Most of the country missed the initial report of Bradley Manning’s arrest for releasing classified information to Wikileaks and as such, they completely missed the most important information available to understand why Manning turned on his country and committed an act of treason.
In the initial report, Manning didn’t have a problem with the Army, the country or national security, he had a problem with his fellow soldiers. Manning didn’t voluntarily offer up any information about his sexual orientation upon enlisting in the Army and nobody asked, but it quickly became obvious and a political correct Army decided against discharging him, in which case they couldn’t, and because of harassment, decided to move what was viewed as an outcast, out of harm’s way.
This political correct move may have gotten Manning out of harm’s way, but it placed the country in harm’s way, and as a result, the punishment, reduction in rank, dishonorable discharge and 35 years military confinement is viewed as political correct.
Nobody talked about Manning’s sexual orientation after the initial report. It was if the whole country, although they knew, practiced, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ When Manning released classified information to Wikileaks, the practice of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ had been abolished by a political correct Department of Defense. It was okay to come out, practice openly, differing sexual orientations and the hope was, perhaps acceptance.
Now, when that acceptance fails, the typical response of the gay community is ignore the non-accepting individuals and concentrate on the non-accepting individual’s institution of moral educational entities. Case in point is the constant attacks on Christian businesses who will not prostitute their religious preferences, practices and values just to appease a dysfunctional segment of society that’s pushing too hard for an acceptance, they already have.
Why dysfunctional? Manning is under the impression that serving hard time includes transformation from a male to a female, of which, sustains the pushing too hard for acceptance when that goal has already been accomplished. The country gets it and accepts it, but one would be hard pressed to find in the UCMJ, provisions for transforming Bradley into Chelsea.
The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ elevator made it to the top floor without Bradley.