17 April 2012

Year 2, Day 108 (How Easily People Forget)

As some of you know, I have been driving a truck for many years. I travel around the country, to many different cities, and meet people from all walks of life... with a myriad of viewpoints. I could post for months on these viewpoints, whether they be sound in their logic, or off the charts kooky. One thing I have noticed is how forgetful most people are. How they will spout off "talking points" as if they were indisputable facts, set in stone, without regard to actual truth, or even their own personal experience with a given subject matter.

For example: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Just a few weeks ago someone had shared on Facebook a photo taken of a list of why we, as Americans, should support Obama. One of the reasons listed was that he "overturned the military policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" For the record, when I enlisted in the Marine Corps (don't ask when that was, because I won't tell... it would show my age), one of the questions asked was "Are you now, or have you ever been involved in a homosexual relationship?" (or something to that effect). That was a standard policy back then. In 1993, shortly after assuming office, Bill Clinton passed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy upon the United States military. This new policy prohibited the asking of the aforementioned question, or anything remotely related to it.

Fast-forward about 19 years. President Obama's administration brought forth legislation overturning this policy... which passed. The point I'm trying to make is the same political party that put it in place, was now erasing it from the books. If you notice from above, this was, in essence a military policy, but one that they were forced to adhere to by the then-Commander-In-Chief whom implemented it, NOT one that was initiated by the military itself. Ironically enough, the same politicians who supported it in 1993, were also the same ones wishing to have it overturned. This further proves that our political process is no longer about Democrat vs. Republican, Liberal vs. Conservative, but instead the slow, gradual takeover of those in BOTH parties pushing us into a Socialist society.

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