DADT will become law soon, passed this week by the lame duck Democratic Senate after earlier passage by the House. I oppose this law for all the usual reasons.
Like the gay rights movement as a whole, this is part of a broader cultural movement: destruction of the military and other traditional institutions in the name of equality. Their prerogatives, culture, ethos, and the human type the military allowed to flourish have become intolerable in a society dedicated to an “equality” that allows no distinctions of right and wrong, man and women, or anything else. The post-Vietnam denegration of the military began the process, which was accelerated by the Tailhook Scandal. In an hysterical overreaction, women were forcibly integrated into units in which few had any interest and in which the units had hitherto flourished as all male domains. Standards were lowered. Less time was spent at the rifle range and more and more on endless lectures on diversity and sexual harassment.
The worst fruit of this process has been habitual dishonesty at every level of command. Ignoring the facts and speaking the party line is now so ingrained, that no one with an interest in a military career dares note the farcical lack of physical ability among many women “warriors,” nor the lack of patriotism by certain diversity candidates, some of whom have a bad habit of shooting up their peers in the name of Allah.
As in the integration of women into combat units, the end of DADT will change the military more than it will demand any changes of the gays who now have the right to serve “openly.” On what basis will a lack of hand-holding, male-male kissing, domestic partner benefits, a lisp, sex change operations, and God knows what else be justified? Gays are allowed to serve now–let us not forget–they simply must keep that controversial part of their lives to themselves. In other words, discretion and respect for public standards is required. No more. And there is no basis now to recognize that the secondary and tertiary behaviors described above are disruptive of military order. Nor does anyone seem to care that this behavior is offensive to a great many of the people who actually want to serve in the military, conservative and religious people from the Red States, people completely unknown to the Pelosis and Obamas of the world, and people who will quietly resign and leave the military, just as many quality men have defected from certain combat support units because of the disruptive presence and double standards required to have women integrated in the ranks. Oh well, no price too high for diversity, not even lost wars and homicidal Army majors apparently!
The DADT repeal has nothing to do with the good of the military, winning wars, or genuine concern for justice. It is a big fat middle finger to an institution the left habitually despises and has since the Vietnam War.