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Don’t ask, don’t tell

That’s a strange name for a law but it makes sense in a wacky way.

The law simply says that the American military won’t ask your sexual orientation and, in return, you will not tell everybody what it is. This sounds eminently sensible to me although I am amazed that a supposedly ‘grown up’ country should feel that such a law was necessary. I know that we are supposed to be thinking about sex umpteen times an hour according to those who claim to be experts in such things, but I have not noticed that sex is a predominating subject of conversation. Many heterosexuals I have dealt with could easily have been homosexuals – and vice versa.

There is quite a huge bruhaha in the USA at the moment about the proposed repeal of this law so that homosexuals can not only serve in the armed forces but will be able to make announcements of their homosexual (gay) status. Hmmmm. Classified ads and Divisional buletins? 

Now, here is what I don’t understand, this law is in force for whatever reason but why is it now seen as necessary, by homosexuals, that they should announce their sexual orientation to all and sundry? Since they are not barred from military service, what is gained by them from the repeal of this law? I cannot believe, from my own experience, that the soldiers, sailors and airmen are not aware if some of their number are not heterosexual, nor do I believe that the members of an armed service would be bothered about it as long as the person was reliable and would fight effectively alongside them.

The law itself is assinine, as is the Congress which supports its repeal but allows filibustering members to halt the process of repeal, and will, eventually, be taken off the books. What will happen then? Will homosexuals decide that they will wear a (discreet) pink patch to announce their nature or will heterosexuals wear a rampant penis patch to ensure that their orientation will not be in question? (Actually, that wouldn’t work, would it?).

The Greeks and Spartans must be convulsed with laughter in their graves! A bullet fired from the gun of an asexual man or woman will kill you just as dead as that fired from the gun of a heterosexual or homosexual – so what’s the problem?

Always on the look-out for a conspiracy theory, I am now asking myself what the smoke screen thrown up by this affair is really hiding.

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