14 August 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Michele Bachmann is pretty certain that being anti-gay and anti-woman is a winning ticket. While she did win the pretty worthless Ames Iowa straw poll, she still has to face primary voters in places like New Hampshire where being anti-gay and anti-woman could be a problem. Bachmann feels that it would be best, though, if lesbian and gay service personnel go back into the closet if she is elected President.
CROWLEY: If you became president, would you reinstitute the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military, which said that gays could not serve openly in the military.
BACHMANN: The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy has worked very well. And I think…
CROWLEY: Would you reinstitute it then? Because it’s been set aside.
BACHMANN: It worked very well. And I would be in consultation with our commanders. But I think yes, I probably would.
DADT has been a colossal waste of money for the government. It is estimated that by 2006, DADT had cost the American taxpayer some $363 million. Five years later, it is probably much higher. What is more, military personnel who wanted to serve left the service due to the strains of serving under the shadow of DADT, and many of those who were discharged from the services due to DADT were specialists that had to be replaced, including some 58 Arabic linguists.
DADT also made it easier for military personnel to be blackmailed by people who wanted in on military secrets, and may have been part of why Private Bradley Manning got involved with Wikileaks.
Beyond all of this, the nation is all for repealing DADT with numbers ranging as high as 75% on some polls. Americans are just ready for it to be gone, and trying to appeal to the Conservative base over it just does not fly very well- even among Conservatives.
Michele Bachmann believes, though, that homosexuality is a disorder that can be cured. This is despite the evidence of tons of studies, the positions of the APA, the AMA, and numerous other groups. Simply put, she thinks it is a behavior and not an identity, and she feels that it is alright to discriminate against lesbians and gays because of that.
Religion is a behavior. Just remember that.