Reading past posts, you see a pattern of freedom for all in my posts. Critical thinking and a live and let live attitude, tempered with personal responsibility. Fairness. Now continuing on this same path.
Yesterday the Department of Defense(DoD) released their report on the effects of lifting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell(DADT). It can be read here.
The Pentagon asked 1,416,741 Active Duty members, 831,193 Reserve Duty, which totals up to 2,247,934 combined, with 75% having been deployed. Not only that they asked 703,586 Active Duty Spouses and 370,250 Reserve Duty spouses. That’s another 1,073,836. Combine them all up you have the opinions of 3,321,772 people. This isn’t a half-ass poll for some news organization.
It found that around 66% of those surveyed were neutral on repealing DADT. It wouldn’t affect them one way or the other. I said as much in a previous Ronin’s Journey post, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. It wouldn’t matter as long as they professionally done their duties. And that’s required of everyone. In conversations with former and current military members, they told me that sexual orientation didn’t matter to them either. The only group that it really mattered to was the Chaplains, but most religions are opposed to homosexuality, so we knew that was coming.
The politicians were flipping and flopping, bobbing and weaving when pressed on this issue. Saying things like, “it hurts morale”, “no one will reenlist”, “I want to wait on the Pentagon report”. Well you have it now, and it says all your excuses are worthless, it doesn’t hurt morale or prevent soldiers from reenlisting. It even says how to implement the repeal. The time for talk and excuse making is over. Now it’s time for action, because it’s not the soldiers who have a problem with gays serving, it’s the politicians. And now they’re boxed in a corner. In chess this is called a checkmate. Freedom and Equality wins, unless they kick over the board.