Sarah Palin Wants To Remain Ignorant…
She Doesn’t Ask, and Doesn’t Tell
Virtually every time Half-Term-Ex-Governor Palin gives a speech, she begins by asking the crowd “Do You Love Your Freedom?” She always thanks the people in the military for their service. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7gVp3diPbI She says she is proud to be an American. Often Palin is heard to mention that her son, Track, is serving in Iraq. (Some have suggested that he enlisted to avoid jail. http://news.spreadit.org/sarah-palin-son-track-palin-going-to-iraq-to-avoid-jail-time). I have written about the many examples of the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin. Yet none are more obvious than her stance regarding homosexuality in the military. Palin opposes repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law. http://www.towleroad.com/2010/02/sarah-palin-on-dont-ask-dont-tell-not-right-now.html Given Palin’s stance, she must believe that we love our freedom, but only that portion earned by the heterosexual members of the military. When she thanks the members of the military in attendance at her speeches, she presumes they are all heterosexual. She is probably correct in that assumption, as most homosexual people would never think of supporting such a hypocrite.
Palin has a long history of attempting to impose her beliefs regarding homosexuality upon the rest of us. Many heard that she had attempted to ban books while Mayor of Wasilla. In fact it was only one book she tried to ban and it was a child’s picture book, entitled Daddy’s Roommate. Willhoite, Michael, Daddy’s Roomate,1990, ISBN 10-1-55583118-4; Benet, Lorenzo, Trail Blazer, an intimate biography of Sarah Palin, 2009. Daddy’s Roommate is the story of a young boy whose divorced father moves in with his gay partner. It is a book targeting young children who may not understand the dynamics of a man who divorces his wife to live with his gay roommate. In the last two sentences of 13, the theme of the book is summarized. The mother in the book explains to her child that “Being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness.” Ibid. However Palin wouldn’t know the message of the book since she refused to read it. Ibid; Litman, Rebuttal to the Rogue at 21. When Palin was not successful in banning this book from the library in Wasilla, she stopped construction of the new library, she fired the librarian, and she sent the book to a library in a remote location. Ibid. Thus Palin accomplished indirectly what she prohibited from doing directly. Maybe she should have taken a Constitutional Law Class; maybe she should have read the book; maybe it never occurred to Sarah Palin that the concept of an “American” doesn’t include a designation of sexual preferences; and maybe one of the soldiers who saved the life of her son while he was in Iraq was a gay or lesbian soldier.
Palin’s own church seems to be proud of its teachings that if you are homosexual, you simply haven’t prayed hard enough. As if homosexuality is an undesirable characteristic, they have sponsored conferences devoted to converting homosexual people to heterosexuality, through prayer. homosexualhttp://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/07/politics/main4423486.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4423486
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted in favor of repealing the 1993 law which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving in the military unless they keep their sexual identity a secret. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/27/senate-armed-services-com_n_592782.html. As the law currently stands, if a soldier who is homosexual is exposed as being gay or lesbian, he/she will be discharged. Already 13,500 soldiers have been discharged because of this ban. Of those, more than 1000 filled critical occupations, such as engineers and interpreters. Ibid. In addition, we lose approximately 4000 members of the military every year due to their voluntary resignation. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/dont_ask_dont_tell.html. Contrast this practice to the policy of the military in granting “moral waivers” to thousands of new recruits, including people with felony convictions. Ibid.
This ban on openly gay people serving in the military is not based on any research. No research has ever shown that openly gay service hurts the military. Ibid. In fact quite the opposite is true. A 2006 Zogby International poll of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan found that 73% were personally comfortable with gays and lesbians. Ibid. Representative Patrick Murphy from Pa. articulated the service person’s perspective when he said that when he served in Baghdad… “My teams did not care whether a fellow soldier was straight or gay if they could fire their assault rifle or run a convoy down ambush alley and do their job so everyone would come home safely.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/27/senate-armed-services-com_n_592782.html.
The House of Representatives has voted in favor of repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Ibid. The Senate will probably consider the bill next month. Ibid. As Americans we value the notion that “all men are created equal”. Over time we have come to realize that this phrase doesn’t just mean white heterosexual men. It means all “people”, regardless of their race, religion, gender, and sexual preference.
Oliver North gave a tribute to our soldiers and the members of our armed forces. As you watch this video, remember that any or all of the soldiers mentioned in the video might be gay or lesbian. They deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our admiration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLOjIKt7wOk