Sunday, June 05, 2011

Bigotry Disguised as Morality

Good on Defense Secretary Gates for ending any conversation of being able to opt-out of the Military because DADT has ended.
"Sir, we joined the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps has a set of standards and values that is better than that of the civilian sector. And we have gone and changed those values and repealed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy," the sergeant told Gates during the question and answer session.

"We have not given the Marines a chance to decide whether they wish to continue serving under that. Is there going to be an option for those Marines that no longer wish to serve due to the fact their moral values have not changed?" he asked.

"No," Gates responded. "You'll have to complete your ... enlistment just like everybody else."

"The reality is that you don't all agree with each other on your politics, you don't agree with each other on your religion, you don't agree with each other on a lot of things," he added. "But you still serve together. And you work together. And you look out for each other. And that's all that matters."
The Military will be a better place if this Marine leaves once his enlistment is up. And it will be a much better place if this Marine moves beyond these hateful thoughts and and stays in.



At 06 June, 2011 14:34, Anonymous Roy Caratozzolo said...

When I read this story I was very bothered by the Marine's statement that Marines values are better than civilian values. Is he serious? Am I the only person who has a problem with a group thinking they are better than others?

At 12 June, 2011 22:04, Blogger Karl said...

The Marines take pride on maintaining the standards of an elite fighting force.

The best example of a Marine value is physical fitness. Marines exercise, either because they like to, or because they have to. And they are embarrassed by civilians who obviously do not.

I'm pretty certain that the person who made the comment is young and still has some growing up to do.


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