Randy Shilts' last book was [url=http://www.zmag.org/ZMag/articles/may94bronski.htm]"Conduct Unbecoming."[/url] It was published just before his untimely death due to AIDS. The book was not just about gays in the military, but gays in government. If Shilts is to be believed, there is at least one man on the Supreme Court who is homosexual and that at one point, the head of the United States Marine Corp was a gay four-star general married to a lesbian - also a high ranking military officer- a marriage of convenience and form.
A reasonable person would say "who cares?" Who cares what people want to do in their bedrooms and what's it to us? We might feel badly for people who are gay and who merely want to serve the country they love, but who are hounded because of a sexual proclivity.
Why this Guckert fiasco is so poignant is that it plays out like a nickel plated Greek Tragedy.
The Republicans openly campaigned with a political platform that is against same-sex marriage to the point that they want a constitutional amendment to prevent states from allowing it. Yet it would seem there are gay people at the highest levels of influence inside the White House who hypocritically denounce homosexuality when they are embroiled in some sort of gay network that operates in close proximity to the President.
The Republicans toughen national security measures, yet a man using a false name waltzes into the White House to put easy questions to the President. What kind of "gay cell" is working its way around the microscope that ever further probes the daily lives of ordinary citizens? The security services around the President want us to believe that no one knew Guckert's true identity? Either they are liars or buffoons.
In the 1950's, it was said homosexuals were a security risk because they could be blackmailed. Homosexual activists said: destigmatize homosexuality and stop making it illegal and there is nothing to blackmail, about.
Now the chickens have come home to roost The political party that wants to curb homosexuality is itself suffering from the "infection." Years back, in an episode called "The Changeling," Captain Kirk got rid of a robot called [url=http://soundwavs.trekkieguy.com/32.html]Nomad[/url] by pointing out the error of its logic. There are [url=http://soundwavs.trekkieguy.com/2/32/nomad.wav]wav[/url] files that some will recall. Sorta fun to listen to, yet, again tragic. Maybe it is Biblical. Maybe we recall: judge not least ye be judged. So we see what happens when someone sets out to inherit the wind.
It would give me no pleasure to attack the GOP because there are homosexuals in the GOP. I hope those who are outraged at the Guckert scandal will not turn it into an opportunity to make anti-gay remarks or put downs. Being gay is not at issue. What is at issue is the mental stability of those who are so filled with gay shame and fear that they will actually attack themselves and their fellows in order to keep from being outed.
And to show how crazy it can get, to operate a gay-boy solicitation web site, be associated with the White House and then to think they would not be caught? If they think that, they are either crazy or this network extends very high and is [i]very[/i] powerful.
Or was the pressure of the closet too much and this is how they have chosen to out themselves?
As Shakespeare said, if this were played upon a stage, it would not be believed.