Let’s just get right to the point on why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is such an inkblot test for many phoney-baloney American macho-men. The great majority of them have never bothered to serve their country in the military. They are cowards, and they wish to distract from this by yammering about “fags” in boot camp showers.
Yes, I went there. Deal with it.
I’m not sure why Rick Perry thought it was a good idea to shoot that stupid-ass commercial equating the repeal of DADT with a war on Christianity. Though he served in the military, it hardly makes him an expect on the bravery or patriotism of others who have done the same. But I just got through watching Chris Wallace ask him to explain the fiasco on FOX, and there wasn’t an honest or logical answer in any of the blather Perry gave him.
There were plenty of social-reactionary dog whistles, though. Of course. Lots of blah-blah about “activist judges,” etc., etc., ad nauseum, ad infinitum. He was obviously speaking to his “base,” which is nowhere near large enough (thank God!) to elect him.
This base consists mainly of armchair patriots. A goodly number of whom have NEVER been in the military. Which is probably a great thing for America. They’d likely turn from G.I. Joe into Betsy-Wetsy the very first time somebody fired a shot.
It is unpatriotic to denigrate the men and women who serve in the military simply because they are gay. And to suggest we ought to turn the clock back on DADT is to espouse lying. Perry just pissed on his uniform. He doesn’t get a pass because he once wore one.
And those who never exerted themselves to serve their country should be given no free pass to macho-man land because they heap disrespect on people who are willing to do what they won’t. Again, as the overwhelming majority of American citizens today have never served in the military (and this includes the overwhelming majority of social reactionaries), most of these people are full of shit.
I went there. Deal with it.