This is just my opinion and anyone has the right to disagree. At the Rep GOP Debate, a openly gay soldier submitted a question about candidate Rick Santorum’s stance on the ending of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and whether he would continue the policy through his presidency. He responded that sex has no place in the military and that having openly gay soldiers would undermine the military’s ability to protect our country by causing uncomfortable personal situations. The crowd present at the event, boo-ed the soldier after the end of his video.
While I understood his argument that orientation and sex has no place in the military, I think that saying that the presence of openly LGBTQ soldiers undermines readiness is taking the argument too far. It doesn’t impede our readiness any more than having only openly straight soldiers in our military. It doesn’t cause any more uncomfortable situations than with straight persons. The major reason that I supported the end of DADT is that it opens up doors for LGBTQ soldiers’ partners to receive benefits that straight couples receive automatically. In my opinion, restarting the DADT policy in any form other than enforcing celibacy in ALL military personnel (which is simply impossible to do) is a slight against the men, women and children who are left behind when their spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/children are shipped over seas to serve their country just as valiantly and honorably as any straight soldier would. And as for the audience at this event, they shame all the decent people who are republican, who maybe don’t support gay rights, but at least have the self control to keep silent when someone had the guts to record himself on video when he knew millions of people would see it. He deserves more than some half sincere apology from Santorum; he deserves the respect of the nation for doing what many wouldn’t do, fight for our country.
So this morning I got up at 8:30 am to get my lazy sleep deprived ass out of bed after being until 4 watching Smallville season seven (sorry mom, but lex killed lionel!) and went to school where my sister and I layed out uniform bags and were swooped at by a bat which we herded out of the band room like a bull using uniform bags instead of red cloth. Then sorted about a hundred uniforms in the correct formation (top and pants) and stowed them away. Then went to McDonalds to find that a group of our other friends were there with a friend of a friend (Sage) I’d been hearing about for three years. Me and my ex girlfriend talked comics as compared to their movie counter parts. Then Sage almost threw out my cheeseburger onions only, to which I yelled “My sandwiches!” Then I went to my sisters xc practice (after some debate over where it was; river meadows or twin rivers parks. [I was right!]) There I was almost convinced to join xc by one of the coaches that had been trying to get me for years, but I declined for the sake of my sanity (It was a hard choice, I almost cried when I made up my mind). Then to school again to set up concessions. Me being me and good with quick numbers, ran the cash box. It was fun and I did it the whole game with a group of great class officers (such as myself, the public relations officer), student volunteers, adult volunteers and a middle schooler. I did this for three hours straight (sans necessary bathroom breaks) and I only regret that I’m in band and have to shorten my time to pre-game, third quarter, and possibly after-game time. Then I came home to my friend Kori having comments on my vlog and said herself in her own video how much fun I was going to (and did) have. I encourage everyone to do concessions for their school. It’s worth the fun.
Though, Alvin, we’re listening to my ipod next time, ‘kay?