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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Gender identity doesn’t split neatly
Re: John Stec’s commentary, “When will the attack on the family end?” published Sept. 5:
He conjectures that the increasing tolerance of homosexuality is a move toward many things, one of them androgyny. It may seem like a move toward androgyny, but it actually is movement away from the gender binary.
In the gender binary, you are either masculine or feminine. However, in the real world, there is middle ground.
No one fits into the perfect boxes of total masculinity or total femininity.
Women who like to barbecue, men who are stay-at-home dads, women who can fix things, and even men who like drinks with little umbrellas in them are just a few examples of the diverse world we live in.
Without the gender binary, everyone can be whomever they want to be, free of the stereotypes normally associated with their gender.
Instead of concentrating on our differences, we should see the similarities and recognize the fact that, masculine, feminine or somewhere in between, we’re all human.
Don’t expect Congress to act
What will Congress do about Syria? That’s right, this Congress has not done anything for five years — except to fund the airports because members had to wait an hour to get their flights, due to funding cuts.
They would probably vote to give Hitler a 30-minute time-out when he invaded Poland.
Obama has taken a smart, steady path
What a strange political time. We have a president who has shown himself to be a skillful world leader, yet we listen to the din of failure.
He took us back into Afghanistan, wiped out Osama bin Laden and accomplished what we pledged to do after 9/11. He is well on the way to bringing our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq.
President Obama did not topple Bashar Assad because the result could be even worse. And he has avoided all the other quagmires of the Arab Spring.
But now Syria crossed the line by using sarin gas. Obama responded by speaking firmly with Russian President Putin, showing Assad his big stick and managing the timing instead of shooting from the hip. Now Russia and Syria are backing down.
Obama has gotten Putin, Assad and even China not only to admit Assad has the forbidden weapons, but to be willing to have a U.N. coalition destroy them.
Obama just finished a brilliant speech outlining how to follow through with this diplomatic coup and what we must do if it fades.
We are blessed with a steady hand at the helm.
He deserves the support of all of us in his humanitarian actions.
Striking Syria would be just a start
During World War II, we bombed the railroad network in Europe. Unless we hit a bridge span, the Nazis had the damage fixed in two days or less.
The mission in Syria is to degrade President Bashar Assad’s capabilities.
How long will it take Assad to regain those capabilities? Indeed, how can we have a time-limited strategy when the tactics require repeated and ongoing employment?
Sen. John McCain avers we will not put boots on the ground.
Will Syrian retaliation against our undeclared war change this calculus? Perhaps we should remember Pearl Harbor.
In Vietnam, we sprayed Agent Orange to defoliate the undergrowth on the riverbanks because the Viet Cong used this vegetation to conceal ambush parties who attacked boats on the river.
Spraying the canopy meant spraying the people hiding under the canopy. Where is our moral authority to attack Syria, when we used chemical weapons in Vietnam?
Moreover, morality is a religious standard.
Don’t I have First Amendment protection from those who would establish Judeo-Christian morality as our government’s policy?
WARREN EDWARDS VANDELL
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