Candidate Barack Obama promised during his campaign to address the issue of the role of gays and lesbians in the military. A year has passed and while he has addressed the health care issue, nothing much has been done concerning the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule which allows the military to dismiss members of the armed forces who are gay. Of course, this does not mean all gay people have to leave the service, just gay people who refuse to keep their mouths shut. There are gays in the military who are on their third or fourth deployment overseas which means they have risked their lives over and over again in the service of their country. On the other hand, there are millions of non-gay men and women who will never get near a front line in their lives since they have enough common sense to avoid anything that is dangerous to their well being.
It is time to end the farce, it is time to recognize patriotism and to put on end to this travesty of justice. Perhaps, President Obama could stand up for those who serve as much as he has stood up for bankers and Wall Street types who only serve their own interests. Pay attention to gays in the service, Mr. President, they actually are doing more for this nation than all the bankers put together.