Diary of a misEducated Black Man


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; the politics of gay
July 15, 2010, 2:47 pm
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So, I just got back from this ridiculous professional development course the Army requires us to take called, Warrior Leaders Course.  Its real hooah, hooah, focuses on marching around, singing cadences and by the book leadership.  All the boring stuff.

As a result of this, I miss the World Cup,  apparently Big Papi’s alive, George Steinbrenner’s dead, and bygolly they’re building a mosque at Ground Zero.  Jeez.  I’m going to Airborne school next Friday and I bet by time I get back, there will be a guy name Hussein in the White House.  Aww I know, bad joke, predictable huh.  Funny thing is, there are actually two Hussein’s there.

So today I’m back at the office, on the normal daily grind, consisting of ducking officers and high ranking sergeants so no one realizes that I don’t have a job.  I tell you what, pretending to be busy is absolutely more exhausting than actually doing work.  I’m up in down the stairs like hookers in and out of a Motel 6.  Its the constant drag.

Myself and one of my buddies get into an argument, more of a gentlemans debate, regarding Obama’s Army and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell crap.


Before today, I felt as though, hey the policy works, its not broke why mess with it?  But then my buddy informs me of the fine print.  He says, the issue that people are having is with the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell part.

Thats the banner issue that the tree huggers are clinging to.  So fine, get rid of it.  But that still doesn’t allow for openly gay, flamboyant behavior or gay sexual practices in the military.  You still have to have military bearing.  You still must adhere to military standards.  There will be no public displays of affection whether gay or straight.  You must talk clear and thunderously.  You must have command presence.  These things are universal and are in the doctrine.  They do not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

All members of the service must abide by the standard, and its generally a straight male standard.  And sodomy or homosexual sexual relations is still punishable by UCMJ.  As in you will be kicked out of the army if, you have gay sex.

Wow, so what changes really?  If they change the law, I can now ask you if you’re gay, so if I want to kick you out, I’ve just got to overhear you talking about sex.  All it takes is one soldier to be offended by something a gay guy says or does and the gay dude’s gone.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, actually protected homosexuals because then, there was no proof.  A gay guy could talk with his buddies about really slammin it home lastnight and waking the neighbors up and all that.  We would simply assume he’s talking about a woman.  No one would be offended.  But now that he’s openly gay, it becomes not only illegal and possibly offensive, but punishable by court martial.  Always a loop hole eh.  The Army’s still the Good Ol’ Boys Club.

So in other news, I and some pals have started a foundation called the Broke Soldiers Foundation.  Because the Army pays us so poorly, sometimes doesn’t pay us at all, is quick to take money out of our checks, but slow to put money in when they owe us, we’ve decided to take up a fund.  1 dollar goes a long way towards freedom.  Plus, I need a beer to deal with this crap everyday.  Thx.

…check please….


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Hey bud, thank you for your service. Yes, I served in the US Army as well and yes the pay sucks. I would like to make a small donation. How about this; you learn a little more about the injustice of the don’t ask don’t tell law and I will contribute some bucks. First of all, believe me, I aint’ no tree hugging, screaming liberal. Make no mistake however, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is nothing but sugar-coated discrimination. Google the names Major Mike Almy, USAF; Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenback, USAF; LT Jenny Kopstein, USN; SSG Eric Alva, USMC; SPC Alex Nicholson, USA; Col. Grete Cammermeyer, WA National Guard; those are actual servicemembers who didn’t tell but nonetheless suffered under the current policy. You can find more information about the victims of DADT at http://www.sldn.org and http://www.servicemembersunited.org. It is worth mentioning that out gays and lesbians currently serve as police officers, fighterfighters, Defense Contractors, Civilian Employees of the DOD, FBI, CIA and Secret Service Agents. In most cases they behave professionally and not flamboyantly or inappropriately. The US Military will be no different. In the words of the late US Senator Barry Goldwater “you don’t have to be straight just shoot straight to serve in the military.”

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