Pat Buchanan is indulging in his special fantasies again.
You are trying to impose the values of Fire Island on Parris Island. These are 19-year-old Marines, they’re very macho guys. Many of them are Christian traditionalists and you’ve got these secular values and you bring open homosexuals into the barracks with these guys, it’ll be hellish. One Marine commandant said very simply, ‘Would moving homosexuals into the barracks with my Marines enhance the fighting effectiveness, the cohesion and morale of our Marine units? I don’t believe it would.’ Why change something that is working. The Marine Corps is the finest unit in the world, or one of them, and it works. Why impose outside values on them?
The multiculturals in effect won. But there is one culture basically, as I said, to Fire Island, and there is an entirely different culture. You impose one from outside on the other and you’re looking for trouble. Our Marines do very well without this.
I can safely say that about 99.9% of the gay men and lesbian women in this country — especially those eligible and willing to serve in the military — have never been to Fire Island or give a rat’s ass about the “values” of Fire Island. And even if they did, why would that have any effect on their effectiveness as a soldier? By the way, I hear that straight people go to Fire Island, too.
All this proves is that assuming that if Pat Buchanan speaks for like-minded conservatives who are opposed to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, they believe and perpetuate the stereotypes of gays and lesbians much as they did about the integration of the troops in 1948, and the assumption that most if not all Marine recruits are evangelical Christians. There are actually quite a number of Christians who are not only tolerant of gay relationships, they celebrate and welcome them into their congregations. And there are probably a fair number of Marine recruits who aren’t Christians.
Mr. Buchanan and his allies also have a rather unhealthy obsession with the sexual interests of macho 19-year-old boys. Clearly they are much more hung up on who’s having sex with who than most of the gay men and lesbians that I know, and certainly more than those who wish to serve their country.
To quote Mr. Buchanan’s own words, “Our Marines do very well without this.”
Via Bob Cesca.