I don’t like to dwell on a single issue very long since there is so much about flow to talk about. But the recent possible appeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” regarding gay Americans serving openly has, yet again, proven how important knowledge through flow is.
Let me explain. Politicians and other leaders thrive when they are able to say things and people won’t question the validity of it. Take Mike Pence, a Republican congressman from Indiana. Regarding the possible repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” Pence told the Associated Press, “The American people don’t want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda.” Here’s where understanding flow is important.
Pence’s statement, taken at face value, is probably true. Whatever the issue, the American public has always veered toward the conservative throughout history. They don’t want an organization like the military to change that status when it’s “not its place to do so”.
Okay, so what’s the problem?
First, as I mentioned in a previous blog, Pence is again using language to create flow blockages — his version of smoke and mirrors. Equal rights for gay Americans isn’t a civil rights issue, it’s a “liberal political agenda”, another battle in the “culture war”. Again, that’s like saying the 1964 Civil Rights Act was just a “liberal political agenda” and not the law that gave equal rights to millions of disenfranchised Americans.
But the bigger issue, and where Pence is caught in a blatant lie, is what the military itself does. For all its history of prejudice (like insisting black men were too stupid to fly planes prior to 1942) the military has given American minorities, primarily African Americans, more opportunities than virtually any other large organization. From the 1950’s onward, American minorities in the military have held posts and positions they could never, ever hope to obtain in corporate America. This includes women as well. (I’m not talking about the modern era as many major corporations today have non-white leaders.)
All of which proves Pence is both distorting the truth and trying to force laws on a minority population (gays) based 100% on prejudice. After all, throughout American history any advancement of minorities beyond stereotypes (maids, chauffeurs, etc.) has always considered part of a “liberal political agenda” by America’s conservatives. Read any bio of the late Lena Horne and her experiences with Hollywood for a prime example. Yet the military did it, contrary to Pence’s comments. I’m not saying the military is perfect by any means, but it is nothing like Pence is making it out to be.
Flow is about knowledge, being able to put the puzzle pieces together and see the truth through all the smoke and mirrors people like Pence love using.