U. S. Senate: Confirm Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 8:04 PM

Latest week The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Fanning'south nomination and presently our nation waits to look if the all Senate confirms his post.

U. S. Senate: Confirm Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army

President Obama, our Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces, appointed Eric Fanning as Acting United States Secretary of the Army in November two thousand fifteen. Latest week The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Fanning'south nomination and presently our nation waits to look if the all Senate confirms his post. As a former Sgt in the U. S. Marine Corps, I'm used to "rush up and wait." As a homosexual man, I've waited my all life for more public heroes. Oh yeah, Mr. Fanning is openly gay.

Fanning'south well-qualified for the post. His accomplishments read love medals across a general'south uniform. He served as the Army secretary'south principal adviser on management and operation of the service. He was undersecretary of the Air Force and the acting secretary of the Air Force. His all professional life is one of exemplary public service.

Serving in the Marine Corps was the best thing that ever happened to me. I lied about my sexuality when I enlisted. I'd to -- it was before Don't Ask; Don't Tell, so being homosexual was flat-out illegal. My fellow Marines were, and are, wonderful to me. They didn't ask if I were gay. They also never asked for my pecan pie recipe. It'south an awesome recipe, but it's the same relevance to my military service as my sexuality does.

Why are we even having this conversation about Fanning'south future when the law of the land (the very law our military defends globally) guarantees equal rights for LGBT Americans? Are candidates asked if they're heterosexual? Some straight people are downright freaky in the sack. Do you wish your prospective employer examining your private life when it's number bearing on your skill to carry out your work duties? Didn't think so.

Let'south speak about the economic impact of detest legislation. NC and GA stand to lose billions of dollars, thousands of jobs and only gain contempt from their proposed anti-gay legislation currently in motion. I pray more companies boycott these states and get their business to a state that abides the law of the Supreme Court. Mr. Fanning knows that in the military we lead with "Forward, march!" not "Hey, let'south retreat to the past."

I've learned that if a person is qualified for the job, and wants the job -- they'll do a excellent job. If anyone wants to sacrifice their time and energy for the betterment of mankind, let them. It'south challenging getting anything accomplished.

We've bigger battles to overcome (love real battles) than someone'south sexuality. America rose out of individuals seeking a better life, free of restrictions. Our long history of volunteering is successful and legendary because intrepid men and women keep personal fears aside and took charge to affect change. We're a nation made up of bright, unique citizens.

George WA had very tiny military education, yet was a brilliant strategist and self-taught tactician. Our Continental Congress had faith, saw promise, and appointed him to General. He became a grand boss and also a gifted statesman.

Mr. Fanning has the education and experience; all he needs is the Senate'south vote. I convince you that Label Fanning will uphold our constitution. I never met a man in the Marines that I wouldn't fight both for and with -- and Mr. Fanning would create a fine Marine.

Secretary Fanning is the best candidate. He'south a grand American. I'm too elderly for the privilege of serving below his command; yet I'll always be of service to my country in any way I can.

To all U. S. Senators: Let Freedom ring. Let Fanning serve.

I guess we're still having this needless conversation since I'm writing this piece. So, wish my pecan pie recipe?

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