Dan Choi
Dan Choi, a West Point graduate, is one of the vocal proponents of repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, which got him discharged. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of the military has been controversial to say the least. When it was first passed, many were opposed to any interference with military affairs. The same objection is being brought now, as a federal judge Virginia Phillips ruled DADT to be unconstitutional after it was challenged in court. Many conservatives have opposed repealing the DADT doctrine, but a repeal of the policy is something everyone, including all Republicans, should embrace.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a civil rights issue

There is no question that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a civil rights issue. Denying it is tantamount to sticking one’s head in the sand. Individual liberty used to be one of the prime concerns of the Republican party. It was, after all, Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, though that is a simplistic view of those events. In fact, it was the Log Cabin Republicans who brought the suit against DADT in the first place. Civil liberties have been a hallmark cause of Republicans for a long time. There is also another incentive, one that is near and dear to the heart of any committed Republican.

It will save money

The military is publicly funded. Our troops are paid with tax dollars, and if there is one issue that unites most Republicans and like-minded independents, it is fiscal conservatism. If the military has to immediately drop all investigations and never conduct another one pursuant to a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge, that is money that will not have to be spent. That adds up to millions per year. According to USA Today, investigations based on the DADT policy had already cost the taxpayers more than $360 million by 2006.

Put that in your tea

The current mood among the more conservative wing of this nation, especially the Tea Party,  is of deep concern with fiscal practices. Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will save millions. It also means that the constitutional liberties of our fellow citizens are no longer trampled on. There is no excuse for making a second class citizen of anyone, especially people who put their lives on the line for our country.



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