I could take several paths to reach my end point, but my end point stands: I don’t care if Congress repeals the DADT law and that enabled regulations and Code of Military Conduct sections are revised accordingly.
First, Israel has allowed gays to serve openly for many years, and they have the best fighting force in the world.
Second, I expected no less from the 111th Congress, which is (was … smile) dominated by liberals on both sides of the aisle.
Third, it doesn’t sever my arm, give me cancer, or clean out my bank account.
And, fourth, and, to me, the only point requiring further discussion, Congress cannot legislate morals or societal mores.
I don’t invest any energy in addressing the folks that treat gays like vermin. Neanderthals walk among us; not my problem. But I do recognize and agree with the prevailing Christian view: Gays are living an active sinful life. Yeah, I get it, so are all of us. A gay lifestyle is not any more grave a sin than stealing, lying under oath, etc. It is not, however, the gravity of the sin that provokes Christian condemnation – it is the repetitive nature of it. Enough said.
The true value of the DADT-repeal legislation is that a gay cannot now be bounced from military duty based upon that sexual orientation. (I mean nothing by using the word “value.”) That said, the legislation is nothing more than a review of the existing bases for disqualification, and plucking one out. It does nothing more. Nor can it do anything more.
Will it change how heteros in the Armed Forces view gays? Largely no, and to the extent any change occurs it will be sporadic. I can envision a few more street brawls, however, as Robert asks Willard for a date. The Armed Forces will simply become more like society, but even then only marginally so.
In American society, we have a split which will remain: Heteros and gays overlap in specific situations but not as a general rule. It doesn’t matter why. It doesn’t matter than one guy feels “awkward” around a gay man, or some gay man feels threatened by a nonexistent threat from a fictitious hetero man, or that large segments of the two groups simply view life through different lenses and accordingly would not be friends regardless of sexual orientation. The reasons for the division in society are not because one group is more insightful or the other group is dominated by anthropological throwbacks. We divide into social subgroups based upon how we identify ourselves – period – end of story.
So Congress can legislate all they desire. They can mandate that all mess halls have assigned seating: Boy, girl, gay, trannie, boy, girl, etc. Who cares? As long as “being gay” does not elevate someone in rank or responsibility, or excuse someone from certain duties, based upon the progressive view of this “immutable condition,” then I – Don’t – Care. It will not change the societal mores of the Armed Forces because that is outside Congress or any legislature’s ability.
All the DADT repeal does is open a career path for gays. Fine. Now, my gay friends, shut up and go to work. And do not ever ask for a single favor or special dispensation because of your sexual orientation. You wanted equality, not superiority.
Clyde is a principal at Liberty Pundits dot net and dot com.