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A thought on DADT

Posted on 2010.12.22 at 08:15
Current Music: Henry Townsend - Poor Man Blues

While I am glad to see that Gays and Lesbians will now be able to serve openly, there has been a lot of talk about DADT, and how bad it was. It makes me feel old, but I remember when the policy was put in and hailed as a big step forward; certainly it deserves credit for being better than what was before it. Don’t you think?


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Byzantine Spy
byzantinespy at 2010-12-23 03:45 (UTC) (Link)
I think the disappointment with DADT came from the fact that when Bill Clinton initially came into office it was assumed that he was going to lift the ban altogether. In the grand scheme of things, perhaps DADT was better than nothing, but it certainly wasn't great.
theservant at 2010-12-23 04:10 (UTC) (Link)
I can understand that. After writing my post, I had the thought that while Jim Crow was better than slavery, it wasn't anything to celebrate. I'm not sure that DADT was bad on that level, but it is curious that it became so loathed. I guess that it is just interesting to have watched a policy go from being progressive to oppressive.
jonnymoon at 2010-12-31 04:13 (UTC) (Link)
I see it as the reverse swing of the pendulum. I anticipate that now that recruiters are allowed to ask, "Are you sexually dysfunctional, or are you normal?" that eventually the pendulum will continue to swing, and the next sentence will be, "Ok, if you're gay, you do not qualify for enlistment...homosexuality is not compatible with the military lifestyle."
With any luck, they'll keep track of the homosexuals who enlist...that way when the pendulum completes its swing, they'll know exactly who to eject.
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