Cadet Cole Manders: I’m Successful Because I’m Gay
Last week the Foundation for Moral Law published a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis opposing the nomination of Col Kristin Goodwin as the next Commandant of Cadets at the US Air Force Academy:
“I oppose this nomination because Col. Goodwin does not set a proper moral example for youth…The person responsible for the education of cadets at the academy is a role model and an exemplar of proper deportment and conduct…
By nominating an open lesbian who proclaims that she is married to another woman, the Department of Defense states its disregard for the fundamental moral order established by God, thus breaking trust with the millions of Christians who voted for the new president in hope that the ungodly policies of the previous administration would be repudiated.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness had previously made a similar objection.
In response, USAFA Public Affairs officer LtCol Allen Herritage said
[BGen(S) Goodwin] was hired for her superb record, which began here as cadet where she excelled…
The Foundation’s letter was written by Kayla Moore — wife of twice-deposed Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
In an interesting rebuttal, Alabama native and Cadet Captain Cole Manders, currently the Corps Commander at Texas A&M Maritime Academy, decried Moore’s “unnatural and uncivil beast of society” and — in a soliloquy that is almost mistakable as satire — declared he is successful because he is homosexual:
I truly believe my sexual orientation is the single-biggest contributing factor to my success.
That odd statement runs counter to virtually every argument the homosexual movement has made in their efforts to normalize homosexuality in society.
In an argument meandering between illogical and arrogant, Manders essentially makes the claim that being homosexual makes one smarter:
You see, growing up gay, you suppress…anger and resentment. What this boils down to is a special sense of Emotional Intelligence. For decades, research showed that many individuals with mediocre IQ’s far exceeded those with high IQs [because of] the unique ability to control your emotions and use that energy for forward-progress…
Though he seems to credit his success and superior intellect to his homosexuality, Manders somehow concludes leadership has nothing to do with sexuality — thus, Col Goodwin should be allowed to lead the Cadet Wing at the US Air Force Academy. Checkmate, Kayla Moore.
Despite his self-confidence, Cole Manders’ statement is not the most artful or well-constructed defense of homosexuality in America — but it is an interesting one. It would seem he represents a part of society that has moved beyond the “homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals” to “homosexuals are better than heterosexuals.”
It should be a statement of the obvious that the ability to control one’s emotions is ultimately beneficial for a person’s future success. (That’s a lesson Mikey Weinstein could have used.)
Manders’ problem comes in the justification of the source by virtue of the results. That is, being homosexual caused him anger, which he learned to suppress, which benefitted him — therefore, being homosexual was “good.”
By that logic, former Marine Captain Chuck Colson’s involvement in Watergate led to his conversion to Christianity, his imprisonment (in Alabama), and ultimately his founding of the impactful Prison Fellowship — which was a “good thing” that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. So does that mean the initiating event — Watergate — was “good” and should be celebrated?
In 2013 Cole Manders was described as a “rising star” in the Alabama GOP. Manders calls himself a “progressive Republican;” in his column, he notably only mentioned his conservative credentials in the past tense.
Perhaps some day Manders will be able to look back and define himself by something other than his sexuality. Either that, or he’ll publish another column saying “gotcha!”
Also at AL.com.