Sunday, May 30, 2010

Crabwalking Repeal

The House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a larger bill that would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays serving openly. The problem, however, is that successful implementation of repeal is contingent on several things, the most notorious of which is the completion of a survey of active duty personnel on the question, not due for seven months.

While I am pleased that the House has taken a kinda-sorta stand on the issue, it would be nice if they had been a little less cowardly about it. Just repeal it. The American people are far more ready for it than they were, say, for racial integration when Harry Truman did it. Whether or not the military "accepts" gays in their ranks, the officer corps, professional and apolitical to its bones, will make it happen once the order comes down (something I think too many people forget; the military follow orders, even when those orders don't make sense, or seem wrong).

Virtual Tin Cup

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