by Tom Daniels
In December of 1992, even before he began his first term as President, Bill Clinton announced a controversial policy related to the service of homosexuals in the military called, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). At the time, the Clinton administration was seriously lobbying Congress to change federal law which prevented openly homosexual individuals from serving in the United States Armed Forces. Clinton's plan was met by furious criticism from political conservatives as well as military members who said such tampering with federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) would negatively impact the nation's ability to defend itself.
Hence, Clinton backed away from his original plans and subsequently introduced the aforementioned "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which is still in force today. The premise behind DADT is simple, but it has resulted in more confusion, according to many military personnel. Under DADT, openly homosexual individuals are still prohibited from serving in the armed forces. However, recruiters and officers are instructed not to ask questions regarding an individual's sexual orientation and members of the military are supposed to keep their personal sexual habits private.
Many believe there is a movement being led by liberal politicians, "gay" activists and some members of the dominant media that would lift the prohibitions that state homosexuals cannot serve in the military under current law. It must be noted there have been a significant number of individuals discharged from the armed forces because they violated the UCMJ related to their sexual orientation. However, some sources claim the number of discharges that have taken place in recent years, due to the military's restrictions on open homosexuality, have dropped considerably.
"DO ASK, DO TELL" Group Launched
RFFM.org has launched an effort to counter the pro-homosexual agenda being advanced by some special interest groups. "Obviously, there are those who want to change federal law regarding homosexuals in the military," said Daniel Zanoza, executive director of RFFM.org. "Our goal is to form a group comprised of former military officers whose purpose will be to counter the attempts by pro 'gay' special interest groups who want to change federal law. For now, we are calling the organization, 'Do Ask, Do Tell' and its purpose will be to produce documentaries, form a speakers bureau and launch a campaign of information-sharing that would explain why 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has not worked and why there needs to be a clear, concise policy regarding this matter."
The issue of homosexuals in the military, once again, came to the forefront during a recent debate sponsored by CNN and YouTube. Republican presidential candidates were met with a question by an individual claiming to be an "undecided voter" and who was introduced by CNN as a former "Brigadier General" in the United States Army. It was later learned that Keith Kerr's highest rank in the National Guard was Colonel.
In a letter written to noted-author David Horowitz and published on David Horowitz/frontpagemagazine.com, retired Brigadier General William Becker wrote of Kerr:
Keith Kerr IS NOT A BRIGADIER GENERAL. HE IS NOT EVEN AN ACTIVE DUTY RETIRED ARMY OFFICER. HE SPENT HIS YEARS AS A RESERVIST SOLELY IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA MILITARY BUREAUCRACY. HIS BIO IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAY ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO VOIDING THE "DON'T ASK DON'T TELL" POLICY.
FOR DETAILS. YOU MUST NOTE THAT KERR WAS RETIRED FROM THE INACTIVE ARMY RESERVES IN THE GRADE OF COLONEL. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW YEARS SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY AS A LIEUTENANT HIS ENTIRE SERVICE WAS IN THE RESERVES IN CALIFORNIA. HE WAS PLACED IN RETIRED RESERVE STATUS WITH THE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD RESERVES AND PROMOTED TO BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THAT FEDERALLY UNRECOGNIZED STATUS.
THIS IS CONSIDERED AN "HONORARY" TITLE SIMILAR TO THE PHD AWARDED BY UNIVERSITIES AS HONORARIUM. WE WOULD NEVER REFER TO SUCH AWARDEES AS "DOCTOR". IT IS ALSO NOTEWORTHY THAT HE WAS A GRADUATE OF UC BERKELEY AND SERVED AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN ACADEMIA.
HE HAS NO COMBAT EXPERIENCE DURING HIS 43 YEARS OF "SERVICE" AND IT IS A DISGRACE FOR HIM TO BE ASSOCIATED BY THE MEDIA WITH THE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY!!!!
Besides Kerr's questionable credentials, his appearance on the CNN/YouTube debate had its intended effect. Once again, the subject of openly homosexual individuals serving in the military is being debated in the public square.
"The attempt to change public opinion regarding homosexuals in the military was made clear in the CNN/YouTube debate when the network went out of its way to create a debate over a subject they wanted to promote," said Zanoza. "The defense of our nation is at stake. Military readiness and the morale of those serving in America's Armed Forces should be everyone's foremost concern. The military should not be used as a laboratory for social experimentation. Political correctness and all that comes with it is too high a price to pay when our nation's security is at stake."
It would take an act of Congress to change the Uniform Code of Military Justice. However, the will of the American people should trump the desires of groups who put their self-interest ahead of the nation's welfare. It's time to join the fight.
For those former military officers and members of the general public who would like to join "Do Ask, Do Tell" contact Dan@rffm.org. For those who would like to make a contribution to RFFM.org, please write to: RFFM.org, 904 21st St., #71, Lincoln, IL 62656.
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