“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is the military policy that John Burciaga goes after in a recent Newburyport Current article – “ ‘Don’t tell’ the Marines.”
John suggests that putting an end to that policy is a “no-brainer.” He defends his opinion by first whacking the biggest Republican critic of the policy he can think of (John McCain) and then moves into the everyone-else-is-doing-it ruse for further confirmation.
John’s suggestion that Senator McCain’s “manhood” may have something to do with his opposition to DADT must have been written by someone with no knowledge of McCain’s war record.
Countries (like Israel) with threatening neighbors will, for obvious reasons, spend less time sorting out those who join their militaries. They need bodies to fill their ranks. The United States isn’t there yet.
The unspoken “no-brainer” conclusion by John in his article is that acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle makes perfect sense. It doesn’t, John.
In my opinion, the homosexual lifestyle is unscriptural, unhealthy, and unpopular. It needs to be a private practice only.
John seems to dispute the “unpopular” part but as far as I know, EVERY referendum on homosexual marriage has gone against it. In the open, people hesitate to voice opinions against the homosexual lifestyle because of the bullies and intolerant types in our midst. In private, the results have been unanimous.
In this state, the legislators prevented a homosexual marriage referendum from even getting on the ballot. You shouldn’t wonder why.
I suspect that even in an area where Smart cars are seen (imagine them in the ice ahead) and big spenders get re-elected in tough economic times (John Tierney), homosexual marriage would lose in a referendum for the reasons I’ve listed.
John, the “no brains” approach works when something is very obvious. The need to get rid of DADT isn’t.
( This entry appeared as a letter-to-the-editor in the December 17-23 issue of the Newburyport Current. )