As a former U.S. Marine it disappoints me to hear a Marine Commandant say that don’t ask, don’t tell is a good thing especially when the Marine Corp, I belonged to expressed and showed that all Americans have rights which must be protected even if it meant your life, but what disappoints me more is John McCain’s constant assertion that it is more about preventing damage to the military than anything else. If rights of an individual are of any importance, number one should be their wishes to serve and possibly die for a nation that they believe in and love as much as everybody else. Nothing is more precise than that which you are willing to die for.
“Sen. John McCain says the effort to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members doesn’t reflect a problem in the military.” “Rather, he sees it as an effort to fulfill a political promise that was made by an “inexperienced” candidate for president.” “He lost to Democrat Barack Obama, who pledged to seek repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.” “The Republican senator from Arizona says it’s wrong to assert that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is damaging to the military.” “McCain’s views stands in opposition to those of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen.” “They support repealing the ban.” (Unknown Author, 11/28/2010, Associated Press, McCain says politics at issue with policy on gays, Retrieved from www.news.yahoo.com ).
When John McCain says that its more about politics than what’s best for the military, it should be asked if whether he was lying when he stated on the campaign trail that he would repeal don’t ask don’t tell. He favored looking at it then and plainly said if the evidence supported getting rid of the policy he would be for it but now it’s just a ploy of an “inexperienced” candidate for president. If McCain had been selected to serve as this nation president would the same inexperience not apply to him as well and just how does one get experience as president without winning the office.
A maverick roamed the range and though he shared his habitat with others he still remain free and would share his support and space with others. John McCain used to be able to stand on his own two feet and work with whomever he wished to help move this nation forward but that was before he withstood a primary challenge from the right and really lost his way. The Maverick is no more and the range is less without him. Will there ever be another Maverick in the halls of congress, time will tell but one thing is sure, there will never be a Maverick like John McCain.