I wrote my Florida Senators regarding Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I am against repealing it. I feel it is a fair compromise. I don’t feel that open displays of immoral and unnatural behavior should be allowed. The Constitution doesn’t offer anyone the right to serve, and it doesn’t afford military members total freedoms of speech and expression. Also, gay personnel knew the rule when they VOLUNTEERED and they signed a contract.
Here is my letter:
Sir; I sincerely appreciate and respect your speedy reply to me on this issue. I am disappointed that you support the repeal. I do not seeing this going well for the morale, unit cohesion, or even the overall effectiveness of an all volunteer force. Perhaps a study of demographics in where most of your volunteers come from is in order: Southern, rural, Christian valued members. Are you willing to support a draft to fill the ranks when the lack of volunteers causes a shortage in ranks? Also, I would also like to respectfully point out that this isn't a typical civil rights matter such as race or gender. This is a matter of people making decisions on how to act or behave. Can a certain percentage of homosexual people do the job? Absolutely. No doubt or question in my mind. Do we want pedophiles in our ranks? How about murderers and rapists? We all hear the outcry and demand for punishment/discharge when a member of the military is found guilty of these offenses. They made decisions. Military service cannot ever be considered a right for anybody. The Air Force is kicking able bodied people out of the service because of their waist size. We have members that lose their limbs fighting to stay in but can't. This is not a typical job. We don't play 9-5 and go home every night of the year. You have people that sleep in crammed quarters, take showers in open bays, and get way too close for the comfort of most Americans. Remember, less than 1% of Americans serve. But it's most of those Americans that haven't that are supporting this. Fair? Not likely. For instance sir, homosexual men find arousal by looking at the male body. I, as a heterosexual man, find arousal looking at the female body. So are we going to give homosexuals a "perk" by saying it's ok for them to go into the showers and see what they WANT...but I can't? Fair? Not likely. Are you willing to make the military co-ed? Are you comfortable with men AND women sharing quarters and showers? I doubt many Americans are. We want to use the excuse "Well they have done it in other countries". True. However look at those other countries. They aren't as sexually repressed or restricted as we are. Do they have a UCMJ that makes adultery and sodomy (oral and anal sex) offenses punishable by discharge? And then you have to look at marriage. Has the Federal Government recognized unions for homosexual couples? Right now the DoD pays to move a member's family to their new duty location. Homosexuals do not currently have that right, as most States don't recognize the Unions. Are you prepared to trample on State rights to force a recognitions so a homosexual couple is treated "equally" with the benefits that married couples get? Military service is not guaranteed under the Constitution for all people. Stating that a policy is unconstitutional for the military is also invalid, as a lot of my rights to speech and expression are prohibited because of military image and national security. For example, if I were racist (and I truly believe I am not), I cannot join and actively participate in the KKK or other hate groups, nor can I distribute any propaganda supporting said groups. So long as the average American isn't being violent, they are allowed to do so. A military member knows and understands they can not. We also agreed to those prohibitions when we signed the contract, just as homosexuals knew of DADT when they signed a contract. Why is our country so against forcing people to uphold their end of a legal contract? It was no big secret what was required under DADT. I felt it a fair compromise. I personally don't feel anyone that participates in immoral or unnatural behavior should be fit for volunteer service. The image of the men and women that protect our country needs to be pristine. People doing indecent acts with animals and children don't uphold that image, and honestly sir, neither do people that engage in these acts with members of the same gender. Please consider this.