In the Republicans' third presidential debate tonight they discussed DADT. It's fun to watch them debate it, especially since they don't seem to know what they're talking about.
For example, after stating that he's pro-DADT, Ron Paul said:
We don't get our rights because we're gays, or women, or minorities, we get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual, uh, sexual behavior that is disruptive it should be dealt with. So it isn't the issue of homosexuality, it's the concept and understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem.I don't see how that's a very good argument for DADT. But it is interesting that when he picked identities he believes shouldn't have rights, he picked gays, women, and minorities, not straights, men, and white folk. By "interesting" I mean "honest".
Huckabee said he thought this was all about conduct, not "attitude", and he supports existing policy. I didn't know that it was my "attitude" that makes me sleep with men, I thought it was my "bad-itude". But then again, I'm not the governor of Arkansas. He also said he'd rather debate immigration.
Rudy G., who was specifically asked about the 58 Arabic translators who were dismissed under DADT, said that it's not the right time to raise these issues, referring to the war in Iraq.
Romney, who was asked about his opposition to it in 1994, said he thought DADT was "silly" when he first heard it, but it seems to be "working" now. (Acknowledging the flip-flop doesn't make it go away, Mitt.) I do wonder what he means by "working".
John McCain loves the military, but thinks it's a mistake to even talk about DADT, and said "it's working" twice, rather forcefully, I guess because he had no evidence or explanation of what he meant by that. Seriously, someone give me a definition of "working" to work with.
Then they were asked as a group if any of them would get rid of DADT, and no one spoke up.
Video's at John's.