Right-wing activist Elaine Donnelly has never met a woman or a gay man she liked. Donnelly, who has spent much of her adult life trying to roll back opportunities for both groups in the United States military, now proclaims the American people to be "confused" about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and she's advocating a name change. The truth, of course, is that no one is more confused about the facts, or the law, than Donnelly herself.
Elaine Donnelly is Confused
In Monday's Washington Times, Donnelly went on a full-fledged rant about the gall of gay Americans who believe they might have something to offer our armed forces . . . and the people who support them. Donnelly is furious with Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher for pushing for an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and she's even going so far as proposing a new name for the ban on open service: The Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993. That new name, Donnelly's twisted logic has convinced her, would make clear, once and for all, that there is a "Gays Not Welcome" sign on the Pentagon door. But what she fails to understand is that the American people do not want to continue the ban, no matter what name it is sold to them under.
In fact, there's virtually no one who believes in Donnelly's outdated antics anymore.
Poll after poll shows, consistently, that 8 out of 10 Americans support allowing gays to serve openly, and that 73% of military personnel are comfortable around gays. The line-up of those inside the military who are opposed to the ban reads like a Who's-Who of national security leaders: General John Shalikashvili, General Wesley Clark, Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy . . . and the list goes on and on.
The American people are tired of undermining national security just to placate homophobes like Donnelly. Our country has lost dozens of Arabic translators, countless doctors and nurses and numerous other highly-skilled professionals because of the ban on open service. Donnelly may think the campaign to lift that ban is “propaganda,” but the overwhelming majority of voters believe it’s just common sense.
There are more than 65,000 lesbian and gay Americans on duty in our armed forces today, and another 1 million gay Americans are military veterans. They stood up, answered the call to duty and served with distinction while Elaine Donnelly sat on her ass in Michigan and tried to belittle their contributions. So the next time a gay linguist intercepts a terrorist message about a possible strike on the U.S., let's not tell Elaine.
Apparently, she'd rather be under attack than under the protection of someone who is gay.