Because nothing says class and patriotism like booing an American soldier serving in harm’s way simply because he’s gay: I’d never boo an American soldier serving in harm’s way, but then again, my definition of patriotism is clearly a lot different than that of many conservatives.
Yesterday marked the official end of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. Not surprisingly the world did not come to an end as a result of the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, nor did the…
Breaking news from the hallowed halls of Congress –
The vote on DADT elimination moves forward as the more enlightened of the GOP (Murkowski, Brown, Snowe and Collins) voted against the “party of no” and their archaic leader Mitch McConnell and grumpy old man McCain to side with the Democratic majority to allow the vote to move forward denying the standalone DADT bill a death by threatened filibuster. The vote of 63 – 33, all but promises that the President will be accomplishing his goal and that of the majority of the American people in signing a bill that eliminates DADT before the end of this fiscal year.
Paul Ryan started his career bucking his party and support for federal legislation banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. “I take lot of crap for that vote” from conservatives, says Ryan, who doesn’t consider himself a strict libertarian but says his views lean that way on this issue. “The…
The Senate has voted 57 to 40 to end further discussion on the elimination of DADT. Under the Senate’s draconian rules, this means that even with a tripartisan majority the issue is dead. The faint light of possibility exists in Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins who are working together to revive the repeal under a proposed free-standing bill that has a chance of achieving the needed 60 vote majority. Showing their true colors Murkowski (AK), Brown (MA) and Ensign (NV), 3 GOP Senators who had stood behind the repeal of DADT after hearing the results of the military’s extensive troop survey, decided to stand with their party and vote no. This continued hypocrisy shows that these senators have no shame on their two faced approach to governance. Senators Kirk of IL and Graham of SC have no self-respect judging by their votes.
To follow up on my previous posts and Zach’s recent commentary on DADT here we have McCain questioning Admiral Mullen’s leadership in his nasty sniveling way. He has the gall to say “every great leader I’ve known has asked what are your views on this issue”, yet when the people speak and provide their views he denies the validity of the same.
It’s sad to see Sen. John McCain, who once said he wasn’t necessarily opposed to repealing the U.S military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gays from serving openly in our nation’s armed forces, reduced to being the U.S. Senate’s cranky bigot: McCain first led the Republican filibuster against the…
The report is out – “About 70 percent of active-duty personnel believe dismantling “don’t ask, don’t tell” would have a positive effect on the military – or no effect at all.” If this isn’t enough to get the Senate to dump this unpleasant, wasteful law what is? The military leadership says get it done.
They’re for it… they’re against it…. the flip floppery of the McCain duo is beyond the pale. We have Senator John McCain who seems to have selective amnesia and/or early senility impacting his staying true to his prior statements and beliefs on the elimination of DADT. Not long ago he said once the military leadership said DADT should go, he would support doing so. Today he denies his own prior statements. Meanwhile his wife courageously starred in an anti-hate video denouncing the government’s treatment of GLBT people as second class systems, only to denounce her own statements by the end of the week, presumably after prodding and threats from her doddering old husband.