Friday, December 10, 2010

"The Senate Stands for Injustice," NYT Editorial board

posted by Bill Arnett @ 12:50 PM Permalink

On one of the most shameful days in the modern history of the Senate, the Republican minority on Thursday prevented a vote to allow gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military of the United States. They chose to filibuster a vital defense bill because it also banned discrimination in the military ranks. And in an unrelated but no less callous move, they blocked consideration of help for tens of thousands of emergency workers and volunteers who became ill from the ground zero cleanup after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The senators who stood in the way of these measures must answer to the thousands of gay and lesbian soldiers who must live a lie in order to serve, or drop out. They must answer to the civilians who will not serve their country when some Americans are banned from doing so for an absurd reason, and to the military leaders who all but pleaded with them to end this unjust policy. They must answer to the workers who thought they were aiding their country by cleaning up ground zero.
Again and again and again the teabagging-gop-ers must try to explain their churlish ways of preaching 'strict interpretation of the Constitution', no abortion even when the birth will kill the mother or make her suffer a lifetime raising a baby born of incest or rape, how they can give lip service to all the better things about America, while ignoring the things only a society can do: amass funds through taxes to pay for public services, transportation via bus, taxis, trains, and the planes that allow a society to survive and prosper through trade and shipping, forming police and other law enforcement entities to maintain the peace, and yet, despite certain knowledge that LBGT persons having been filling and performing these jobs for decades (Just think back to J. Edgar Hoover, a great example of LBGTs all by himself), the teabagger-gop-er's refuse to acknowledge the achievements of the LBGT community now or in the past.

I would caution Obama of an old, old saying (I remember it as if I were a small boy hearing it for the first time):
"He who has nothing to support him, is in a fair way to starve. ANON, Characters and observations, Early 18th Century
I would also like to know just what the teabagger-gop-er party would do if suddenly every military troop, or the largest part of them, "CAME OUT", declared themselves to be LBGT, and insisted upon the immediate discharge the republicans would love to give them.

NOW re-read the quotation above again, and think about it.

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