Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of The Repeal of DADT – A Christian Libertarians View on Gays in the Military

Today was the 1st anniversary of the military law of D.A.D.T. (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) being repealed. DADT was initially instituted by the Clinton administration in 1993 to keep the military from booting people out of it who were known to be gay. The thinking was that if the military couldn’t ask and gays didn’t tell , those who were gay could not be booted out because no one would know. The problem is, keeping it from public knowledge would mean you could be gay in the military but would have to remain closeted. If gays were in gay marriages they couldn’t be known. If they frequented gay places (clubs ect) it couldn’t be known, and straight people who who didn’t want to serve next to gays would never know because with DADT it was not to be revealed. If it were ..someone could get the boot. Democrats set this up, Republicans were determined to keep it going and after almost 20 years of Democrats instituting this descriminating policy they were finally coaxed into withdrawing it and September 20th 2011 it was finally repealed.

Libertarians in office and libertarians running have fought Congress tooth and nail for this repeal for years because Libertarians are all about standing up for individual liberties, where everyone is allowed to live their lives the way they want without government interference as long as the way the individual lives does not hurt or effect anyone else. DADT was wrong because it effected gays in several ways. They couldn’t share about their proud family lives as other men and women in the military were able to share. They could not introduce their partners to others they served with, the way that others could. They had to be secretive about where they were spending their time off duty, and always ran the risk of being discovered, ridiculed and ultimately booted out. With DADT finally being repealed, they are free and “the boot” could not happen, at least not because they were gay.

Of course a lot of people (even some Libertarians) were upset when DADT was repealed last year because they say that it endorses a chosen “life style that they don’t agree with”. A lot of gay people would argue thats its not something thats chosen and I agree. But let’s just say for this discussion that it IS chosen. Is it right to take away someones right to choose what they want? For those who believe in the bible, you KNOW that God doesn’t take away freedom of choice. He specifically told Adam and Eve, for instance, that he didn’t want them to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but even though he disagreed he placed it there FOR THEM TOO CHOOSE. He could have just not created the tree, and flat out JUST TOOK AWAY THEIR RIGHT TO CHOOSE in the same way that DADT took away people choices to live openly, but He didn’t. He let them choose. God always says ” I set before you life AND death, blessing AND cursing; therefore CHOOSE life that both you and your seed shall live. (Duet 30.19). More than anybody, believers should endorse everybody’s right to choose EVEN if they think the choice is a bad one, because God endorses choice. Libertarians believe in every individuals right to choose as well, as along as their choices don’t hurt or interfere with anyone else’s life. With DADT being repealed the choice for gays to live openly and honestly is now an option, before it wasn’t

In the fight for getting DADT repealed, 1000 military soldiers signed a letter claiming that repealing it would have a lot of negative outcomes. ¬†However, one year later a study has just been published by “Palm Center” a research branch of the Williams Institute at University of California Los Angeles Law School, and it found that there has been “no overall negative impacts” at all in the military aas a result of the repeal. I believe those fears were there because there are so many negative stereo types promoted of what a gay person is, and how he or she generally acts, that their ability to be effective soldiers in military was totally being overshadowed. One proof that gays are just as effective in the ¬†military as anyone else is seeing Army Colonel Tammy Smith who was promoted to Brigadier General. She was one of the first to come out as gay since the repeal last year. She’s gay and made it all the way to General yawl !! Had the law not been in effect she would have never come out and had she revealed it just 1 year earlier, she would have never been promoted even though she was found well qualified. Congratulations General Smith.

So Happy Repeal Day to everybody and to all of you who are libertarian and the libertarian minded, keep fighting for individual freedoms. Vote for your local Libertarians. Vote for our libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson…and whether he makes it or not remember he and the rest of us are out here all out here fighting so there will be liberty and justice for all.

