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The Obama Presidency – Controversy Begins

In A Christian Life, Family, Politics on January 21, 2009 at 11:05 AM

It was bound to happen, and for those who knew just how liberal Mr. Obama really is, proof is in the pudding. After all, what do you expect when the most liberal senator around is elected to the office of president? I do not believe this is what the founding fathers would have wanted or expected.

Military troops are people who should be held in high esteem for their what they do in the line of duty to both protect our country and lend a helping hand to others in need. They have needs like anyone else, and certainly deserve to work in an environment unencumbered by unnecessary pressures brought on by thoughtless bureaucrats, including the new president.

In an article citing the Obama administration’s plan to scrap the ban on gay men and women serving in the armed forces, troops discuss how they feel on the matter. To put it succinctly, many of them are not happy with the decision, and in my opinion, rightfully so. You can’t dictate how people feel about certain matters, and knowingly adding fuel to the fire is not in the troops’ best interest.

That’s not all, either. An incoming president doesn’t have to work the same way as the outgoing administration, and no one should believe they should. According to the same article mentioned above, here are some other controversial issues the new administration will deal with:

He is expected to reverse many of former President George W. Bush’s policies, including by closing the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center, banning interrogation techniques seen as torture, and scrapping funding restrictions on stem cell research.

But he may be mindful of former President Bill Clinton’s early days, when he failed to push through a change of policy on gays serving in the military and drew fire from Christian groups.

It would be nice if he could keep his liberal ideas out of the White House, but that might be a stretch. Please, President Obama, think about what you’re doing before implementing your radical decisions.

In a Newsmax article on the subject of Mr. Obama’s pro-gay stance, it is evident allowing the ban to be removed would have a detrimental affect on our military. It is my opinion the ban should be kept in place. What do you think about this highly explosive issue?

Elaine Donnelly, founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, declares there would be a certain percentage of troops who would leave if the ban were repealed. I don’t think we have the luxury of weakening our military purposefully or otherwise. Here’s what she came up with after crunching some figures:

  • A rough estimate using Defense Department numbers for all service branches and components, totaling more than 2 million, indicates that a loss of one in ten (almost 10 percent) would cost the military approximately 228,600 people — more than the active duty Marine Corps (200,000).
  • If an additional 14 percent decided to leave, the voluntary exodus would translate into a loss of almost 527,000 — a figure approaching the size of today’s active duty Army (more than 545,000).

That’s liberalism for you. None of us know for certain how this hot-button issue will play out, but it is most certainly controversial. I would be interested in your views on the matter. Would you care to comment?

  1. I really struggle with this issue because it is apparent from President Obama’s stance that he doesn’t understand how the military works. There is NO fraternization allowed between the ranks and between enlisted and officer.

    Allowing gays to come out into the open will become a nightmare. Let’s say, someone is reprimanded for fraternizing with someone they are not supposed to be with, and one of them is gay. I can see “hate crime” legal action being taken because the gay individual sees this not as a normal military procedure but as a anti-homosexual, personal attack.

    And that is just one example I see. T

    Second example. What if a “gay” soldier is captured in Iraq? They do not believe men should be “gay” and the torture that could possibly ensue because of Iraq’s Islamic theology – would be gruesome.

    This decision to allow gays out in the open is one that should not be taken lightly! This will come back to bite us in the behind. Mark my words. Not a good idea.

    BTW – thanks for writing a post on something political. Great job!

    • While I’m no longer on active duty, I can still imagine how many of the guys who worked with me would feel about this issue. They would have been angry and quite vocal if they were forced to live in close quarters with openly gay people.

      Dominique, you bring up some good points explaining why allowing homosexuals in the military is a bad idea. Here’s another hypothetical scenario that has a basis in my actual military experience. I was a supervisor in a particular section of a military hospital, and one of my duties as NCOIC was to write evaluations on my people. I never hid my Christianity, but never pushed it on others, either. I like to think my evaluations were always fairly written; my supervisors always thought I was fair.

