Monday, January 31, 2005

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' not the issue
David Bookstabber writes the YDN with a logical explanation of the ROTC debate, and why it doesn't involve questions of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The important paragraphs: "Soldiers are required to deprive themselves of many civil liberties while in the service of our country. It may surprise civilians to learn that these constraints go far beyond haircuts and earrings to encompass strict limits on free speech as well as social and sexual behavior. Furthermore, this code of conduct is open for review by all three branches of the federal government.

It is true that any other employer would be charged with unlawful discrimination if it enforced a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on sexuality. But note likewise that any other employer would be hauled into court for enforcing such strict and arbitrary physical requirements as does the military, for forcing employees to at times work 100-hour weeks for below minimum wage, or for intentionally putting its employees in mortal danger. Yep, the military is pretty special."


UPDATE [1/31/2005 - 17:23]: For those wondering, Lexi's comment is referring to the signature at the bottom of the article, which reads:

David Bookstaber '99

Jan. 29, 3005
Way to go YDN...

1 comment:

Me said...

I'm amazed at the powers behind the YDN for being able to find Mr. Bookstaber a thousand years from now in 3005 and ask for his comments on the Yale/ROTC issue. hehehe