Monday, December 20, 2010

Fur Flying over DADT Repeal

 by Barry Mattison
I've been reading and looking at so many articles following the passage of the vote on Saturday to repeal the 17 year old policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" for gays serving openly in military service. What it seems to boil down to is that the Republican GOP for the most part,  and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) first led the charge to delay voting on the bill from the beginning due to their homophobic stance on gay rights from any point. 

from the Huffington Post
Since then they have tried every tactic from stalling, to buying votes, to adding pork...everything political to get this bill thrown out before the current lame duck session ends knowing that with the new congressional changeover in the next session they might stand a better chance of getting it dropped.

The article referenced above now shows them flip-flopping on a bill in congress regarding the Russia Arms deal that they previously promised to support because they couldn't stop the repeal of the DADT policy. Senator McCain, war hero or not lives and breathes for himself, not his constituency, the people of this country, nobody but himself and the companies that put the big bills in his pocket so he can remain above the the cutoff point for paying taxes and social security.

In another article by Joseph Christopher Rocha, writing on the "He Said, She Said Website" ( ...
"It took 17 years for the United States Congress to decide that our gay and lesbian service-members are equal human beings to their straight counterparts. Yet, still 206 members of Congress voted against this.

It is time to take names."

And so he did. Follow the link to see who voted against the bill so you know who doesn't support equal rights for everybody. There's even a group who couldn't be bothered to show up to vote at all! We are paying these people...they should be getting a letter from every person who voted for them asking why they weren't present to vote! 

He adds, 
"Many of these 206 members of Congress who voted against valuing our gay troops blood and sacrifice as equal to their straight counterparts feared that repealing DADT would lead to an avalanche of gay rights across this Country. I expect nothing less."

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