Editor’s Note: This morning the Huffington Post celebrates the day in which the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell becomes office with photos of soldiers sharing kisses and wedding vows. In the articles that follow you will find both the Huffington Post’s perspecitive and the view of US Daily Review Publisher and Editor in Chief, Kevin Price:
Huffington Post: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Goes Into Effect
After years of debate and months of final preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks.
Repeal of a 1993 law that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private took effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
Some in Congress still oppose the change, but top Pentagon leaders have certified that it will not undermine the military’s ability to recruit or to fight wars.
The Army was distributing a business-as-usual statement Tuesday saying simply, “The law is repealed,” and reminding soldiers to treat each other fairly.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, scheduled a Pentagon news conference to field questions about the repeal. And a bipartisan group of congressional supporters of…(read more)
US Daily Review: How the Left has Won: A Look at Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The left successfully waged a war against the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. This policy simply meant that, if you are in the military, do not ask subordinates about their sexual preference and if a homosexual, don’t tell others of such or you could face a discharge. Those defending this policy were those on the cultural and political right who saw it as a reasonable approach to prevent issues such as sexual preference from being a distraction in the military and as a way to actually protect homosexuals from potential harm because of the armed services perception of such a lifestyle.
Back track now to roughly twenty years ago when in 1992 Bill Clinton advocated for “DADT” over the policy of making it prohibited for homosexuals to serve in the military, which had explicitly been the case for decades. The same conservatives that fought for DADT in recent months fought passionately against it a generation ago, because there was a paradigm shift over the last two decades. I’m reminded of the great philosopher, Francis Schaeffer who argued that which is unthinkable in one generation, will become thinkable the next, and common practice after that. Schaeffer observed the teachings of Georg Wilheim Friedrich Hegel. In his book How Should We Then Live?, Schaeffer writes: “In the Universe Next Door (1976) James W. Sire summarizes Frederick Copleston’s study of Hegel in Volume 7 of A History of Philosophy (1963). This summary is so succinct that I will quote it, insofar as Copleston’s treatment is too lengthy to quote in full: ‘According to Hegel, the universe is steadily unfolding and so is man’s understanding of it. No single proposition about reality can truly reflect what is the case. Rather, in the heart of the truth of a given proposition one finds its opposite. This, where, recognized, unfolds and stands in opposition to the thesis. Yet there is truth in both thesis and antithesis, and when this is perceived a synthesis is formed and a new proposition states the truth of the newly recognized situation. But this in turn is found to contain its own contradiction and the process goes on ad infinitum. Thus the universe and man’s understanding of it unfolds dialectically. In short the universe with its consciousness…(read more)