Penned by JB Williams (9/28/11)
Amid the flurry of false propaganda surrounding Obama’s repeal of Clinton’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy concerning gay military service, the facts seem to be as distant as the solution to the crisis the policy creates within the U.S. Military.
To demonstrate the point, allow me to work backwards for a moment, beginning with the Washington Post announcement of December 18, 2010 – “The U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell law, sending to Obama a bill to end the 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the military.”
First, Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell was never a law, it was a 1993 Executive Order by then President Bill Clinton, who later called for the order to be reversed in 2003. The order did not make law, as the U.S. Constitution rests all law-making authority with congress, not the Oval Office or some un-elected federal judge.
Second, Clinton’s order did not create a 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the military. The ban on gay service in the military - open or otherwise - has existed since the establishment of our military and it still exists today, within U.S. Code of Military Conduct, as affirmed by congress in 1994.
Gay service is not the only conduct banned by military code. There are numerous conducts prohibited by military code and they all exist for a reason. The reasons for the ban on gay service are stated in the code under - TITLE 10 - ARMED FORCES - Subtitle A - General Military Law - PART II – PERSONNEL - CHAPTER 37 - GENERAL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
(1) Section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States commits exclusively to the Congress the powers to raise and support armies, provide and maintain a Navy, and make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
(2) There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces.
(5) The conduct of military operations requires members of the armed forces to make extraordinary sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, in order to provide for the common defense.
Military life is fundamentally different from civilian life in that -
A) the extraordinary responsibilities of the armed forces, the unique conditions of military service, and the critical role of unit cohesion, require that the military community, while subject to civilian control, exist as a specialized society; and
(B) the military society is characterized by its own laws, rules, customs, and traditions, including numerous restrictions on personal behavior, that would not be acceptable in civilian society.
(13) The prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service.
(14) The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.
(15) The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.
(b) Policy. - A member of the armed forces shall be separated from the armed forces under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense if one or more of the following findings is made and approved in accordance with procedures set forth in such regulations:
Bill Clinton’s 1993 Executive Order lacked the constitutional authority to alter U.S. Military Code. Although Don’t Ask was in practice, it was at no time in legal force. As a result, the 2010 repeal of Clinton’s order only eliminated an order which had no legal authority to begin with.
U.S. Military General Service Requirements, as defined by Military Code, remains as it has always existed – “The prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service.”
Military Code stands, despite all of the political wrangling over Clinton’s ill-conceived order and Obama’s repeal of that order. Nothing has changed in U.S. Military Code and only congress has the constitutional authority to alter U.S. Military Code.
Congress has never altered official military code on the subject. They have only reversed Clinton’s Don’t Ask policy, which was never law to begin with, and was not the basis for the ban on gay service in the U.S. Military.
To make gay service in the U.S. Military legal, congress would have to change Military Code, specifically, TITLE 10 - ARMED FORCES - Subtitle A - General Military Law - PART II – PERSONNEL - CHAPTER 37 - GENERAL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS. No such change has been made by congress.
Obama’s Latest Crisis
Clinton’s Executive Order created policy, not law. The policy did not make gay service in the military legal - it only told command not to ask and soldiers not to tell, circumventing military code with a lie by omission.
Obama’s repeal of Clinton’s order does not make gay service in the military legal – it only ended Clinton’s suggestion that soldiers lie on their application for service.
The U.S. Military is an all-volunteer defense force. As congress pointed out in 1994, there is no constitutional right to serve in the military, therefore, there are no constitutional protections concerning race, religion or sexual preference.
When young men and women volunteered for military service, they did so under contract with the U.S. government, based on a certain specific set of standards and conditions. Clinton and Obama have violated those standards and conditions, placing the U.S. Government in direct breach of contract with every service member. Soldiers didn’t sign up for this…
If a service member objects, and refuses to serve beside homosexuals, they will NOT be Courts Martialed. They are instead being immediately discharged from service with full honors, upon request.
It is not Military Command or Congress who is causing the crisis. Two left-wing Presidents, Clinton and Obama, attempted to circumvent long-standing Military Law via Executive Orders. Neither had ever served in the military and both are known to loathe the military. Clinton dodged the draft and Obama failed to file his Selective Service papers. Both share an agenda for our military…
Both are attempting to destroy the military, turning the world’s most fearsome fighting force into some social experiment gone wrong.
