*In his “300” voice* THIS IS… Patriotism

So, among other things that’ve got my goat right now, is the emotional assault on our serivce men and women. The assault that’s being covered under the guise of religious freedom. The assault that’s happening because it doesn’t matter what sexual orientation a person chooses for themselves, it just matters that they choose to stand up and help defend our country.

I served for five years on active duty in the US Navy. I enlisted in July of 2001. I started basic training on the 15th of August, 2001. And I KNOW I served with people who are gay, lesbian, bi, etc. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter why they choose to serve. It doesn’t matter why I chose to serve either, though I may go into that at a later time. Like me, their service represents a commitment to the freedoms we claim as ours. Even the freedom to think they are wrong, or sinners, or whatever else a person might hold as an opinion about them.

We, who have serve our country, do so knowing we don’t get to choose where and when we are called upon. Not beyond knowing we may be called upon to do more than whatever our “daily state-side routine” is. And I’ll tell you something (no, I’ve never been in one, but this is a metaphor): in a fox-hole, no one cares who the other people with them sleep with. Or what religion they are, or what political party they belong to. Why? Because everyone in there with them is, well, in there with them.

And in response to the currently used counter-argument for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” I have this to say: The same arguments were made when african-americans were allowed to serve. The same arguments were used when women were finally allowed to serve. And regardless of any truth to the arguments (yes, there always will be some “impact” at first), we adapted and overcame the challenge of integration.

So, if “All men are created equal” does actually mean all people as we claim it does, do we have the right to restrict who serves in our military? A force that is supposed to defend our equality? We have the right to have our own opinions of who should serve, but if we restrict them, what does that really say about our values? Unless we want to be hypocrites, the simple answer is we cannot restrict them. And to be clear, I’m not saying we should open our military’s doors to anyone and everyone in the world. National security and all that jazz. But of our own citizens, we cannot say “You can’t serve because you have sex with your own gender.”

So, anyway, now that that rant is done, below is a video I made, in honor of ALL our protectors. Both gone from our lives, and still among the living.

Memorial Project


~ by Xandalis on 30 April, 2010.

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