The policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been brought to the forefront again by President Obama, most recently in his State of the Union Address. Here on ThreeConservativeBros, we have debated the issue at length, often times coming up with more questions than proposed solutions to the problem. Whether or not you agree or disagree with the long standing policy’s dissolution is not my aim here, it’s to let people know that socials issues are usually complex, emotional and rarely seem to have a clear or fair answer. I’ve tried to make it a point in my dealings with socially complex, hot button issues like DADT, to take a moderate tone, search for the facts, and identify the tactics employed by all sides of the argument. We must approach these types of issues with an aim towards clarity, searching for common levels of agreement rather than surface level emoting or stubborn xenophobia.
That being said I read a great article the other day from WSJ that rationally breaks down the issue of DADT. Please take a look, it’s short and concise. The only thing I can think of that Stephens leaves out is the potential for cost increases due to inherent gender-like differences between gays and their counterparts. Similar accommodations will undoubtedly have to be taken between gay men and straight men as they are for men and women. Again in my personal opinion, this issue leaves me with more questions than answers, but Stephen’s column is definitely worth a read and I would love to hear any of your thoughts on the matter.