Sunday, January 31, 2010

Government Inefficiency at its Finest

I don't think that anyone will argue that the Federal Government is not the most efficient organization out there. Even though the Constitution allows the government to make war, hence maintaining the security of the nation is a prime function, everyone I know in the military will agree that the armed forces are not the epitome of productiveness. Recent events have confirmed this.

The "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy was instituted under Clinton as a compromise to allow gays to serve in the military without telling anyone they were gay. No one really liked it. Those opposed to gays serving in the military didn't like it because gays were allowed to serve. Those in favor of gays serving in the military didn't like it because it basically forced homosexuals to lie/cover up a part of their life. Other than that, the military operated normally (read inefficiently).

Now, our President wants to get rid of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and Secretary Gates has presented a plan of what steps need to happen to get us there. What? Are you kidding me? I don't care whether you are for gays in the military or not. You don't need a PLAN to get rid of an arbitrary policy. Gays are allowed to serve in the military now, they just can't say they are gay. Either by executive order or Congressional law, you get rid of the policy and then it is no longer a crime to admit you are gay in the military (crime is harsh word, you just won't be discharged).

Gates talks about insurance issues. Uh, this is easy, if the federal government provides benefits to homosexual couples already, then it shouldn't be a big deal. Then there is the toilet/shower issues that he brings up. You can't be serious. THERE ARE ALREADY GAYS SERVING IN THE MILITARY!!! Yes, under the current policy there are gays serving in the military, they just can't admit it. So, if you are afraid of sharing a bathroom with someone who is gay, guess what? You already are! And 99.9999% of the time they haven't made a pass at you. It's not like they have tuberculosis or Ebola. You are not going to "catch" it.

If this is what the President wants, it should happen by the end of the week (if not the end of the day). There doesn't need to be a plan, it isn't even like racial integration. Let me reiterate: THERE ARE ALREADY GAYS SERVING IN THE MILITARY. No need for special treatment. If you get rid of the policy, the only thing that should change is gays won't be discharged for being gay.

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