No, Chris, No!
No, Chris Wallace!
Not you too!
“Hope so” facts
Oh, please, Chris Wallace
Oh, please…come back!
Watched a recording of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace interviewing presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum. Following are some excerpts (yes, me and a pad of paper) taken from the end of the segment when the good commentator wanted more info on the former senator’s remarks concerning gays in the military.
CW… “Senator, you say sexual activity has no place in the military. Heterosexuals have been openly heterosexuals for centuries in the military without any problem…All that “Don’t ask, Don’t tell;” and the repeal of it does, is say that they are given the same rights as everybody else has had forever.
RS… “The problem is, is that sexual activity with people you are in close quarters with; who happen to be the same sex, is different than having a discussion and being open about your sexual activity where you’re not in that same situation.”
CW… “Are you saying that you think that homosexual gay soldiers are gonna sit there and go after their male counterparts?”
RS… “I didn’t suggest that…”
CW… “You said they’re in close proximity…”
RS… “They’re in close quarters. They live with people. They shower with people. All the things that are involved in living in barracks or living out in the field…unit cohesion…work together in an efficient fighting way…the effect on retention and recruitment of people to live in that environment…it could hurt our ability to put the best fighting force in place…”
CW… “You say, “Don’t inject social policy into the military”… I want to put up a quote for you.”
THE ARMY IS NOT A SOCIOLOGICAL LABORATORY…EXPERIMENTING WITH ARMY POLICY; ESPECIALLY IN A TIME OF WAR, WOULD POSE A DANGER TO EFFICIENCY, DISCIPLINE AND MORALS AND WOULD RESULT IN ULTIMATE DEFEAT.
“Does that sound about right, sir?”
RS… “Roughly, yes”
And now the “Gotcha” moment.
CW… “That’s a quote from Colonel Eugene Householder…in 1941…arguing against racial integration in the military.”
RS… “I figured. I’ve heard similar quotes…It’s very, very different. The whole gay community is trying to make this the new civil rights act…It’s not the same.
CW… “…It is a fact of your biology…”
RS… “…It is behavioral issue as opposed to a color of the skin issue…”
CW… “We’re going to have to leave it there.”
Phew. Wrote a lot. Skipped quite a bit. But you get the idea. Mr Wallace, whom I admire for his style and substance, on this issue he played the equivalency card; even speaking the “not fact” fact of Homosexuality’s biological determination. A bit disappointed am I. But, I believe everyone deserves a mulligan now and then. Mr Wallace, as Mr Santorum so gently explained; and as much as you may want it to be (for whatever reason), “It’s not the same.”