Over the last year, I've seen big government make one bad choice after another. But the one that bugs me the most is the lame duck Congress' repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was put into place to help protect the gays that serve in the military from harassment and beatings from fellow servicemembers by not revealing that they were gay. Under the policy, they could have done their jobs without fear of repercussion.
But now the gay community has taken something that was beneficial and turned it into the scapegoat for discrimination and anti-gay sentiment.
I honestly feel that this will do more harm than good to our military conduct no matter what policies are put into place.
The soldiers that were booted out under the DADT policy weren’t discharged for the simple fact that they were gay. They were booted out because somewhere along the line they broke the rules (misconduct, poor performance, dereliction of duty, etc.) and were punished accordingly.
If they couldn’t follow the rules and codes of conduct set forth then they shouldn’t have joined — period.
Hopefully, the new year will bring better choices than this from our government and next time they will actually look at the whole picture and the consequences involved before making a decision instead of just looking at the bandwagon passing by and hopping on.