Pansy Division Disbanded; Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repealed
The Senate repealed the ban on gays and lesbians openly serving in the military. It is about time. (It is ironic that the two presidents who implemented and maintained the policy (Bubba and W, respectively) did everything in their power to avoid serving in the military.)
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” needed to go. Not just because it was flat out government-sanctioned discrimination. But also because as a meritocracy, the armed forces will be better off by allowing anyone to serve. The more people allowed to serve will make our military better and stronger. See, e.g., Sheryl Swoopes and Martina Navritalova. Who wouldn’t want John Amaechi to fight on their side? He is 6’10” and 270 lbs.
If the sports analogies leave you cold consider the history of African-Americans who served in the military. Prejudice based on race and color is different than sexual orientation. But many of the same arguments to discriminate against gays in the military were used to segregate African-Americans. Yet there has been no war in the history of the United States in which African-Americans did not participate with distinction. African-Americans volunteered to fight in both World I and II in large numbers (African-Americans even fought on both sides in the Civil War).
This week’s victory, however, is tempered by the fact that this country is at war. Siouxsie cannot even comprehend that gay men and women have been fighting so hard for their right to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. For that Siouxsie salutes them with a song by the Pansy Division.
(For those who are hearing impaired, click here to read Pansy Division’s lyrics.)