Monday, June 18, 2012

Not Your Father's Air Force XVII

Panetta Honors LGBT Service Members: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a video message thanking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered troops for their service. The message, which also honored LGBT family members for their "dedicated service to our country," coincided with LGBT pride month. It was the first such message since the Obama Administration successfully pushed through a repeal of the Clinton-era Don't Ask-Don't Tell law banning homosexuals from openly serving in the military. "The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story. The successful repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' proved to the nation that just like the country we defend, we share different backgrounds, different values, and different beliefs, but together we are the greatest military force in the world," stated Panetta in his June 15 message. Panetta said he was "very proud" of the way the services implemented the repeal and said he would remain "committed to removing as many barriers as possible to make America's military a model of equal opportunity." (Panetta transcript) (AFPS report by Cheryl Pellerin)
Different values?  Really? Aside from that, didja know this month is LGBT Pride Month?  And the president issued a proclamation to that effect?  S'true... and it's here, which is near where I got this:

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the LGBT Pride Month Reception in the East Room of the White House, June 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

I think I've lived too long.

12 comments:

  1. You DID have to post this, didn't you..

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    1. We're ALL about public service, Virg.

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  2. Diversity is the opposite of unity. Dividing the Military Team was a big goal of the Left for many years.

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    1. The Left has never been a friend to the military, ever.

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    1. Boggles the mind, doesn't it?

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  4. Him's what's in charge the one with different values. ...or none. Seems to me I served with some who were of the "LGBT" presuasion [sic] who pretty much shared a lot of the same values I had and what wasn't shared was kept to themselves. If they didn't, they found themselves on the outside

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    1. I served with gays, too, and your point is well-taken, Ivan. I believe DADT wasn't broke, so there was no need to fix it. Now we have this "pride" crap...

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  5. I'm not too concerned about what people do to exercise their synapses. I really don't. The problem starts when they want federal and state benefits.

    I would go one step farther, I would get government out of the marriage business.

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    1. I'll add my "amen" to Sam's and Andy's, Yada.

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  6. Yada.... Amen! Marriage started out as a religious institution and somewhere along the way Government got involved. Tax breaks and other preferential treatment has driven the "have nots" to lobby to get their share.

    Government should not be in our personal lives... marriage included.

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  7. Yada, AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    What Sam said.

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Just be polite... that's all I ask.