Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Missed the point

"One of the things the decider-in-chief has to do is decide whether he’s going to bring this country together across all its diversity or let it drift apart. Look at how much stronger the American military is because it is less racist, less sexist and less homophobic and we’re just looking for people who can do the job."

W.J. Clinton

I think the former President missed a huge point here.  I don't believe the American military was more racist, sexist or homophobic under previous presidents.  I think the military policy makers suffered from those afflictions.  The men and women who serve in our military are far superior in their sophistication and dedication than our policy makers have ever given them credit for.


Stacie Skelley said...

With all due respect CDR you are wrong. I enlisted in 1981, took a break between 1993 and 2002 and am still in the Reserves with significant amounts of Active Duty time. When the military told folks they could think anything they like but prohibited the spouting of racism while in uniform that started the shift of the military to being less racist than society (not a reflection of it). The move to a volunteer service continued that trend as the services recruited and attracted women in larger numbers resulting in less sexism. The demise of DADT will result in less homophobic commentary.

Anonymous said...

Personally insulted by WJ Clinton's comments. Last I checked, most folks in the military didn't do things that merited impeachment.

It seems like the military has become the social experiment for Congress and the Executive branch. Why can't we just focus on winning America's wars?

Anonymous said...

Constantly focusing on the "controversy" of Diversity as an issue keeps this "White Noise" in the fore-front of conversation. Why can't it just be said that we are all just American's and stop classifying what "type" of American we are. These actions only serve to re-enforce and deepen the evil and divisiveness of an organisation and prohibit true teamwork.

As we all have a heritage that is born from a distant land, outside of the American Indian, we should just have one "American Heritage" celebration and be done with all of the other recognition events.

In all of my years I have worked with all colors, creeds, religions, and, sexes, and in the end all of us, in our cases, bleed Navy blue, Where respect and credibility is based on what you bring to the team rather than pushing an agenda of personal opinions, recognition, and divisiveness that some seem use as a crutch to make up for what they lack in the areas that really make a difference.