It appears McCain has finally given conservatives an excuse to vote for him: he defends the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Obama wishes to overturn it (thus allowing those openly homo to serve).
According to Time magazine,
A recent poll by the Military Times newspapers showed that only 30 percent of respondents think openly gay people should be allowed to serve, compared to 59 percent who are opposed.
However, this ABC video says 3 quarters of Americans support overturning it.
A prominent supporter of overturning the policy is Retired Staff Sgt. Eric Fidelis Alva. From the Time article:
Three weeks ago, the first Marine seriously injured in Iraq declared he was gay and called for â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€ to be tossed out. Retired Staff Sgt. Eric Fidelis Alva, 36, of San Antonio, lost his right leg to a land mine in the warâ€™s opening days. His wound got him a Purple Heart from President Bush, as well as a profile in People magazine and an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
This could become much ado about nothing, and there’s little conservatives enjoy more than heated debate over minor issues, for it allows them to avoid dealing with the real issues of the day.
While itâ€™d be grand for the country to view sodomy as unnatural and perverse, and same sex couples unfit for adopting children, this little issue will have little positive impact. If anything, this will likely be made into a rallying point for gay rights, and so actually move the country in the opposite direction. Whatâ€™s the core principle behind â€œDonâ€™t Ask Donâ€™t Tellâ€? Homos still serve, as do women (both create sexual tensions). And the underlying principle for the rest of our laws is that sodomites are fully equal to normal people, and that any discrimination against them is unjust. From this principle of New America’s, expelling the openly homo is unjust. Those who defend it have no foundation to stand upon. (A sound foundation would be: no women and no homos should be allowed in, and the military should ask. However, few would support such a position.)
So, in conclusion: this issue is both minor and a loser, just the type Beautiful Losers like to take up. Let’s pray they don’t back McCain over it…