Trying to get to sleep last night, I turned on CSPAN, the reliable electronic sedative, there to stumble upon Senator Carl Levin and his minions of the Senate Armed Services Committee grilling the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and other military mucky-mucks on the titilating subject of gays in the military.
Triggered by President Obama's State of the Union call for the abolition of the so-called "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" policy, the Senators waxed poetic about gay rights, gay patriotism and gay heroism on the battlefield.
Got me to thinking.
The third edition of Roget's Thesaurus, published in 1995, calls the word "gay" an adjective and provides four classifications of synonyms:
1) jolly, jovial, merry
2) bright, colorful
3) homosexual, oriented toward one's own sex
4) licentious, dissapated, wanton
Since 1995, our dynamic English language has invented a noun, "gay," which generally means a homosexual or homophile, but carries the additional connotation of openness.
The distinction between the adjective and the noun is critical to the political issue, although none of the distinguished talking heads on CSPAN seemed aware of it.
If one is gay (adjective) he or she is oriented toward his or her own sex, but if one is a gay (noun) he or she is not only homosexual, he or she is out of the closet, overt, known, and acknowledged to be oriented toward his or her own sex.
The present "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy allows gay people to serve in the armed forces, and the witnesses testified that there are many such persons currently serving quite honorably in all the branches of our armed forces.
But that policy is not enough for today's aggressive homosexual community and their political compatriots. They want their fellow soldiers and sailors to know that they are oriented toward persons of their own sex.
Why in the name of all that is fair, decent and honorable would any man or woman want his or her fellow service men and women to know that he or she has a disposition toward felatio or buggery?
Do they really intend, by demanding abolition of "Don't Ask" to empower or even require the military services to inquire into every recruit's sexual orientation, and label or classify them accordingly?
Do they really intend, by demanding abolition of "Don't Tell" to require every recruit to disclose his or her innermost, personal, sexual feelings and urges?
I would be quite surprised if the introduction of females into the ranks of foot soldiers has meant that male and female troops now bivouwac together, shower together, or deficate in community facilities.
Military discipline often trumps the right of privacy, but there are some core personal matters that touch upon basic human dignity. Sex is one of them.
Do Senator Levin and his votaries contemplate constructing of a third and a fourth latrine on every army base and naval station?
Or do they intend to indoctrinate every recruit with the willingness to strip down in the presence of colleagues who openly view them as objects of sexual arousal?
If so, I would be one American who would not want to see his son or grandson among the few, the proud and the brave.