We’ve Got To Stop Them From Their Continually Dissolving of Detroit Police: A New Libertarians Thoughts on the DPD Situation

Pic of a Vacated Police station

Anybody paying close attention to our city can clearly see police departments in the Detroit area slowly dissolving. The other day on the radio I heard a story of a man in Detroit who shoot 4 men, two whom died. Seeing no police came and there was no nearby police station, the man turned himself into the fire department and even though the fire department themselves called the police there was no police available to arrest this man. Keep in mind Detroit residents pay higher taxes than any other city in the state and all its current local government has allowed them for their continual support, is a continual dissolving of a police department and while its being diminished the citizens have no say. This would not be allowed at all if Detroit would begin to bring in libertarian leadership as Libertarian philosophy sees protection as the one “proper” function of government. Providing police to protect its citizens from criminals, an army to protect them from foreign invaders and courts to protect their legal rights in disputes over property and contracts. Anything else, libertarians see as excessive in government. Its very obvious however that safety and protection is not a main priority to Detroit’s current administration at all. If it were, then where are the works and plans this administration is implementing to ensure it?

What kind of local government would demand higher taxes of its citizens and then think they don’t have to show any improvement in the services they provided with the money they’ve already had. Thats exactly what the Democrat elected officials in Detroit have done once again. This summer Mayor Bing, and his appointed Police Chief Godbee proposed yet another millage, a new tax on the citizens of Detroit once again promising to improve its police force without ever showing any improvement at all in the services they’d already given. If they couldn’t effectively use what they had, then why should they expect more. The principle of Jesus states it best,… when you are “faithful over a little; THEN I will set you over much” (Math 25:23). A grantor won’t even grant money unless the requester has shown he’s done well with what he has. This administration has not done well in even giving its city a “false’ sense of security let alone a real sense of security. And now the Mayor wants to coerce the citizens to even pay more through a tax? How unfair!

Detroit pays the highest taxes in the state now, yet the higher the taxes they pay, the less services its seems to be able to provide . Why does Detroit keep electing a party who can’t even show its sees police protection as a main priority. Its police departments budget was just slashed $75 million, with 10% in cuts to their current salaries, and now their current staffs (who’s pay has just decreased) will now have to INCREASE their work-shifts to 12 hour work days. How do you make service better for the citizens by paying its police department less and then require that same police department to provide more service? Its not even logical ! Is Detroit just going to keep bringing in a party that continues to do things like this?

IT’S TIME OUT !! Its time for an administration who believes police protection should be the city’s MAIN PRIORITY and a government who can get it done quickly BEFORE EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SCARED AWAY.

Unlike Democrats , Libertarians always seek ways to reduce city taxes, so rather then “coerce” Detroit citizens to pay more to develop DPD, a libertarian would institute something like a regular lottery specifically to fund the police department. With a lottery the citizens are not coerced in aiding (so often when they can’t afford it). They can participate voluntarily whenever they’d like, if they’d like, on whatever level they’d like. Everybody would be encouraged to participate (even folks outside the city) not only because of the incentive of winning but because they know is designated to provide them the best police protection possible. Money would be coming in from the citizens who are participating at their own free will. No new taxes. No new city fees. Nobody is angry for participating. and the city doesn’t have to beg the Feds. Everybody’s happy! But we’ve got to get some different ideas in their to get this and other libertarian ideas going. The other party’s will never think out of the box because they’re only committed to do things the way that its been done and unfortunately the way its be done is slowly bringing the development of the Detroit Police Department to a halt.

More than a couple of times over the past couples of years the Democrat leadership of Detroit has laid off its police officers and cut DPD’s budget. Now as a result criminals now feel they own the street. What can we do to stop it? Detroit has got to start looking at getting a different kind of leadership. In looking I recommend it start looking at the Libertarian party, a party with a strong philosophy, and a ton of ideas. Detroit needs leadership like Libertarian leadership. A leadership that will work to reduce citizen taxes. A leadership that will come in with ideas to help citizens …”Live Free”.