11 October 2009

Shoot Straight ~ Goldwater on Gays in the Military

Interesting to hear that President Obama is planning to get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In addition to decriminalizing prostitution and drugs and drinking age laws, eliminating this legalized phobia clears up one of the big remaining inconsistencies disconnecting US from the American Constitution. Getting the State out of people's private affairs is something one of my heroes, Barry Goldwater, championed...
"Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. They'll still be serving long after we're all dead and buried. That should not surprise anyone. [...] The conservative movement, to which I subscribe, has as one of its basic tenets the belief that government should stay out of people's private lives. Government governs best when it governs least -- and stays out of the impossible task of legislating morality. But legislating someone's version of morality is exactly what we do by perpetuating discrimination against gays." [And finally] "You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country, you just need to shoot straight."
Barry was right then and his ideas are still right now!

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