Just when I think something is a done deal and working well, some idiot simply has to decide to screw things up. I just got a call asking me to write or call my Congressman to ask him to vote against the repeal of "Don't ask; don't tell". I did and did so with full commitment to the policy. It's been working well and I am a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of gal as y'all should know if you read here regularly.
It's nice to know that that Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agrees with me. You can read about it here. My take is that the military knows what the military needs. Besides, it doesn't cost us nickel to be tolerant of others.
My daughter Kate served in the Navy for eight years when the policy was passed and supports the policy completely and I figure she knows how it is and if it is needed.
Here is some thing she wrote a few years ago on gay rights on a forum of which we were both members.
"Let it be known right here, right now that I am quite proud of my up-bringing in that I have been granted the unique view that everyone has the right to suffer the 'rights' of marriage -- be they man and woman saying 'I do' or matched sets of males or females. My Mom and Dad taught me to be tolerant of everyone no matter what race, creed, color, religion, or sexuality.
I went to a college with a small but loud gay minority that made it clear what they wanted out of life was simply to be accepted and, in cases of commited partnerships, given the same respect as a normal married couple by the law. Nothing more; nothing less. The Vermont legislature and Supreme Court have made the first baby steps in assuring this respect. With hope and no doubt further legal action, this infant that is assuring the eventual guarantee of rights for 'married' homosexuals will take off like a typical toddler -- Hell bent and aiming for the door to front yard freedom!"
I am proud of her.
I think repealing "don't ask, don't tell" is a huge step backwards so I'm asking y'all to please let your Congress Critter know how you feel.
And oh yeah, stop by and see my dear friend Marty at TravelinOma and answer her blogging survey. It's interesting and will help her with a panel discussion in which she's participating! Thanks!!!!
Hope y'all are having a great day!!!!!