If you can get through the political bickering, you’ll find out that the bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has failed. The Democrats were able to muster up 56 votes, but 60 were needed to pass it.
What seriously saddens me is that both of my home state senators voted against it. Both are Democrats. The bill that would have repealed DADT was a rider bill, meaning it was an add-on to another bill. The major bill was a Defense Budget bill. The thinking is that Republicans would be crazy if they voted against the defense budget. It was basically a political game of chicken. The Republicans didn’t blink.
First and foremost, why should it be a rider? I mean, I understand why it would be necessary for it to be a rider, since it wouldn’t pass by itself, but, why wouldn’t it pass by itself? The major argument against gays in the military is that it would lower unit morale. Um, so because that butt-ugly guy in the corner is afraid that some gay guy is going to rape him in the shower, I can’t join the military as be who I am. I mean, I’m not down with the concept of “I need to tell you something”, but if I’m asked a question, I’m going to answer it.
“Do you have a girlfriend?”
“Because I’m gay.”
Should I have to dance around the subject? “I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet.” Should I lie? “Because I just broke up with my last girlfriend, and I’m not ready for another relationship.” No. I have no reason to be ashamed of who I am, and neither should you. There’s nothing unnatural about being gay. Far from it. Same sex sexual activities have been observed in 1,500 other species, and well-documented in over 500. If there’s one thing other than procreating that animals like, it’s sleeping with their best friend Jake-both genders.
Maybe, instead of repealing DADT, we need to change it up. Look we aren’t going to ask, but, if you’re caught saying something dickish, caught being a dick, or marry someone who’s a known dick, you’re out. Dicks have no place in the military. It lowers unit morale, and compromises teamwork.