Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn't talk, it swears
--It's Alright Ma, Bob Dylan
If you get on the wrong train,
you'll never get to the right station
Distractions. That seems to be the name of the game in the U.S.A. 2010.
Upon reflection on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, this is nothing but a diversionary battle. The question of "should homosexuals be fully integrated into our society" is an absurd one; the answer in a compassionate and democratic society, evident. Such inquiries are emotional hot button issues and pure smokescreen leading us from the urgent issues upon which hinge the survival of our nation.
The issue of allowing gays to serve like everyone else masks the far more important questions of why American soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan at all, and why are they still positioned in Iraq. These are the questions that eclipse both the sun and the moon.
Ditto the abortion issue on which we spin our wheels, while ignoring the poverty and hunger that afflicts large portions of our population. Some oppose abortion, but forget about the fetus once it launches into the welfare system. We are distracted railing against that which may be legislated, but not affected at all, while the clock is ticking and the contours of our nation constrict daily.
We ask the wrong questions, leading to conclusions which cannot help us address what sort of nation we will actually end up in.