SEMPER FI

The last time I looked, the office of the President of these United States still carried with it the role of the Prexy as commander in chief of our military. Practically, that means our President is the top dog, big cheese, big kahuna, numero uno, well, you get the point. In other words, the President outranks everyone else, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and can pretty much dictate to and change policy within our military if he (or hopefully in the future, she) decides to do so. But there’s the problem. Our Prexy has to act and for our current President, he’s long on posturing and pandering and short on meaningful action. A case in point is the current flap over the spouse of a Lt. Col. at Fort Bragg who is being denied membership in the on-base spouses club. This couple has been together for over 15 years, has a stable relationship, a two year old child and another child on the way. Seems like a nice couple the spouses club would welcome. There’s just one problem. The couple are gay, lesbians. In 2008, a “directive” from the Department of the Army indicated that “non-federal entities” operating on U. S. Military bases would not be allowed to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, creed, sex, age, disability or national origin.” However, the Pentagon refuses to intervene at Ft. Bragg because according to their spokesman, “there is no mention [in the directive] of discrimination based on sexual orientation.” Relying on an obvious loophole in this directive is bad enough but it also ignores that in 2011, the military finally dropped its whole anti-gay stance with the repeal of the ridiculous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Which brings us back to our President, the Commander in Chief. During his recent successful re-election campaign, Mr. Obomba pandered to every special interest group across the minority spectrum he could reach out to, including gay Americans. To win this group’s support, he changed his stance, becoming the first President to embrace and endorse gay marriage. His liberal media immediately anointed him as a savior, likening his position to that of Lincoln freeing the slaves. Fine. But where is he now? As commander, why doesn’t he intervene and simply order a change in the law to end this obvious discrimination? And for my friends on the right who obviously don’t believe gay couples should enjoy this particular status and that spouses clubs on military bases should be reserved for spouses of traditional marriages, “one man and one woman,” and that the military would be hostile to any change in that status, it’s important to note that as they usually do, the arguably toughest branch of the military, the Marines, are once again leading the charge. On January 9, 2013, Marine Corp leaders ordered that same-sex spouses be allowed to participate in spouses clubs on all Marine bases. “Semper Fi” Mr. President. 

 

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