60 Minutes Confirms The Military Is Using Gays Like A Drunken Frat Boy
Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, a medical liaison for his division, told his tale on 60 minutes and apparently this fairy's tale is less uncommon than most would think with the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in place. Manzella claims that he was out to his army buddies and even introduced his boyfriend around and no one seemed to care. That is until the anonymous emails came in telling him he was being watched and to "turn down the flame." "As in flamingly gay?" asked Leslie Stahl? "Yes," Manzella says. But here comes the somewhat shocking part...apparently Manzella went to his battalion commander and told him he was a homosexual. The commander let him know that he would have to report him. Manzella wanted the truth to come out for his own sanity and during the investigation that ensued, Manzella submitted photos of him and his boyfriend and even a video of a road trip which included them kissing. The shocker is that Manzella was told "there was no evidence of homosexuality and go back to work." So how can this be, right? I'll tell you how, because they needed Manzella (who was a specialist) and the need outweighed his homosexuality. Much like a drunken frat boy who wants to "get off" and doesn't care who it is, apparently the military is following suit. 60 Minutes confirms the military is using gays like a drunken frat boy - Don't Get Me Started!
I'm not completely surprised by this story or the others that came out on the 60 Minutes broadcast. What I'm surprised about is that it's taken so long for this to come out. You see, we all get that despite what the White House keeps trying to feed us, this war is not going so well. And we also know that like that fabulous B movie from the 1960's, "Mars Needs Women", War Needs Soldiers. So when the government started getting desperate, lowering their recruiting standards, giving waivers to allow convicted felons, lowering mental standards and lowering physical standards to get people to sign up, anyone without these diminished capacities would certainly have to realize that at some point they'd start looking the other way as the gays joined the ranks...if they needed them.
Army Major Daniel Davis appeared on the show out of uniform but kept the company line strong.
When asked by Stahl, "What do you think would happen if a unit with a gay person went out into a combat situation?"
Davis replied, "In my view, men are going to die, units are going to fail that would otherwise not fail, that would otherwise not die."
Stahl pressed him by asking, "Didn't they say the same things about blacks?"
Davis countered, "You know, I've heard that many times."
"And then cohesion was achieved." Stahl states
"However, if you have a moral or religious issue you cannot order me to bond and cohese with that person," Davis says. "Because he's morally repugnant to me."
There's lots more hate where that came from spouted by Davis and others and don't think for one second, the white good old boys club that is the military isn't still "repugged" by blacks and women right along with the gays. (Albeit they have to do a better job of hiding those prejudices due to the laws that are out there now.)
And while I'd like to get all fired up about the military looking the other way when the gay has a skill they need and it suits them, I can't do it. I can't do it because the military isn't what worries me. Sure, I feel that gays should be allowed to serve openly but what bothers me more are the people sitting around who say we shouldn't be able to serve.
I had a close friend years ago and I kidded her that she was a Southern Belle because she was from the south and after all if the hoop skirt fits...We eventually lived in different states but talked often. It was during the whole start of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that our conversation turned to the policy and her thoughts. In all sincerity she said to me, "I don't think that gays should be allowed in the military but you know, you're my friend and if you wanted to be in the military, I would want you to do and be whatever you want." What she didn't realize was that most gays were like me, not some subhuman creature waiting to rape straight men and convert children into gays as we were portrayed. And what she wanted for me I not only deserved but so did every other homosexual out there. The calls between us became farther apart.
She married a man who had been in the army who was also a good old Southerner too. After they were married about a year, I went to their home for dinner. I don't know how the subject came up but this good old boy (knowing full well my mate was a black man) went on and on at dinner about how the blacks had put themselves down and in the situation that they were in, that the white people had no culpability for the plight of African Americans in US history or today. I can't say I was surprised but I was disgusted. I tried to hide my disgust toward him but still voice my opinion. "In my lifetime whites didn't allow blacks to drink out of the same fountains. Think about it, drinking from a fountain! How can that not affect us all and how can we all not share just a little shame if there's any decency within us?" I left their house and never saw them again. I hope they're well and happy but people with these kinds of beliefs have no place in my life.
I hope that the gays eventually get to serve openly. My head starts swirling with quotes like the now famous words of Rodney King who was beaten by Los Angeles police, "Can't we all just get along?" or the Elephant Man who in the film says, "I am not an animal, I am a human being." But such phrases are lost on the likes of Army Major Davis and many others. So until equality arrives, we gays are going to have to be a little smarter too so that we don't find ourselves taken advantage of no matter who it may be. We have to be realistic and at the same time not let people use us. We can't go home with a drunk straight guy (even if he's Uncle Sam) and expect him to wake up the next morning wanting to adopt children and buy a Land Rover with us. 60 Minutes confirms the military is using gays like a drunken frat boy - Don't Get Me Started!
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