Thoughts on Congressional Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
This past week, congress passed a repeal of the military policy, “don’t ask, don’t tell” regarding openly homosexual persons serving in the military. Previously, the military would not ask about an individual’s sexual tendencies, and in return, homosexuals were not to reveal their sexual disposition to their units. Thus, the policy bared openly homosexuals from serving in the military. But, congress, in its infinite wisdom has decided to repeal the policy.
I think repeal of this policy is a bad idea.
Reason 1. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Over 200 years of the most elite military force in the world, functioning well and protecting this country very well counts as data. The military is engaged in two wars, and is doing a fine job. Changing a major social construct in the middle of two wars will produce unpredictable results, to say the least.
Reason 2. Military service is not a human right. Persons are excluded from military service for a variety of reasons; age, psychological disability, physical disability, etc. There is nothing unique about homosexual tendencies that can create rights. For example, saying “marriage is a civil right” does not automatically change the definition of marriage to include homosexual behavior. Marriage has been traditionally defined as a union between one man and one woman for the purpose of raising and nurturing children. Civilly, we have an interest in protecting marriage between a man and a woman because it is from healthy marriages and healthy families that healthy future citizens come from. Homosexual relations are fundamentally different from heterosexual marriage. Since homosexual behavior is barred from producing children, because it is unnatural, as a civil society, we have no interest in protecting those unions because not only are they harmful to the individuals themselves, they do not produce anything of meaning that is beneficial to the society. Much in the same way, homosexuals “coming out of the closet” to their fellow soldiers serves no purpose in increasing the effectiveness of the military. Calling something a “right” does not make it a “right.” Homosexuals aren’t even barred from serving in the military. They are barred from professing their sexual tendencies while on active duty. The military already restricts certain behaviors of active duty servicemen and women for a variety of reasons. Some speech, such as verbally attacking a US President is also barred. What about professing homosexual tendencies makes it special or set apart from other barred speech and behavior?
3. Reason 3. There is no data, that I know of, that suggests repealing DADT will improve the effectiveness of the US military. Some studies have shown that openly gay troops in places like Israel have not harmed their force cohesiveness or ability to wage war, but the key point here is that the US army is unique and such data does not apply at a 1 to 1 ratio. Further, the world is uniquely reliant upon the US military to keep the peace and solve big problems. Weakening the US military not only hurts our national security, but also the stability of the world in general, which has devastating consequences, especially for world economies and.
Reason 4. The military should determine their own policy when it comes to things like this. When congress sees, or rather invents problems, they often like to enforce artificial changes into natural markets (i.e. more Americans should own houses, we should lower lending standards OR more of this group or that group should attend college so we should enact this grant to help them, etc.) My official position is that the military knows how to win wars more than the congress elites, most of whom have never served. Enacting changes, mechanically from without, like this soon to be signed law, usually ends very badly.
But, I’d love to hear your thoughts, HTNL nation.