Rant: Why Rick Santorum's Views On Don't Ask, Don't Tell Are Wildly Hypocritical
Earlier tonight, Rick Santorum stood onstage during the Republican debate and explained why President Obama’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was foolish. He called it a social experiment pushed by Democrats and an unneeded distraction to the men and women serving in the Armed Forces. The former Senator from Pennsylvania argued sex shouldn’t be an issue, which it supposedly wasn’t while Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was in practice. His message received a thundering of stupid applause from those in attendance and a shout of “you fucking hypocrite” from this writer.
Rick Santorum’s views on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell aren’t only ignorant, they’re an affront to common sense and a slap in the face to his own domestic policies. For months, this smug jackass has bitched about Washington’s long and meddling arm, but what the hell is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, if not an egregious reminder of the government’s willingness to stick its nose in every conceivable issue? Limited government is not a selective theory. You can’t bemoan its offensive bloat out of one side of your mouth and then push for aggressive moralizing out of the other. Either you’re in favor of Congress having more power to tell people how to live their lives or you’re not. There is no middle ground. You can’t say President Obama shouldn’t have the power to make everyone have health care, but if I were in charge, I’d tell gay dudes they’re not allowed to show pictures of their partners if they’re in the military.
That’s what we’re talking about here, really. Rick Santorum seems to think sex shouldn’t be a topic of conversation in the military, but the truth is sex is a topic of conversation everywhere. I don’t go around telling people about what goes on in the bedroom between my fiancé and I, but I do say things like “I asked my girlfriend to marry me, and she said ‘yes’”. Conversations like that are not only commonplace, they’re the way people bond with other human beings. In fact, I would submit there’s no more decent thing you can say to someone than, “How’s your family doing?”, but for whatever reason, Rick Santorum seems to think a gay guy saying, “My boyfriend’s doing well. Thanks for asking” is tantamount to a social experiment. What the hell kind of asinine logic is that?
In 2010, The Pentagon released a study that found more than seventy percent of soldiers had no problem with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. More than one hundred thousand military personnel were interviewed, but I guess in Rick Santorum’s mind, their take is less relevant than his own foolish ramblings and apparently unrelated to his views that the government shouldn’t tell businesses how to run their operations.
I’m a registered Republican, and I’m extremely proud that I live in a country where gay and lesbian soldiers can serve openly. Maybe someday politicians like Rick Santorum will realize how foolish they sound disagreeing.