26 February 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell

I have no difficulty with assimilation of any minority group, be they minorities by color,creed, or sexual persuasion.
The problem I have is that experience has shown us that assimilation leads inevitably to a protected status. Having once been the victim of an exclusive procedure, there must needs be a countering preferential treatment. This must be avoided.
Barry Goldwater was right; “You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. ” I even have vague recollections of hearing about a “Straight Shooters for Goldwater” movement when I was young and dinosaurs ruled the earth.
But as the great Teddy Roosevelt said, “there’s no room for hyphenated Americans”.
To the extent that any identity – be it religious, sexual of dietary – takes precedence to the primary responsibility of a fighting man/woman/other in our nation’s forces it must be denied

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