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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Armed Forces Must Force Men and Women to Live and Shower Together

The Department of Justice has forced a branch of the University of Arkansas to allow a man to use female restrooms. So be it. Then there should be no more excuses for why the government should not force the Department of Defense to require male and female Servicemen to live and shower together.

The government decided to repeal morality from the Armed Forces in December 2010 when it discontinued the misnamed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Some people noted at the time that the revoking of that policy should also have ended the segregated living and showering conditions for men and women in the Armed Forces. After all, since we now require men to live and shower with other men who are sexually attracted to them, and women to live and shower with other women who are sexually attracted to them, then there is no reason to continue the apparently outdated and backwards practice of segregating living and showering conditions for men and women who might be sexually attracted to one another. Yet this change didn’t occur following the legislation of December 2010.

However, the latest rewriting of societal norms by the government should eliminate any further discussion. There should be a loud and forceful public clamor demanding that we force the Department of Defense to require males and females in the Armed Forces to live and shower together. Apart from being the progressive thing to do—not unlike opening combat positions to women—this obviously will result in the government saving millions if not billions of dollars through the consolidation of living arrangements.

Leftists have taken control of society and now set the rules and standards for everything. And conservatives seem fine with this. Very well. But everyone should be required to play by the same rules and standards. And if one of our new standards is that we no longer recognize that there is such a thing as male and female, then that standard needs to be applied equally across all aspects of society—not just the areas of society the left thinks it can manipulate and change without creating a national uproar and backlash.

Of course, there is one alternative to forcing men and women in the Armed Forces to live and shower together. And that would be to reinstate morality into the Armed Forces. However, I have no confidence that anyone with authority has either the moral fortitude or willpower to do this. Therefore, the only acceptable course of action is to apply the new mores and laws that the left creates for us to all of society. And that means that everyone needs to play by the same rules. Do conservatives have the willpower to ensure that this will happen? I don’t know. But time will tell.

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