Our View: Sick of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

DKS editors

The Senate voted against repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Thursday with a 57-40 vote. Democrats dominate the Senate, which forces us to question its decision.

A study released Dec. 2 by thelittlerebellion.com proved that 70 percent of surveyed soldiers believe the repeal would be “positive, mixed or would not affect their units whatsoever.”

If it has been proven that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy doesn’t affect the military, then what are we waiting for? It’s not fool proof, but it’s more than a start, and this could have been a great step for the U.S.

An even better question, however, is why our liberal-heavy Senate would vote against the repeal.

In an article, one member of the special operations force is quoted saying, “We have a guy. He’s big, he’s mean and he kills lots of bad guys. No one cared that he was gay.”

A person’s sexual orientation does not affect his or her qualifications or ability to fight for our country, and it’s disappointing that our government has not come to terms with that yet.

In a country based on freedom, we continue to discriminate against our own citizens instead of accepting them and moving forward.

You would think the Senate would want to vote in favor of repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and play a part in making history.

We know Republicans never will, so we have to look somewhere for some sensible decision-making.

If it’s not within the government, then where do we look?

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.