I kinda feel sorry for Allen West. He never seems to run out of things to be outraged about, almost none of which are justified. The latest catalyst for his anger is a soldier who was given a “less than honorable” discharge for being gay has now had her status changed to an honorable discharge, which allows her to get medical care from the VA.
The Obama administration’s social equality transformation of the U.S. military continues and now sets a serious precedent for negative ramifications. Will every gay Soldier now lobby to have his/her discharges upgraded in order to claim benefits? Our nation can barely care adequately for veterans as it is.
According to Military.com, “Thirty-five years after being kicked out of the U.S. Army for being gay, an Oklahoma City woman has won her fight to have her discharge upgraded from “other than honorable” to “honorable.”
“It’s crazy,” said Lisa Weiszmiller, 53, proudly displaying an honorable discharge certificate backdated to June 22, 1979. On paper, it’s just like the “other than honorable discharge” 35 years ago never happened.”What is crazy is that this former Soldier volunteered to be in the U.S. Army fully aware of rules and regulations, and violated one that resulted in her discharge under “other than honorable” conditions. Now, years later because of an executive order repealing the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” regulation, she is afforded an upgrade in her discharge?
Support the troops! Except the gay ones, of course. And it’s really quite funny that West thinks this has anything to do with an executive order. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed by an act of Congress, not an executive order. You know why he should know that? Because he was running for Congress at the time the law was being debated and he ran on a platform of opposing the law, which passed just a few weeks after he was elected in 2010 (but before he was actually seated, so he didn’t get to vote on it).