The Senate voted down a defense bill that, among other things, would have ended the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military. I’ve already written so much about how bigoted and wrong the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is that I really don’t know what else to say.
So instead of repeating myself, I wrote a three-stanza limerick on the subject. My apologies for it not being dirty.
In my brain a soldier I’ve conjured,
Whom Congress has this day dishonored
With a vote they decided
His courage and conscience to squander.
To this, his home country, defend,
His last breath of life he’d expend.
Though their lives he protects,
Congress coldly rejects
The service they ought to commend.
The unjust affair isn’t softened
By this thought that occurs to me often:
Should he die in Iraq,
Gay or straight, he’ll fly back
With the very same flag on his coffin.