      Anyway, one of my subordinates happened to be of a different religious background than me, and we had many discussions regarding his beliefs. He was actually a little concerned whether or not he would get a fair shake when APR time rolled around. Well after a couple of good reviews, he came to me and thanked me for being fair. What if some supervisors were not so fair-minded? Can you imagine any abuses taking place in a work environment? I certainly can.

      You’re welcome about the political post. There’s probably going to lots to write about over the course of the next several years. You can plainly see how the subject matter on my blog is somewhat eclectic, and that a purposeful intention.

  2. NCOIC – Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge…wow…I haven’t read that acronym in a long time! I so miss the Air Force! sigh…

    As far as the APR (Annual Performance Report – for those who don’t know the lingo!) I could see the opposite happening as well. You don’t give a good score and the homosexual individual sees it as an attack against him personally because of his sexual orientation.

    You do make a great point, however. The buck can go both ways! I still think Obama is not thinking this through because he has no frame of reference. I’m not real keen on having presidents with no military background. That’s just me…

    Well, going to bed. I will check back tomorrow for your response!🙂

    • Yes, I miss being near an Air Force Base, but would gladly be near a military installation of any sort. Our girls had a blast while we lived on a Marine base. That was quite an experience – an Air Force unit on a Marine base.

      You said what I was trying to say about some supervisors not giving decent APRs because of the subordinate’s sexual orientation. Political correctness is killing this country!

      I’m also with you on the president needing to have military experience. Our current president has no clue about what the men and women in our armed forces face as they faithfully carry out their duties.

  3. The entire point of view of the homosexuals is that they should be able to live their lives, as they please, out in the open, with no thought of the consequences to them or the people they associate with. That is their “right” or so they believe.

    • Larry, it’s as if they want their views thrust on the rest of society, and we’re supposed to be perfectly okay with that lifestyle. Under our constitution, they have certain rights, just like everyone else. I don’t think military ought to be forced to work under the extra pressure they would be asked to endure should this ban be lifted.

      Another thought: if people choose to be homosexual, fine, but don’t ask me to throw my morality away in order to embrace their agenda. In other words, be who you are, but don’t expect me to be like you.

  4. Well, you might be interested to know that under civil rights on the white house website, homosexuality will now be protected, even against those of us who view it as a morality and faith issue. Our morality will be dictated by our new government leaders. Nice, huh.

    • Dominique, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said “you get what you pay for”, and it looks like the American people, including we who think otherwise, are going to get what the non-thinking left and morally bankrupt people voted for. I still can’t imaging anyone in their right mind voting for BHO, but many did. What is most shocking, however, are those who name Christ as their savior ans still voted for Mr. Obama. We need to pray for God’s mercy.

  5. Hello Friends,

    I’m Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, and I appreciate your comments and concerns. I hope you will visit various sections of our website, http://www.cmrlink.org, for more information on this topic. There is a petition that I hope you will sign so that we can keep you up to date on upcoming developments. All the best, Elaine

    • Elaine, thanks for dropping in. I certainly hope is was okay to link to your site and use your name in this post. I appreciate what you do, and what you stand for.

  6. The reason that homosexuals don’t belong in the military is because of what the Bible teaches us about their very natures. Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:24-27 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error… Homosexuals are in a morality fall away from God. Just watch the gay pride parade in San Francisco to see how Godless. They even turned out in San Francisco to protest the pro-life march when they can’t even impregnate each other. My wife and I have observed many we have worked with over the years, and we are amazed by how much pain and suffering they endure in their lives. Many have died young. Many have HIV and suffering, even trying suicide. Even the ones not so far gone in their slide suffer job losses and personal life struggles without measure. They have no joy, peace, or love. God gives all men and women a conscience to know what should and shouldn’t be done, and homosexuals wrongly struggle for acceptance in society thinking that will ease their conscience and make their lives easier. It won’t, and over time they will only succeed in hardening their hearts and deadening their consciences falling deeper into the abyss. The wages of sin are death, and whoa to those that through their life choices will suffer the second death.

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