The Pentagon has announced a gay pride week. Life changes faster these days. In two decades, the military has gone from criminalizing gay conduct, to the reasonable Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, to outright embrace. And not a peep from Romney or the K Street Conservative establishment.
It seems to me things like this pride week are designed to demoralize the majority, like a cult that requries its members to humiliate themselves or affirm the absurd. For those who feel uneasy about this sort of thing, being forced to affirm and “celebrate” the gay lifestyle brings them further and further away from the military they imagined they joined, their religious traditions, and the teachings of their parents.
Even worse, there is a whole legion of amoral, ass-kissing, careerist
officers and NCOs who will say and do nearly anything to advance their careers, even stuff like this that would have been the punchline for a joke a few short years ago. And for those who don’t engage in careerist cheer-leading, they’re implicated by their silence.
Where are our Pattons? Our Billy Mitchells? Where is moral courage when it is so needed? No one if facing 20 years in Siberia. Would it be too much to ask someone in the hierarchy simply to stand up and say, “This is wrong!” Indeed, we had more courage in the time when Christians were thrown to the lions and men like Nathan Hale faced death without flinching.