Thursday, January 13, 2011

Political correctness in Obama's military will assume a paradoxical character and be at once permissive and puritanical

The odd admixture of relativism and rigidity that now defines political correctness in the military guaranteed [Owen Honors'] firing, though it took public exposure several years after the event to trigger the termination
writes George Neumayr.
Obviously, Honors has dishonored himself. But it is not at all clear why advocates of open sexuality in the military should be so appalled by his behavior. Do they really find "raunchy" behavior shocking? If so, why do they endorse gay pride parades that exhibit the same juvenile and licentious behavior?

Spokesmen for military groups representing gay soldiers also expressed dismay at the conduct of Honors. These groups appeared very eager to prove their disciplinary bona fides and apparently saw in this episode, which involved "anti-gay slurs," a propagandistic chance to appear pro-gay and pro-discipline at the same time.

None of this moral outrage, however, is very convincing, for the philosophy underlying political correctness in the military is on the side of permissiveness and aberrant sexual expression. The whole point of the gay rights movement is to say that "no one chooses" their sexuality and thus it is an inherently undisciplined area of life. Since the now-officially approved moral philosophy of Obama's military says that disciplining one's sexual desires means "living a lie," we should expect many more "expressive" episodes in the military's future.

It appears that political correctness in Obama's military, like political correctness on Ivy League campuses, will assume a paradoxical character and be at once permissive and puritanical, endorsing liberation from traditional morality while arbitrarily regulating the terms of that release. In Obama's Animal Farm, some sins are more equal than others, and homosexuality is chief among them.

No sooner had the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" fallen than Joe Biden was blurting out happily that "gay marriage" is "inevitable," which removes any doubt about Obama's actual position on the subject. Biden's comment exposes Obama's stated opposition to gay marriage as nominal and meaningless -- a temporary opposition on cravenly political, not philosophical, grounds. He favors gay marriage, but the coast isn't quite clear enough yet for him to endorse it formally.

Also take a moment to read Frank Gaffney's Obama is hoping to capitalize on our ignorance of the men and women in uniform who defend this country and of the phenomenon known as forced intimacy

Meanwhile, the Washington Times editorializes that
Having openly homosexual troops will be devastating to morale in the armed forces, and in practice the new policy's implementation will lead to the establishment of a privileged homosexual protected class with ramifications that will reach beyond military service.