Do Ask, DO Tell!

5 Dec

case in point

In an age when most forty-somethings essentially dress, act and sometimes even look like twenty-somethings, people of all ages seem equally susceptible to the lure of Harry Potter, and many of my generation’s parents are lifelong potheads,  it seems that the dusty old term “Generation Gap” is doomed to a future confined to the pages of a sociology textbook.  The one-time media darling and scapegoat of modern society’s growing pains, “Generation Gap” has almost completely dropped off the landscape, replaced, perhaps by “Culture War,” the epic struggle of Red-versus-Blue.

Here where I live, smack in the middle of what many would consider to be Ground Zero of the darkest shade of Blue, I have to continually remind myself that the rest of the country is our reality check.  Other Americans may very well have different opinions than San Franciscans about whether transgender youth have the right to attend public school naked, or dogs should be granted the vote, or if the national sport should be officially changed to yoga.


Hence it was with a certain resignation that I listened to the recent spate of discussions regarding the fate of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  Of course they’re not going to repeal it, I thought, the military is full of predominantly conservative types, and most of the country is homophobic.  The bulk of public conversation I’d heard thus far had concentrated on issues like whether or not you want to know that you’re showering next to a gay guy, or how this would somehow affect troop morale, and other senseless arguments of this ilk.  And you know, if the shower thing is what’s really bugging you, maybe you DO want to know who’s gay, so you can take your shampoo and your  insecurities over to the other side of the latrine, thank you.

But lo and behold, the polls done proved me wrong!  It looks like it just may be repealed after all, with the majority of the general civilian population as well as those in the military indicating that they essentially don’t give a shit who’s gay and who’s not.  Let ’em serve, say the masses!  So, what’s going on here, America?  Have all those over-the-top homophiles in TV-land, the folks who gave us Ellen and Ru Paul and Glee, finally pushed the nation’s acceptance levels up into the gay-positive, or at least gay-tolerant range?  Well if so – kudos!  A little neutral ground in the Culture War established …. so that more bodies can be free to fight actual wars, I suppose (but that’s another topic for another day).

Wait, what’s that now?  Some old school tight ass white guys are saying No-No-No to a repeal, you say?  General George Casey, a few other military higher ups, and old “Jumpy” John McCain are against it?  Huh.  I guess they don’t watch Glee.  Wait a minute, I see what’s going on here!  Sounds like we can take that old “Generation Gap” out of storage after all, put it on display on the mantel maybe, at least through the holidays.  Nice to see it has a little life left in it, if only for sentimentality’s sake.  But the novelty will wear off soon, no doubt.

Let’s hope so.


5 Responses to “Do Ask, DO Tell!”

  1. Will S. December 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    NEW on The Will of The People/

    Why We Must NEVER Repeal DADT

  2. WhatchutalkinboutWillis December 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I often think about a story my Gdad told me years ago, about gay men in the CCC Camps back in the 1930’s. I asked him if it wasn’t dangerous for them to be so open about it, his response “NO, nobody cared about that back then”
    Beautiful writing BTW

  3. Eric Gill December 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    It is excruciating, listening to this endless debate about “don’t ask, don’t tell”.
    While our planet is burning up, and Wall Street is walking away with wheelbarrows of our children’s and grandchildren’s money.
    But then I take heart when I realize, in a generation or less, the MacCains and like will basically be gone, and the apparently, mostly sensible American rabble can move on (to whatever other mis-directed moral slight-of hand)

    • the disgruntler December 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

      Wxactamente! I don’t really think about this much because it’s such a non-issue in my mind, in the greater scheme of things. What’s absurd to me is the amount of energy that goes into deliberating, then conducting a study, then conducting another study, then in John McCain’s case, saying the results are still no good, and blah blah blah. Let’s move on, people, the world is disintegrating as we speak!

  4. Larry Ackerman December 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    As a Conscientious Objector I of course don’t think there should be a military but since there is that military should not discriminate. Yes, I’m tired of hearing about it but I do detect movement over these many, many years since I was drafted and had to take the physical and answer the questions–I lied. No generation gap would be great if we were in the proper place, however, a gap is needed if we expect changes in our society–let’s just hope that in our lifetime the changes are all in the BETTER direction reaffirming all humanity and freedom to live and speak without war.

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