Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, is praising Sen. John McCain for choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his presidential running mate, and the Republican National Platform, which expresses solid support for sound priorities in the making of military personnel policies. A statement in the 2008 Republican Platform, which is similar to official planks adopted in the years 2000 and 2004, reads as follows:
“The all-volunteer force has been a success. We oppose reinstituting the draft, whether directly or through compulsory national service. We support the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from ground combat units. Military priorities and mission must determine personnel policies. Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.”
In contrast, the Democratic National Platform states:
“We support the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation.”
The views of the presidential candidates also show strong contrast. In a June 24 letter to the Center for Military Readiness, Senator John McCain expressed continuing support for the law that he voted for in 1993. The statute, titled Section 654, Title 10, is frequently mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The law states that homosexuals are not eligible for military service, and it has been upheld as constitutional several times.
The “People” section of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website indicates diametric opposition to McCain’s position. Sporting a special “rainbow” logo indicating support for the “LGBT” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Left, Obama advocates repeal of the current ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” which (in the language of the LGBT Left) means congressional repeal of Section 654, Title 10.
The opinions of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on these issues have not been determined as yet, but Mrs. Donnelly noted that she is the mother of an infantry soldier about to deploy to Iraq. “It is highly unlikely that Governor Palin supports the demands of feminists and homosexual activists who want to impose their agendas on the military.”
Donnelly added, “Given Governor Palin’s record of withstanding political intimidation, it is reasonable to expect that she will support the Republican Platform and apply sound priorities to military social issues after she takes office as Vice President of the United States.”
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