Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ask me no Questions

I really really hope Obama succeeds in ending the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. It's dumb, discriminatory, and based on baseless fears. And thank goodness for parody to fully illuminate just how ridiculous it is:

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Troop morale? You've got bigger stuff to worry about when you're getting shot at and blown up by roadside bombs than whether the guy next to you thinks guys are hot. Sorry, it will be a minimal problem, if at all, and even then certainly very temporary.


  1. Totally agree. But also consider what Michael O'Hanlan says: "We can talk about this delicately or we can just be fairly direct. There are a lot of 18-year-old, old-fashioned, testosterone-laden men in the military who are tough guys. They're often politically old-fashioned or conservative; they are not necessarily at the vanguard, in many cases, of accepting alternative forms of lifestyle."
    There's still a lot of ground to cover after legal action takes place.

  2. While those people certainly exist, I think they are not as large a group as one might think. Even if politically conservative, a *lot* more 18-year olds are a lot less homophobic than just ten years ago. I agree, there is still ground to cover, but I believe that blacks were more stigmatized in the early 50's when the army was integrated than gays are now, so while some incidents and bumps would occur, I think such problems would be pretty sporadic and in 5 or 10 years completely gone. I guess we'll see, though, because it looks like DADT is going to end within the next few years.