Colin Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993 when the infamous,”don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was initiated in the US military to deal with issues of gays and lesbians. Powell subsequently served as Secretary of State under Republican George Bush which, supposedly, should earn him the respect of Republicans. No more incorrect words could be written. Powell issued a statement to the American people: “In the all most 17 years since the “don’t ask, don’t tell”, policy was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. I fully support the new approaches presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.” Powell, like this author who spent his adolescent years in New York City going to Greenwich Village to “beat up fags, ” we have grown up, matured, recognized the brutality and stupidity of former years and now respect the right of all Americans to be who they are.
Unfortunately, most Republicans in Congress still ramble on about the “threat” to America posed by acknowledging reality-there are gays and lesbians NOW SERVING IN THE MILITARY AND DAILY RISKING THEIR LIVES. If Rush Limbaugh is so hot about this issue, why not enlist in the military and serve the country he has never served?