Hang In There, General Pace!
You've certainly heard Pace's comment by now:
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."Hangin' right out there with the truth, unafraid. Like he was a Marine or something. As expected, the reaction was swift:
"General Pace's comments are outrageous, insensitive and disrespectful to the 65,000 lesbian and gay troops now serving in our armed forces," the advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said in a statement on its Web site. (source)Interesting ... there are currently about 1.4 million people serving in the armed services, so this group appears to be going with gays being less than 5% of the population, not 10%. Cool ... but I digress.
The Massachusetts Dem (natch!) who introduced legislation to replace the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy with full acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and who knows what else in the military also was having a hissy little snit over the General:
"General Pace's statements aren't in line with either the majority of the public or the military. He needs to recognize that support for overturning (the policy) is strong and growing" and that the military is "turning away good troops to enforce a costly policy of discrimination." (source)Is that so? Meehan didn't bother to quote a source, most likely because he was, as Incredible Wife has noted of my opinions from time to time, talking out his butt. Verification of his butt-talk comes from Jim, the Johnny Appleseed of story-planting in C-SM, who sent these AOL survey results over a bit ago:
How do you feel about Pace's comments?Yeah, yeah, it's not scientific -- but considering that most polls that claim to accurately predict the national opinion do so on the basis of about 1,500 votes, let's not kid overselves. General Pace's comments are mainstream and acceptance of them is about on a par with votes in support of various states' initiatives proclaiming that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Not sure: 3%
In an interesting sidebar to the noisiness of the gay lobby, it's interesting to note that Pace also said this:
"As an individual, I would not want (acceptance of gay behavior) to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior."So, where are the howls of protest from the adultry lobby? Anyone? Anyone?