Staunch republican and former Congressman Bob Barr penned a letter in today’s Wall Street Journal calling for our government to repeal everyone’s favorite discriminatory policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
In addition to highlighting the policy’s money wasting, talent trashing aspects, Georgia-born Barr – who admits he’s not the biggest gay activist this side of the political divide – takes some time to dig into his political peers, particularly the presidential candidates:
Last week’s forum of 10 Republican presidential hopefuls offered the country some troubling insight into the thinking of leading GOP candidates. In particular, the five who responded to questions about the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy governing military service by gays and lesbians showed a disturbing move away from conservative principles, in favor of what smells strongly of political expediency or timidity.
Republican presidential candidates left me — and I suspect many others — questioning whether those candidates really even understood the issue, or were simply pandering to the perceived “conservative base.” The fact is, equal treatment of gay and lesbian service members is about as conservative a position as one cares to articulate.
Barr goes on to explain what good conservatives know – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s a disgusting invasion of privacy. If the GOP wants to keep the government out of people’s personal lives, they should abandon the policy all together.
Don’t you hate when conservatives make sense?