A Matter of Life and Death, NOT Homophobia
The political left has labeled all opposition as a phobia of one sort or another. When you oppose Obama’s socialism, you are a racist. When you stand up for human life, you are anti-woman. When you oppose Islamic terrorism, you are an Islamophobe. And when you stand for Military Code – you are a homophobe.
But as civilian life on the college campus or Main Street USA is seldom described as an arena of life and death, homosexuals on the college campus or at your local Wal-Mart, is something very different from homosexuals in the next bunk, shower or foxhole.
Many homosexuals have served honorably and affectively in the military. This is not the issue…
The issue is Military Code and standards of conduct aimed at providing soldiers the greatest degree of safety and security, morale and cohesion while doing the nation’s dirty work, with life and limb hanging in the balance.
Because neither Clinton nor Obama directly addressed standing Military Code, the code remains intact, as it has existed much longer than 17 years. Homosexual service in the military is still a conduct punishable by Courts Martial, according to the manual and the UCMJ.
By trying to enforce executive political whims without altering code, they have placed both gay and heterosexual members of the military squarely in the line of fire of the UCMJ. Gays can be Courts Martialed for openly or quietly serving, and all other service members can and will be released from service with honors if they refuse to serve under the breech of Military Code and the contract they agreed to when they volunteered for service.
In typical leftist fashion, they have created another division, this time within the military.
Homosexuals represent less than 2% of service members, yet the other 98% have been forced into a position which is against standing Military Code and violates the agreement they signed when volunteering for service.
If the federal government wants to make gay service legal, they will have to change standing military code. Everything else they do is just a political tool of division, aimed at created a crisis within the armed forces.
This can’t end well… Clinton told gays to lie by omission and Obama has now reversed that order.
But until congress changes Military Code, every member of the military is caught in the crossfire of political stunts and this will not serve our soldiers well, any of them.
Last, so long as we have a usurper in the White House, illegitimate Command at the top of the Military chain of command, nothing can be legally or constitutionally altered, in the Military Code or anywhere else.
MAKE "TELL" A LAW AND THEN PLACE THEM IN MEDICAL UNITS. EARLY INDIANS BELIEVED THAT THEY MADE BETTER HEALERS THAN THE AVERAGE BRAVE. THEY WOULD BE SENT TO THE MEDICINE MAN FOR TRAINING..
BUT IN NO CASE IS IT A "DECISION" THAT ONE IS GAY....IT'S ALL THE FAULT OF THE PENEAL GLAND THAT DEMANDS IT.
ACCORDING TO THE GLAND THERE ARE THREE POSSIBILITIES...NORMAL, HOMO SEXUAL AND AND THE WRONG GENDER. IT IS NOT JUST MEN BUT WOMEN AND ANIMALS AS WELL.
Thanks, Glad to be here. Excellent article.
FOR OVER FOURTY YEARS DOCTORS HAVE ALREADY MADE THE STATEMENT FROM MEASURING THE PENEAL GLAND....AS OPPOSED TO HOW THE PATIENT BEHAVED.
THINK OF THE HELLS ANGELS. THEY WERE SPIT ON FOR HOW MANY WERE KILLED WITH NAPALM FROM THE AIR. YES, EARLY HELLS ANGELS WERE PILOTS....AND SO THEY FORMED GROUPS AND JUST WALKED AWAY FROM THE STANDARD POPULATION. THEY WAS TERRIBLE AND THEY FELT BAD ABOUT IT BUT THEY FOLLOWED ORDERS SETTING UP A PHOBIA. AND THIS IS WHAT THE PENEAL GLAND ACTUALLY DOES TO THOSE WITH A GLAND THAT IS NOT NORMAL...MORE MEDICAL THAN PHYSICAL. EVER NOTICE THAT THOSE WHO LOVE "DANGER" BECOME ADICTED TO IT?
If you want to know the truth about the choice of men lying with men or women lying with women, then you need to read the opinion of the judge who wrote the law against that sin in the first place. The judge's opinion can be found in Romans 1:17-32.
Ro 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Ro 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Ro 1:19 ¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Ro 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Ro 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Ro 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Ro 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Ro 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Ro 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Ro 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Ro 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Ro 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Ro 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Ro 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Ro 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
JB Williams revealed things I did not know about the UCMJ Code.
What would happen if someone in the military enforced it and kicked out a gay?