We’ve heard a lot of out and out B.S. about this. Let me put it as plainly and succinctly as I can. No one in a combat line outfit wants to be in a situation where he would have to serve with an openly gay person. You can cut out all the feel-good, touchy-feely crap about gays just wanting to serve their country too. Most gays are attracted to the military because there are a lot of healthy young men and women living in close proximity, in what can only be described as forced intimacy.
We all know there have been gays in the military from day one, but the military strictures against homosexual activity are severe and are there for very good reasons. They prevent, for one thing, the sexual predation of enlisted by higher ranks, from which they would have little or no defense. I have talked to people who have had such experiences. In the military you just don’t go around complaining about a higher rank. It has a tendency to make your military career miserable and short.
There are conflicting themes here…the one the military and the government want out there and the day-to-day reality of life in the military.
When I was in the United States Marine Corps I was in what was then called the Fleet Marine Force. I was in a combat line outfit. You live in a squad bay (barracks) in close proximity with about thirty other men. It’s a pretty tight-knit group of guys. There are always rumors too. Many times the ’scuttlebutt’ mill would be surprisingly accurate, we would know about an impending operation or movement long before the actual orders would be issued.
There were other rumors too. There was always a story or two about one guy or another, but nothing anyone could prove… not often anyway. These people were always looked on with suspicion. The last thing anyone in a line outfit wanted to know was that the guy in the shower next to him was making calves eyes at him. Speaking for myself, the last thing I’d want to be concerned with was that the guy you were with in a fighting hole, depending on for your life for, was more interested in your equipment than the rifle he held to kill the enemy.
We know that the gays and gay advocates are highly placed throughout the government and the Pentagon and that an attitude of political correctness has invaded the highest ranks of our military, fostered in part by our weak and insipid Commander-in-Chief.
There is no Constitutional right to service in the military of the United States of America. If there is a right at all, it is of the military services to be very discriminatory, based on the nature of the mission.
We need to let our ultra dense leaders in Washington know that gay advocacy has no place in our military, or in government at all for that matter. It only further serves to weaken and divide us at a time in our history when we need all of our strength. Gays have all the freedom they could want in our society. There is no reason at all for creating a protected class, thereby partitioning them from criticism for a lifestyle most Americans find repugnant.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2010