For almost 236 years, the United States Marines has served our country with valor, honor, perseverance and clarity of goal – to preserve and protect the great nation known as the United States and all that live within her. Their heroism is legendary, first in, last to leave. Grunts, jarheads – terms we use affectionately, yet they describe the often unbelievable working conditions and sacrifices these men and women have made throughout the young history of our Republic.
Sadly, today marks a pivotal day in the history of the Corps as well as the other braches of our military. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. military officially lifted its ban on homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces
Is the Marine Corps now defunct? No. Will it collapse overnight? No. Will it (and the other forces) cease to be the most powerful in the world? Probably not. Will their efficiency, numbers and dependability fall off because of this? Perhaps – and that is what is of great concern.
There are scarce few, who have opposed homosexuals serving in the military, that would argue that they can’t do as good of job as heterosexuals or that they don’t have a right to defend their country. This isn’t the point.
We live in a society where being counter-culture or going against the norm has not only become popular, but militant. Contrary to rhetoric, atheists have always had the right to be atheists, but it has only been recently that they have begun to beat us over the head with it. The same can be said for certain sects of homosexuals who insist on forcing it onto the public (when most REALLY don’t care one way or another) and insist that we “accept” it as just another “normal” lifestyle.
Aside from the fact that homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom is contrary to the procreation of the species, it also is contrary to most of the belief systems of the world. Does our 1st amendment protect the minority? Yes, but one must ask if this protection extends to those who are minority by choice and at this point there is nothing to suggest that homosexuality is a genetic certainty. In essence, it is a choice. We could argue that for a long time – let’s get back to the military implications.
Military experts will tell you that the way to keep casualties down in a conflict is to not just defeat your opponent, but to basically kick the crap out of them in the fastest time possible. The widely lampooned term, “shock and awe” is quite accurate. This is how you get an enemy that swore that we would “swim in our own blood”, to surrender to the nearest camera crew, like what happened in the gulf wars. A fighting force that is just barely the best is going to have a long, protracted, bloody war with their adversary. The body count inevitably will skyrocket.
So it is not enough that we are better than the next guy, it is enough only when we are the best we can possibly be. In other words, if you can’t fully trust the guy in the foxhole with you, more people will die. This may or may not end up being significant in terms of this issue, but consider the cost of being wrong.
The other factor is that of the military being used as a social experiment. Imagine how shocked you may have been after seeing Top Gun in the late 80’s, running out and joining the service for all the wonderful work and educational experience (which is indeed wonderful), only to find out that when crackpots like Saddam Hussein pop up, you may actually have to go to war. Would you find great solace in knowing that your military had been sensitive and politically correct to all of the small, yet noisy minority (by choice) groups out there or the fact that you and the men and women around you had been trained with the best techniques, best instructors and best resources to insure the best possible condition for your safety and the success of the mission at hand?
For as much as the PC crowd has tried to “normalize” it, sexual preference continues to be a deeply dividing issue in the country – and the military. Granted, putting a death date on the Marine Corps at the top of this article was used as an attention getter. The U.S. military is FAR from deceased, but history may show this to be a turning point – good or bad. Only time with tell.
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