Tuesday, September 20th, 2011...8:33 am
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends…
The ban on gays in the military comes to an end today. Signed into law by Bill Clinton in the 90s, the law resulted in an increase in gays being discharged from the service. Today, after nearly 20 years, the law is finally being set aside and gays are allowed to serve openly for the first time in the United States military.
But you just know not everybody is celebrating. Somewhere out there a Republican politician, a right wing talk show host, or the Pat Robertson and Westboro Baptists types have asked their interns, strategists, and lackeys to try to tie any sort of military failure to the new military policy. In mere days or months every time a bomb goes off they’ll blame the new gay inclusive policy. The next major natural disaster will be used to say God is angry at America for allowing gays into the military. Right wing talk show hosts will bring former military men in who have terrible tales of having to serve under a gay commanding officer, and highlight any and every mistake that commanding officer may have ever made.
The sad thing is that these right wing foes of democracy are predictable, yet every time they do this we are all left surprised. Not this time. I’m calling it out before it happens. I’m ready to tell them where they can take their inbred crazy talk.