor who was serving effectively as a member of a
nuclear submarine crew.” He’s
asking for permission to eat that omelet – but already has an empty
plate in front of him and egg on his face.
as Shalikashvili, Pelosi and other proponents of the “gays in the
military” social experiment prepare to ramp up efforts to inject
their San Francisco brand of moral relativism into a last sound
vestige of a morally misguided and politically correct society, one
can only hope that good old fashioned common sense will prevail.
while the 110th Congress gets revved up, and our fighting
men and women face possible cutbacks in funding and other threatened
roadblocks in their ability to execute the War on Terror, it would be
shameful if they additionally had to brace themselves to absorb the
destructive impact of leftist social experiments gone awry.
however, it looks like our armed services are going have to rely on
their last line of defense on this one.
When the “Military
Readiness Enhancement Act”
makes its way to the Oval Office, as it likely will in
fairly short order, we can only hope that President Bush will bring us
all back down to earth for a while by demonstrating once again that
the veto pen is mightier than the PC sword.
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.