posted on Mar, 13 2007 @ 04:46 PM
In this current age of political correctness and overt censure, it is deplorable that an American citizen is unable to express his personal opinion
with out the potential backlash of the press and the public.
One of the fundamental rights the Constitution affords us is the Freedom of Speech. That means thats one's opinion is sacrosanct and can be voiced
with out fear of retribution. One may argue that the General, while in uniform, is speaking on behalf of the military, but the inclusive language used
relates the fact that he is stating his opinion of a behavior and his personal views on the impact it may have on the perception of todays military
When one takes the oath and assumes the uniform of his or her respective service, he has agreed to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the
U.C.M.J. This explicitly stipulates that sexual relations between members of the same sex are grounds for immediate dismissal. Knowing this fact, a
homosexual service member is forced to make a choice. Either set aside your social, romantic and sexual life for the term of service, or break this
oath by acting out and betraying your word. This is a point of personal honor. Having served, I observed both types of behaviour.
Life is not a vacuum devoid of social observations, and the members of the military that were descriminated against due to their sexual preference
were usually playing a game of smoke and mirrors. They were more often poor performing sailors who were not shipshape and squared away and were using
their ideology to justify themselves and incriminate those they felt threatened by. Other homosexual sailors were of the highest performing caliber
and were held in high esteem for their exemplary performance. In all conduct their sexuality was never a raised issue, since it was not mentioned or
acted upon. In such close quarters, one learns people and their ways, and could justifiably identify those who may be gay, but with the lack of any
complaints in their performance and service, the issue was never raised.
This General and all other Amercian citizens are entitled to their opinion and the freedom to voice such thought. Even the most radical homophobe is
allowed to hate me with every fiber of his being, and is certainly entitled to voice his opinions. Where speech becomes actions becomes the breaking
I am an American citizen who proudly served my country, and fulfilled every point of the contract that I had undertaken. While this may have deprived
me of certain aspects of a social life, this was the sacrifice I knowingly made to serve my country. Would to God that others would do the same.