Yesterday while driving home from work and listening to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” I had the misfortune of being subjected to California Congressman Duncan Hunter, a Republican and a former U.S. Marine who served both in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He is not in favor of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and here, in his words, is why:
It’s not the time to do it. I think it’s – the military is not civilian life. And I think the folks who have been in the military that have been in these very close situations with each other, there has to be a special bond there. And I think that bond is broken if you open up the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians.
Yeah, that’s going to be part of this whole thing. It’s not just gays and lesbians. It’s a whole gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community. If you’re going to let anybody no matter what preference – what sexual preference they have that means the military is going to probably let everybody in. It’s going to be like civilian life and the I think that that would be detrimental for the military.
Is that kind of like the logic people against gay marriage were using…the whole, “If you let two men or two women get married, the next thing you know they’ll be marrying a dog or a child” argument?
In the interest of full disclosure — should you want to read the entire transcript of his opinion on the subject, it’s available on the NPR Web site.
Well, at least Congressman Hunter didn’t go as far as suggesting that letting gays and lesbians serve openly in the military would cause the spread of AIDS — which, if you follow his twisted logic about hermaphrodites and transgenders, is something I can easily see him saying could also happen.
Hey, congressman Hunter. Gay guys in the military didn’t want to see your genitals when they were taking a shower with you while you were in Afghanistan and Iraq. Don’t flatter yourself. They were busy getting clean so they could help protect your ungrateful ass.
So sayeth the StickMonkey.