Sen. John McCain thinks that there needs to be more study regarding whether gay Americans, including those who have already shown themselves to be exemplary soldiers, should be banned from service in the military once their sexual orientation is known. He, and others, don’t want to “rush the decision.” This is callous, inhumane, and wrong.
The public controversy over this atrocious and inhuman policy from the Clinton years has stained America’s principles based on nothing but bigotry and ignorance for over a decade, and now the endless slog to a cure is proving almost as bad as the disease.
Imagine how it must feel, as a gay man or woman, to have the wisdom of allowing your inclusion in a group of fellow citizens and the possible risks of doing so debated as if you are a lower form of life, a corrupting influence, a form of contagion, or some inherent threat to national defense and military readiness. Imagine this debate being covered in the news media for weeks, months and years. What must this do to a gay American’s confidence, self-esteem, and pride? What must it do to his or her regard for the United States and its leaders?
The end result of this controversy is pre-ordained: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unethical, dishonest, corrupting, and doomed. At this point, the deliberations and debate just add to the long-term damage by insulting, humiliating and impugning the character of good and patriotic citizens without any justification.
This is naked cruelty now, and it is intolerable.