I Know, Don’t Ask, Because You’re Not Going To Tell

How fair is a policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”?

Doesn’t the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” essentially suggest an unconscious or unspoken shame of a solider?

Why should such a policy be socially acceptable by the military or those who make the claim that they “Support the Troops”. If this is true, why not support them all?

Who should we be more ashamed of, the person who is honest and secure enough with themselves to be open about whom they are or ourselves and those who ask, require or support a policy targeted towards someone to deny who they are?

I know, why ask that when you know most are not going to tell the truth?

Many people will argue against the government interference with religion or personal matters, but only when it affects them. Some will use opportunities such as this to inject religion in government or personal matters when it matters to them. Which way are you going to go?

I know, why ask that when you know most are not going to tell the truth?

Your approval or disapproval of someone’s relationship or preferences should not require intolerance. If it is an openly or obvious abusive relationship, then yes someone should say something, but often many decide not to ask so they won’t tell.

Consider others beyond yourself.

How would you feel when you are treated unfairly? This is how others feel when you require them to hide or mask who they are for your sake of social comfort, perceptions or appearance.

If you are for peace, justice and equality, then do not be afraid to speak up for peace, justice and equality instead of cowarding behind the comfort of going along to get along. We can not practice the “As long it isn’t in my backyard or happening to me” policy.

How do you look someone in the face and tell them you stand for freedom and liberty for all and you ask them to hide who they are?

Be true to yourself. We always hear that honesty is the best policy, but I guess that applies to everyone except you.

I know, I know, why ask these questions or bother making the point when you know most are not going to tell be honest about it?

I really support the troops, do you?


One thought on “I Know, Don’t Ask, Because You’re Not Going To Tell

  1. Perhaps I see “don’t ask, don’t tell” from a bit of a different perspective because I have served in the military and have worked with gays in the military. Therefore, I look at the issue from the perspective of security clearances/security… risk, thus National Security. Anyone who has ever obtained a security clearance can confirm that the main purpose of security paperwork, background checks and interviews is to determine risk factors (family members living in ‘hostile nations’, financial issues, ‘secrets’, etc.) that could be used to compromise (blackmail) the person seeking the clearance. One of the last questions asked is whether there is anything else, not covered by the previous questions that could be a security risk. Under DADT, that question is the Catch 22 for a gay person, as well as anyone who knows of a gay person, serving in the military. DADT actually CREATES a compromising situation, thus a security risk. Get rid of the secrecy, the security risk goes away.

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