So this is the first draft of a letter I want to hand-write and hand-deliver to Senator Bennett’s office this week. What do you guys think?
ear Senator Bennett,
Almost 5 years ago I was issued a nomination from you to enroll at the United States Air Force Academy. I had spent 5 years developing the skill sets required of an Air Force Intelligence officer so that I would shine on my application and be able to attended the service academy where the core value is “Integrity First”.
The army officer who interviewed me for your nomination joined my liaison officer and the Academy’s fencing coach Abdul Salem in exclaiming that I was the perfect candidate and if I didn’t get in it was because I was not meant to. As you can probably tell already, I didn’t get in. Not because I lacked in my qualifications, but because my English teacher’s evaluation was lost in the mail.
For a couple of years I wondered why my Heavenly Father had prevented me from attending the Academy but eventually I realized why. After my sophmore year of college I acknowledged my self and my homosexuality. After doing so I received confirmation that this was why the Lord had intervened in my admissions process. Had I gone to the Academy I would be breaking the core value of “Integrity First” by abiding by the rule of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and hiding my sexuality. I would be lying each day, lying to survive and maintain my education and my career.
I am grateful for this tender mercy of the Lord for he has put me on a different path that has influenced thousands, brought several lives unto the gospel of Jesus Christ and directly saved the lives of 7 gay mormons who would have committed suicide.
The vote to conditionally repeal DADT has passed and you voted on party lines to deny brave men and women from serving both on the front lines and in crucial support roles that defend our great nation from attack each day. I do not expect to change your mind or your vote with my story but I do ask that your staff you read my letter.
Senator Bennett, you and I are very similar. We both graduated from East High, we both received Political Science degree’s from the University of Utah, We both were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and both are active members thereof. My family supported you in your first election and my oldest brother still has his Bob Bennett campaign button which he displays in his office. My father was one of the delegates that voted for you at the convention in your first bid for the Senate.
I ask of you, a man who has so shaped my life, a prominent man in the politics around Utah, and leader in the halls of the Senate to look and honestly evaluate the stance you have taken. If you credibly believe that our nation is better served by codifying dishonesty then there is nothing you need to say. But, But if in your evaluation you come to see that this codified dishonesty of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy vastly weakens unit cohesion then please stand up and say so. Stand up and proclaim the truth.
You have done much for me and I have already asked for so much and so I leave you with my gratitude. Thank you for taking your time to read this humble letter and thank you for honestly evaluating this policy.
David B. Baker