The liberals are happy that Obama has repealed the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the military. Conservatives are upset, Both miss the point.
It is not the Governments business to ask people about their sexual orientation. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was to stop the military from doing investigations into service members personal lives. If a service member “came out” then he would be expelled from the military under the policy. Now, Obama says it is acceptable for people to walk around and say that they are gay.
I don’t have a problem with gays,heterosexuals, bisexuals, or transsexuals. I do have a problem with someone who has a psychological problem. Someone who feels the need to discuss their sexuality in the workplace has such a problem. It is inappropriate. If everytime I met someone, I said, “My name is Michael and I am heterosexual”, people would think that was strange. If I put a poster on my office wall stating “Straight and Proud”, I would get fired.
Most people, most of the time, can tell if someone is homosexual. There is no need to announce it. I am not one of these people because I really do not care and I don’t judge. I treat everyone as an individual. Sometimes a person’s sexual orientation is obvious and I can tell without them announcing it. Sometimes someone will introduce a person as their spouse or their same-sex friend as their “partner” so that is obvious and not need of an announcement. If I develop a personal relationship with someone, I will learn what their orientation is. I do not need to know on the workplace what it is. I do not need to be told explicitly. I do not know anyone, gay or straight, that openly announces their sexual orientation in the workplace. The people I have encountered that do this are mentally disturbed. Normal people do not do this. Even a transvestite on Fire Island dressed as a woman does not declare his sexual orientation. Why would anyone discuss it at work? This would make normal people uncomfortable and they should not have to be forced to listen to it.
The problem with repealing the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is that it allows people with psychological problems to serve in the military and carry weapons. Someone could announce his sexual orientation under inappropriate circumstances displaying a psychological problem and there is nothing the military can do about it. A normal person would think it is no ones business regardless of their orientation. I think most gays feel the same way. There is no need for any policy regarding sexual orientation per se.
Here is what the policy should be; no one should be openly discussing their sexual orientation in the military. This doesn’t discriminate and would allow the military to get rid of mentally disturbed people. And it go one further step of getting Government to stop getting involved in our personal lives and do its proper mission.