One of the most revealing things that have emerge from the debate on the repeal of DADT in the military has been the glaring truth about those leaders within the membership of the Senate and the House who are against it. Some have used political savvy and double talk over the years to make it seem like they would be in favor of the repeal if the military were for it.
Well, now that the federal courts have ruled on the discriminatory nature of the policy and even with the Department of Defense citing no real opposition to the policy, these politicians are back peddling on their words. Some are citing doubts on studies that have been made, others are questioning the decisions effect on troop morale during a time of war, and the the excuses go on. Hogwash!
These are the same arguments used in the past to cover up the underlying bigotry that these leaders ,who are supposed to espouse the highest level of what this country represents, which is equality for all. It was the same for fight for the fight for equality regardless of race and gender. I mean there are still battles ongoing those areas.
This is the worst bullying of all heaped on the LGBT U.S. citizenry. Leaders of the country establishing policies and laws preventing full equality simply because of sexual preference which has nothing to do with the ability to serve, talent, skill, intelligence and patriotism. These leaders have let their own prejudices and right wing religious extremism, and in some cases, their insecure, macho straight testicles take precedence over their responsibility to act as responsible leaders in a pluralistic democratic society where theocracy does not rule.
McCain and the Republicans have chosen to be bullies. Some of the Democrats have also chosen this route. If such leaders cannot understand the basic premise of equality and are afraid to take a stand despite political pressures, no economic expertise, military experience or hero factor is worth their leadership in this country. Bullies do not belong in Congress!
There are so many great soldiers who happen to be LGBT who were lost due to this insane DADT policy. There are many who are willing to serve our country. They are willing to stand by their fellow soldiers and serve honorably. They have done it before. They are the few. They are truly the proud.
All they ask is fairness – like every other American citizen.
- Lindsey Graham: Negative on DADT repeal (salon.com)
- Swift Reaction By Senators, OutServe, Stonewall Democrats To Pentagon’s DADT Report (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Hoping to seize the momentum on DADT repeal (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Swift Reaction By Senators, OutServe, Stonewall Democrats To Pentagon’s DADT Report (lezgetreal.com)
- Cindy McCain does video opposing DADT, accusing ‘our government’ of sending signal that bullying is okay – her hubbie is the lead defender of DADT (americablog.com)
- Obama Releases Statement on Pentagon ‘DADT’ Report (towleroad.com)
- Obama issues statement on Pentagon’s DADT report (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Obama issues statement on Pentagon’s DADT report (bilerico.com)
- Which Side Are You On, Cindy McCain? (perezhilton.com)
- Pentagon Asks for Repeal of ‘DADT’; Most Troops OK With Gays in Service (politicsdaily.com)
- Tear down this wall (patryansblog.com)
- America Overwhelmingly Supports the Repeal of DADT (themoderatevoice.com)
- “Cindy McCain Blames Gay Teen Suicides and Bullying on DADT, Her Husband” and related posts (nymag.com)
- Cindy McCain Blames Gay Teen Suicides and Bullying on DADT, Her Husband – New York Magazine (news.google.com)
- DADT Will Only Be Repealed if We Do Our Part (pinkbananaworld.com)
- DURING WAR – GOP MUST Support Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense, and Military …. Stop GOP Mutiny (lezgetreal.com)
- President Obama Calls For Senate To Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Again (pinkbananaworld.com)
- President Obama on the DOD Report on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (whitehouse.gov)
- Gates to Congress: time to repeal DADT (washingtonmonthly.com)
- New Study Shows That Troops Are Cool With DADT Repeal! (perezhilton.com)
- “Gates Urging Senate To Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” Report Released” and related posts (blogs.suntimes.com)
- This day in DADT history (powerlineblog.com)
- Watch: Defense Sec’y Gates Remarks on Pentagon ‘DADT’ Report (towleroad.com)
- U.S. troops comfortable with DADT repeal (washingtonmonthly.com)
- DADT Survey Results: Showdown Starts Over Repeal of Military’s Gay Ban (politicsdaily.com)
- Big News On DADT (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- DADT Reax (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Where Will DADT Repeal Opponents Hang Their Hats Now? (my.firedoglake.com)
- DADT Repeal Opponents Come Up With Fresh Excuses Despite Study Results (huffingtonpost.com)